2015 Bowl Games: Picking all 41 college bowls and championship game against the spread

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Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer receives the College Football Playoff trophy from College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock (left) after the game against Oregon Ducks in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Bowl games are often matchups of teams who rarely see each other, so picking against the spread can be tricky.

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I’m not a Swami and my nickname isn’t “The Greek”, so I don’t profess myself to be a professional handicapper. But when it comes to college football bowl picks, I seem to get into the zone every season, with my success rate against the spread hitting over 80 percent in the last four years.

I’ve broken down each bowl game, and looked at the average betting lines to give you some solid bowl game wager advice this season.

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Some fun bowl game betting facts for this year, via Phil Steele:

  • The SEC and Big Ten each face nine Power-5 foes in the bowls, the Big 12 takes on seven, the ACC faces six, and the Pac 12 faces five out of their 10 bowl games.
  • The ACC is involved in six bowls vs a Power-5 conference opponent, and is an underdog in all them.
  • The SEC is favored in 9 of their 10 bowl games, with the only underdog being Florida.
  • The Pac 12 is favored in 9 of their 10 bowls, with Oregon coming in at even in theirs. They’re the only conference not an underdog in any bowl.

Time for some picks. Here’s a brief breakdown of each game, some looks at the current spread and what I think teams will cover or beat.

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