Bowl season is in full swing and NJ sports betting is as hot as ever. As the calendar turns from 2018 to 2019, online sportsbooks like BetStars NJ are the place to be in order to keep track of all the college football action. On New Year’s Day 2019, five massive games take the stage and there is money to be won.
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Picks by Brian Sausa:
SEC Battles Big Ten On New Year’s Day
Outback Bowl: Mississippi State (-7) vs. Iowa
BetStars Sportsbook has Mississippi State listed as a touchdown favorite over Iowa in the Outback Bowl in Tampa Bay.
The Bulldogs closed the season winning four of five, their only loss coming to No. 1 Alabama on the road. Iowa won two straight to end the season, but lost three in a row in Big Ten play before that. I’ll take Mississippi State to wear down the Hawkeyes in the second half and win by more than a touchdown.
Pick: Mississippi State Bulldogs (-7)
Citrus Bowl: Penn State (-6.5) vs. Kentucky
Penn State is favored by just less than a full touchdown over Kentucky heading into the Citrus Bowl, according to BetStars NJ.
Instead of showing an SEC bias against the Big Ten, I’m going the other way here. Penn State’s stout defense should keep Kentucky off the board, and the Nittany Lions’ offense is stronger than some of the lesser SEC teams the Wildcats stopped throughout the season. Penn State grinds out a win by at least a touchdown and reaches 10+ wins for a third straight season.
Pick: Penn State Nittany Lions (-6.5)
UCF Puts Streak On The Line vs. LSU
Fiesta Bowl: LSU (-7.5) vs. Central Florida
BetStars Sportsbook has LSU holding steady as 7.5-point favorites against undefeated UCF.
UCF has won 25 straight games over the course of the last two seasons and deserves a huge amount of respect. However, I see the streak ending here without their starting quarterback. The Tigers should prove to be too much for the Knights on both sides of the ball, as UCF hasn’t seen a team nearly as good as LSU this season.
Pick: LSU Tigers (-7.5)
Ohio State Takes On Washington In Rose Bowl Game
Rose Bowl: Ohio State (-6.5) vs. Washington
BetStars NJ has Ohio State listed as 6.5-point favorites in the 105th Rose Bowl Game.
Ohio State comes into the Rose Bowl as champions of the Big Ten and the No. 6 team in the nation, while Washington won the Pac-12 conference and is ranked No. 9. Like many of these New Year’s Day games, this just appears to be a mismatch on paper. Whatever confidence the public lost in the Buckeyes seemed to be regained by their thrashing of rival Michigan, plus a Big Ten championship. The Huskies are a solid all-around team but the lack the firepower that Ohio State does.
Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes (-6.5)
Georgia Aims To Prove It Belongs In CFP
Sugar Bowl: Georgia (-13) vs. Texas
According to BetStars, Texas is a massive 13-point underdog to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
After losing to Alabama in the SEC championship, Georgia was put at No.5, just outside the College Football Playoff. Despite the loss, UGA feels they belong there and not in the Sugar Bowl against Texas. The Bulldogs are a huge favorite and a considerably more powerful team than Texas on both sides, but will they cover two whole touchdowns?
People have been asking whether Texas is back after a couple of huge wins this season and a huge step forward under coach Tom Herman. They may be on the way back to prominence, although it doesn’t result in a win here. Still, the Longhorns manage to keep it close and cover against a team that feels they belong in the big show, not a consolation game.
Pick: Georgia Bulldogs (-13)
Brian Sausa works as a Quality Control Coordinator inside MLB Advanced Media’s multimedia department. A journalism graduate with an extensive sports background, Brian has been employed by multiple progressional leagues in MLB, MiLB (Minor League Baseball), and the NHL. He brings to the table a personable approach as well as extensive written and verbal communication skills that can transfer into a number of fields. You can follow him on Twitter @BrianSausa
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