The BCS Bowl schedule has been released and the Florida State Seminoles open as big favorites versus the Auburn Tigers in the National Championship Game.
On Sunday night, the entire bowl game schedule was announced. Highlighting the schedule is the championship game to be played at the Rose Bowl January 6 in Pasadena, California.
Florida State is 13-0 on the season and has won each of its games by 14 points or more. The Seminoles opened as the favorite over Auburn by 8.5 points. The point total for the game opened on Bovada at 66 Sunday night.
Opening money was on Auburn, but it is too early to call action significant at this point said a rep from topbet and betonline. One odds maker from sportsbook.com believes the line could fall to 7, but also go up as high as 10 over the next three to four weeks.
Auburn might be the dog in the matchup, but they can score almost at will it seems. On Saturday in the title game for the SEC, the Tigers scored 59 points on Missouri and have scored 30 or more against six other opponents from the SEC.
Florida State has yet to play an opponent that can keep up with them on offense and the matchup will be a great game as it goes back and forth blow by blow like a great prizefight.
Many odds makers thought prior to the Florida State-Duke battle that FSU would lay a large number of points against their opponent in the national championship game. However, FSU looked lethargic against Duke and Auburn has played tough opponents all season making the opening spread much smaller than originally thought.
Other BCS Bowl Games
In the Rose Bowl, Stanford has opened at -1.5 over Michigan State. Michigan State is a grind it out methodical team, much like Stanford. This game could be low scoring with a field goal deciding it.
The Fiesta Bowl pits Baylor -17.5 against Central Florida. Of the BCS bowls, this has the biggest line. Baylor has played well ATS this season at 9-3, even though they have face huge spreads. Offensively, the Bears only stop themselves as very few opponents have even come close.
In the Sugar Bowl, Alabama is -14.5 over Oklahoma. Despite Alabama’s disappointment of not playing for the national title, they will be motivated to go out on a high note. However, the Sooners have played well late in the season, defeating Oklahoma State 33-24 Saturday for their third consecutive win.
In the Orange Bowl Ohio State is -5 over Clemson. Both teams lost their final games of the regular season. Clemson played poorly in their two losses against South Carolina and earlier in the season against FSU. Clemson’s Quarterback Tajh Boyd has not played well compared to last season.
Ohio State fell apart in their first loss in 25 games against Michigan State, but head coach Urban Meyer will have his team ready for this matchup.
All the bowl action begins on December 21.