College Football Betting Odds Predict A Great Sugar Bowl
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
One of the biggest college football betting blowouts we saw last season happened at one of the most prestigious bowl games; the 2016 Sugar Bowl. The Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Ole Miss Rebels were the two teams invited to participate in the Sugar Bowl, but the contest ended up being a heavily one-sided affair. In the end, the Rebels made quick work of the Cowboys 48-20 in a contest that didn’t live up to all the hype sportsbooks had given it. This year’s Sugar Bowl will be a matchup between two of the biggest schools in the nation and hopefully, this upcoming contest will be a little more competitive than the one we saw in January 2016.
The 2017 Sugar Bowl will be held on January 2nd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year’s rendition will mark the 83rd annual Sugar Bowl and will pit a team from the Big 12 Conference against a school from the Southeastern Conference. Specifically, this contest will pit the 8-4 Auburn Tigers against the 10-2 Oklahoma Sooners. Because how distinguished this bowl game is, it will be one of the few bowl games that will conclude the 2016 FBS football season. With that in mind, let’s see what the NCAA betting lines have to say about one of the final bowl games of the season.
NCAAF Odds – Sugar Bowl – Monday, January 2nd
Auburn Tigers +3 (-105) 63 (-110) +140
It seems that the sportsbooks are predicting a much closer contest than the one college football betting fans were treated to previously. Normally the Sugar Bowl is a contest between the highest ranked team from the SEC and the highest ranked team from the Big 12. However, since Alabama – the highest ranked team from the SEC – will be competing in the college football playoff semifinals, the honor of competing in the Sugar Bowl fell to Auburn. On the other hand, Oklahoma was the Big 12 champion and with their No. 7th national ranking, the Sooners are the highest ranked team in the Big 12. Interestingly enough this will be the second meeting between these two schools and oddly enough it will be a rematch of the 1972 Sugar Bowl in which the Sooners usurped the Tigers 40-22.
After delivering a pitiful season in 2015, Auburn’s head coach, Gus Malzahn, was dangerously close to losing his job. Malzahn knew he needed a breakout season, but when the Tigers started the season 1-2 it seemed that Malzahn would not get the season he needed. But a week 4 upset against then ranked No. 18 LSU gave Auburn the motivation they needed to amass a 6-game win streak that placed the Tigers within the Top 10. As the season drew towards its end the Tigers began to be plagued by injuries and ended up losing 2 of their final 3 games. Fortunately for Auburn, losses by both Tennessee and Florida guaranteed a spot for the Tigers in the Sugar Bowl.
Expectations were high for the Sooners after they made the playoffs in 2015. But just like Auburn, Oklahoma began the season 1-2. That disappointing start ruined any chances of making the playoffs, but a big win against Texas sent Oklahoma on a path to a Sugar Bowl berth. And, to the delight of some college football betting fans, the Sooners are coming into this bowl fame as the sportsbook favorite.