Tuesday Bowl Games Sharp Report


Today the Holiday Week continues with a loaded slate of 5 College Football Bowl Games. We also have 8 NBA games, 10 College Basketball games and the return of the NHL. For an updated breakdown of Tuesday's betting action, be sure to tune in to the VSiN Market Insights Podcast with Josh Appelbaum. It will be posted by 1 p.m. ET. I'll also be co-hosting Betting Across America with Mike Pritchard from 3 to 4 p.m. ET.

In the meantime, let's discuss several Bowl Games today receiving respected money across the market...


12 p.m. ET: Houston vs Auburn

This is the Birmingham Bowl and it kicks off the Bowl Game action for the day. Houston (11-2 SU, 7-6 ATS) is ranked 20th and just lost to Cincinnati 35-20 in the AAC Championship, failing to cover as 10.5-point road dogs. Meanwhile, Auburn (6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS) lost four straight games to end the season, although they played Alabama tough their last time out, losing 24-22 but covering as 20.5-point home dogs. This line opened with Auburn listed as a 3-point favorite. The public is split and doesn't know who to take, yet we've seen this line fall from 3 to 2. This signals respected money grabbing the points with Houston. There are several opt-outs and transfers on the Auburn side. Auburn also just fired their Offensive Coordinator Mike Bobo. We've seen some respected money hit the under, dropping the total from 52 to 51. 


6:45 p.m. ET: Mississippi State vs Texas Tech

This is the Liberty Bowl and it will be played in Memphis, Tennessee. Mississippi State (7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS) went 4-2 down the stretch but just fell to Ole Miss 31-21, losing outright as 2-point home dogs. On the flip side, Texas Tech (6-6 SU, 6-5-1 ATS) went just 1-4 their last five games, most recently falling to Baylor 27-24 but covering as 14-point road dogs. This line opened with Mississippi State listed as a 9.5-point favorite. The public is somewhat undecided, yet we've seen the line rise from 9.5 to 10. This indicates a wiseguy lean toward laying the points with the Bulldogs. One storyline here: Mike Leach has revenge on the mind against his old team Texas Tech. Texas Tech will be led by interim head coach Sonny Cumbie, who has already accepted the job at Louisiana Tech. Sharps have also hit this under, dropping the total from 60 to 58.5. 


10:15 p.m. ET: West Virginia vs Minnesota

This is the Guaranteed Rate Bowl and it will be played at Chase Field in Arizona, home of the Diamondbacks. West Virginia (6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS) is riding a 2-game winning streak, most recently beating Kansas 34-28 but failing to cover as 15.5-point road favorites. Similarly, Minnesota (8-4 SU, 7-4-1 ATS) has also won two straight, including a 23-13 win over Wisconsin their last time out, winning outright as 7-point home dogs. This line opened with Minnesota listed as a 4-point favorite. Respected money has laid the points with Minnesota, driving the Gophers up from -4 to -5. West Virginia will be without star RB Leddie Brown, who opted out to prepare for the NFL Draft. Both teams are averaging roughly 26 PPG on offense. The difference comes on defense, where Minnesota is allowing 18 PPG compared to 24 PPG for West Virginia. 

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