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Texas Bowl Betting Preview & Picks (Baylor vs. Vanderbilt)

Posted by: Charlie Smith
2018 Texas Bowl Betting Preview

The football betting NCAA bowl season keeps on getting better and better. This Thursday sportsbook players can wager on a very exciting Texas Bowl matchup between Baylor and Vanderbilt. Both programs are coming off tough seasons and will be excited to get one final win before calling it a wrap. So what kind of turnout can we expect out of this Thursday’s Bowl Game? Let’s check on the 2018 Texas Bowl betting lines to get a better idea.

Texas Bowl | Baylor vs. Vanderbilt – Thursday, December 27th  

When: 9:00 pm ET

Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas


Stream: Watch ESPN

Football Betting NCAA Odds:

Baylor +4 (-110)55½ (-110)  +165
Vanderbilt -4 (-110)55½ (-110)-190
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Baylor Bears    

The Bears turned in a rather disappointing 6-6 record this season. Included in that performance was an even more disappointing 4-5 record in Big 12 play. This naturally led to a meek 5th place ranking in the conference, which subsequently meant that Baylor didn’t come close to making the Big 12 Championship game cut. Nevertheless Baylor still performed well enough to garner an invite to the 2018 Texas Bowl. Lookin over the numbers it’s clear this will be an interesting game. The Bears come in with the better offensive unit, seeing as they’re scoring 28.3 per game while Vanderbilt is scoring 27.7 themselves. Defensively however, Baylor is at a much bigger disadvantage. This is because the Bears are giving up 31.2 points per game while the Commodores are giving up 25.1. Ultimately this gives Vanderbilt a big edge over Baylor, forcing the football betting NCAA odds to peg the Bears as the underdogs here.

Players to Watch: Charlie Brewer (2,635 passing yards, 17 TD, 8 INT), John Lovett (546 rushing yards, 5 TD, 5.5 AVG), and Jalen Hurd (946 receiving yards, 4 TD, 69 REC).

Vanderbilt Commodores           

The Commodores marched their way to a 6-6 record this season. Included in their march was a rather disappointing 3-5 record in SEC play. In the end this led to a 6th place ranking in the East Division of the SEC. Finishing penultimate is not how you want to end a year. Luckily for Vanderbilt, they now have the opportunity to finish the year with a solid Texas Bowl triumph over Baylor. And since Vanderbilt comes in with a much better defense, they shouldn’t have too hard of a time taking care of business here.

Players to Watch: Kyle Shurmur (2,844 passing yards, 23 TD, 6 INT), Ke’Shawn Vaughn (1,001 rushing yards, 10 TD, 7.0 AVG), and Kalija Lipscomb (886 receiving yards, 9 TD, 81 REC).

Texas Bowl Betting Predictions | Baylor vs. Vanderbilt


  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 5 of Baylor’s last 6 games
  • Baylor is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games
  • Baylor is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 4 of Vanderbilt’s last 5 games
  • Vanderbilt is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Vanderbilt has posted 6-6 SU record this season
Texas Bowl Betting Picks | Baylor vs. Vanderbilt

So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Texas Bowl betting matchup? All in all Vanderbilt is your best bet here. The money line is favoring them here but not too heavily, making them a pretty good SU option this Thursday. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 27-21 Vanderbilt.