2019-20 Bowl Games: Best Odds and Picks for New Year's Six Bowls

The identity of the two teams competing in the College Football Playoff national title game will be revealed on December 28, as the New Year's Six bowl games get underway.

As this graphic provided by Statista shows, the two CFP semifinals—the Peach Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl—pit together the top four ranked teams in the nation.
No. 1 LSU takes on No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl, while No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson collide in the Fiesta Bowl.

The remaining four bowl games of the New Year's Six, see No. 10 Penn State face No. 17 Memphis in the Cotton Bowl Classic, while No. 9 Florida and No. 24 Virginia square off in the Orange Bowl.

Two further games complete the picture on January 1, as No. 6 Oregon faces No. 8 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl and No. 5 Georgia plays No. 7 Baylor in the Sugar Bowl.

Here's a look at the main betting trends ahead of the most anticipated stage of the college football season.

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LSU will to the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 ranked team in the country. Statista

Cotton Bowl Classic—Penn State vs. Memphis

According to BetOnline, No. 10 Penn State is a 6.5-point favorite and is 9/10 to cover the spread, while No. 17 Memphis is a 2/1 underdog.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 60.5.

The Nittany Lions are 6-6 against the spread this season, while the Cotton Bowl will be Memphis' first game as underdogs this season.

Peach Bowl—LSU vs. Oklahoma

No. 1 LSU enters the College Football Playoff semifinal as a 13.5-point favorite and is 47/50 to cover the spread, while No. 4 Oklahoma is a 19/5 underdog.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 75.5 points. A vertiginous line for most games, the figure takes into account the fact the Tigers and the Sooners ranked third and fifth respectively in scoring offense this season with 47.8 and 43.2 points per game.

The Tigers are 8-5 against the spread this season and 2-2 when the spread was between 10 and 20 points.

Joe Burrow, LSU Tigers
Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers looks on during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 23 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty

Fiesta Bowl—Ohio State vs. Clemson

The second CFP semifinal is far closer, with No. 3 Clemson a two-point favorite to reach the national title for the second consecutive game.

The Tigers are 22/25 to cover the spread, while No. 2 Ohio State is a 27/25 underdog and the over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 63.

Clemson is 10-3 against the spread this season and has covered in 76.9 percent of games, the best percentage in the FBS.

Ohio State, meanwhile, is 9-4 against the spread and has covered by 11.8 points on average. This should be very, very close.

Orange Bowl—Florida vs. Virginia

The No. 9 Gators are 14.5-point favorite—the biggest spread of any of the New Year's Six bowl games—and are 9/10 to cover, while No. 24 Virginia is a 19/4 underdog.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored, meanwhile, is set at 55.

Florida is 8-4 against the spread this season and has covered by an average margin of 6.6 points, while Virginia is 6-6-1 and has covered by just 0.8 points on average.

Rose Bowl—Oregon vs. Wisconsin

Much like the Fiesta Bowl, this game should be close. No. 8 Wisconsin is a 2.5-point favorite and is 17/20 to cover the spread, while No. 6 Oregon is a 6/5 underdog.

The Badgers are 8-5 against the spread this season and have won games they started as favorite by an average of 18.5 points, while the Ducks are 7-6 against the spread and have covered by an average of 5.5 points per game.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 51, which seems somewhat conservative given Oregon and Wisconsin have averaged 35.9 and 34.6 points per game respectively this season.

Justin Herbert, Oregon Ducks
Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks throws the ball during the Pac-12 Championship football game against the Utah Utes at Levi's Stadium on December 6, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Oregon Ducks won 37-15. Alika Jenner/Getty

Sugar Bowl—Georgia vs. Baylor

The No. 5 Bulldogs are 7.5-point favorite and are 19/20 to cover the spread, while the No. 7 Bears are 47/20 underdogs.

Georgia is just 7-6 against the spread this season, while Baylor is 9-4 and has covered by an average of seven points.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 41.5, the lowest of any of the New Year's Six bowl games. It is not surprising as Georgia ranks fourth in total defense and second in scoring defense this season, while Baylor ranks 40th and 16th respectively.

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