College football gambling handicappers on the other hand have an ever growing respect for the Mississippi State Bulldogs as they are a hot NCAA football gambling commodity.
EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL will host the Gator Bowl between the Michigan Wolverines and the #21 Mississippi State Bulldogs. ESPN2 will telecast the game with a start time on New Year’s Day of 1:30 PM ET. Sports Gambling opened with Gator Bowl odds of Mississippi State as a 6 point favorite with a total of 59.
Michigan finished with a record of 7-5 straight up and 3-9 with the NCAA odds as 7 of their games went over the total. Michigan does boast the Big Ten Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year in quarterback Denard Robinson, who rushed for 1643 yards and passed for 2316 more. Defense was the killer for the Wolverines as they ranked 102nd overall for points allowed.
Many Michigan fans have become disgruntled with the current finesse style of play and long for a return to physical football and strong defenses of the past. Michigan is limping into this game after being manhandled 48-28 at home by Wisconsin and then 37-7 in the season finale at Ohio State.
Mississippi State has a record of 8-4 straight up and 6-6 with the NCAA football lines as 8 of their games went under the total. Mississippi State beat Ole Miss 31-23 in their season finale. The Bulldogs finished 27th in the nation for defensive points allowed and ranked 16th in the country for rushing led by Vick Ballard’s 905 yards.
Mississippi State scored wins over Georgia and Florida this year and nearly upset #1 Auburn in a 17-14 week 2 loss. Mississippi State has reached a level not seen since the coach Jackie Sherrill era and is looking to build on their success as a young team with plenty of upside.
Michigan has paid out in 6 consecutive non conference games but is just 1-6 against the spread in their last 7 games as a dog. Michigan is just 7-19 against the spread after a straight up loss. Mississippi State has covered 6 of their last 8 college football gambling matchups as a favorite.