Prop Culture: Bowl Style

Published on: December 19, 2012 | Written by: Todd Fuhrman

Bowl season hits full swing tomorrow with the always popular Poinsettia Bowl (insert jokes here). The reason for a 35 game slate with 34 meaning next to nothing is simple; money. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that ratings are driven by gamblers with a vested financial interest in every outcome. I'll defend it to the bitter end that bettors are responsible for lucrative tv contracts and the increased exposure given to small time college athletics. Here's looking at you MAC and SunBelt for giving us mid-week football all fall long. In the meantime, it only make sense for bettors to take advantage of the multitude of betting options available to us this postseason

Offshore sportsbooks typically get more creative than the brick and mortar shops in Vegas.  Their ability to generate customer interest with a short turnaround affords them an opportunity to increase the betting menu at a moment's notice. Bovada took the bull by the horns and hung win totals for 4 BCS leagues.  We've heard incessantly about which conference had the most favorable match-ups so what better way to back up an educated opinion than with a few hard earned dollars.

Total Bowl Wins (via Bovada)

Atlantic Coast Conference   

Over            2 (-110)
Under          2 (-130)

Big 12 Conference   

Over            4½ (-140)
Under          4½ (EVEN)

Big Ten Conference  

Over            2 (-105)
Under          2 (-135)

Southeastern Conference   

Over            6 (-130)
Under          6 (-110)

Most Points Scored in a Bowl Game by 1 team


Over            62½ (-130)
Under          62½ (-110)

Total Bowl Games that go to Overtime

Over            2½ (-110)
Under          2½ (-130)

Most Passing Yards in a Bowl Game by 1 Player  

Over            524½ (-110)
Under          524½ (-130)

Most Rushing Yards in a Bowl Game by 1 Player


Over            214½ (-140) *Kerwyn Williams of Utah St ran for 235, easy cash on the over in Game 2
Under          214½ (EVEN)

Most Receiving Yards in a Bowl Game by 1 Player 


Over            200½ (-175)
Under          200½ (+135)

Total Points Scored in 2012-2013 Bowl Season by all Teams (via BetOnline)

Over            2007.5 (-115)
Under          2007.5 (-115)

If bowl props aren't enough to get you into the spirit of the season in addition to full game spreads and totals, there's always the 2013 Heisman race.  Unfortunately you won't find odds to win the award posted anywhere in Vegas. While everyone asks the obvious quesion, "Why can't we bet it in there?" the answer to that question is since the award is voted upon, it takes special approval from the gaming control board which no book has received yet. However, just because you can't bet in Vegas doesn't mean you should discount the prices available online. Considering the last 3 winners came from well off the early season big board, there are probably better ways to tie up your money for the next 350 days.  Without further adieu...

Odds to win the Heisman
  Sportsbook.ag Bet Online Olympic
Aaron Murray 5-1 7-1 8-1
AJ McCarron 10-1 11-1 12-1
Ameer Abdullah   20-1 18-1
Blake Bell   12-1 30-1
Braxton Miller 7-2 5-1 5-1
Brett Hundley 15-1 22-1 18-1
DeAnthony Thomas 8-1 17-2 8-1
Devin Gardner     40-1
Duke Johnson   14-1 12-1
Eddie Lacy   17-1 15-1
Everett Golson   22-1 20-1
Jadeveon Clowney 15-1 8-1 12-1
Jeff Driskel   33-1 30-1
Johnny Manziel 7-2 9-2 5-1
Ka'Deem Carey   12-1 25-1
Marcus Mariota 15-1 10-1 20-1
Marqise Lee 8-1 8-1 8-1
Stefon Diggs   45-1 40-1
Stephen Morris   28-1 25-1
Tajh Boyd 12-1 12-1 15-1
Taylor Martinez 10-1 14-1 12-1
TJ Yeldon   25-1 18-1

 

Bang for your buck: Ka'Deem Carey 25-1, Jeff Driskel 33-1, Ameer Abdullah 20-1

Overvalued:
Marquise Lee 8-1, Johnny Manziel 9-2, AJ McCarron 10-1
 

Best Bowl Bet of the Weekend: Washington and Boise U46