Miss State vs Michigan Wolverines: 2010 Gator Bowl Odds
There will be plenty of intrigue when the Michigan Wolverines take on the #21 Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Progressive 2010 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville on New Year’s Day as Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez may be fired after the game. ESPN2 will telecast the bowl game starting at 1:30pm EST and online sportsbooks have opened with Mississippi State as a 3.5-point favorite in college football odds with an over/under betting total of 59.5. The money line at sportsbooks has opened with Mississippi State as a -170 favorite in 2010 Gator Bowl predictions with Michigan as a +150 underdog. Wisconsin vs TCU in the Rose Bowl can be seen at 4:30pm EST and Connecticut vs Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl at 8:30pm EST on ESPN.
Dan Mullen is coming off a breakthrough season in year 2 as the coach of Mississippi State as the Bulldogs finished 8-4 straight up and 6-6 against the spread in college football odds with 8 of their games going UNDER the total. MSU is somewhat limping into 2010 Gator Bowl predictions as favorites however with just 1 win and payout in their final 3 games of the season. State wins with old fundamentals as they rank 16th nationally for rushing and 27th for points allowed on defense. Michigan finished 7-5 straight up but just 3-9 against the spread in college football predictions with 7 of their games going OVER the total.
The Wolverines have clinched a winning season and bowl in Rodriguez’s third year on the job but it may not be enough to save his job. The defense was almost helpless in ranking 102nd for points allowed while the offense ranked 7th overall in the country and was highly exciting with QB sensation Denard Robinson who many times seemed to be an X-BOX character with his phenomenal game breaking ability. Heading into Gator Bowl odds as underdogs, Michigan has paid out in 6 non conference games but has covered just 1 of their last 7 games as an underdog. MSU has paid pout in 6 of their last 8 as a favorite. The Wolverines have gone OVER the total in their last 4 bowl games.
2010 Gator Bowl Predictions: Michigan Wolverines +3.5
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