Vegas Odds for College Bowl Games – Fresno vs SMU
Vegas Odds for College Bowl Games are in full swing and on the books is the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl featuring Fresno and SMU, a game that is set to take place at a neutral location on Christmas Eve. Here is a closer look at this matchup, complete with predictions and picks for your consideration.
SHERATON HAWAII BOWL
Betting Lines and Odds:
SMU Mustangs +12 -110 +350 59½ O-110 U-110
Fresno State Bulldogs -12 -110 -425 59½ O-110 U-110
Match Time: 8:00 PM EST, Monday December 24, 2012
TV Coverage: ESPN
SMU (6-6, 5-3 C-USA) – The Mustangs are heavily disadvantaged for this game, tipped as the massive 12-point dogs on the spread and at +350 to win straight up. Clearly, the odds makers have no faith in them despite going 4-2 in their last six games of the season, including a big win over Tulsa. Overall, the Mustangs are 7-5-0 ATS, which includes a 6-1-0 ATS at home and a 1-4-0 ATS on the road.
Fresno State (9-3, 7-1 MWC) – Fresno State Bulldogs are hot, hot faves to win this game. Tipped as the 12-point faves on the spread and as the whopping -425 faves to win outright, there is a sense of one-sidedness to this game. Fresno takes a five-game winning streak into this bowl game, a run of form that augurs well for them. They won their first conference title in 13 seasons when they beat Air Force 48-15. They are 12th in passing yards with an average of 322.6 yards per game and 27th overall in defense allowing an average of 22.3 yards per game. On the ATS sheet, they ring in at 11-1-0 ATS, which includes a 6-0-0 ATS at home and a 5-1-0 ATS on the road.
Verdict: Fresno State is soaring high in its first season in the Mountain West, outdoing expectations and winning the championship title. No wonder odds makers are expecting a completely one-sided result here and it’s hard to argue against that bent.