Unlike over the Christmas Holiday where everything in the world of sports goes dark, for New Year’s Day sports fans are treated to a full plate of wagering opportunities, as online sportsbook betting gets ready for the best day of College Football Bowl games, as well as plenty of action in the NHL, NBA and NCAA hoops, all of which have full plates of action to suit any sports fans’ fancy. After another exciting evening of sports action (as well as the festivities of New Years, sans the pounding headache this morning), I look to rally back with a fresh set of options for betting on sports, starting with the College Bowl games remaining. It’s a unique day for Bowl games today, with six contests getting underway, including the Granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl from Pasadena featuring a great match-up between #3 TCU and #5 Wisconsin. For wagers on this glorious day of College Football, we turn to a tried-and-true option at Oddsmaker sportsbook (read the review of Oddsmaker.com), which remains one of the top online sports betting destinations available anywhere. Taking an opening shot for the Rose Bowl game today, against the high-powered running game of the Badgers I’ll lean on Andy Dalton and TCU’s balanced attack to come out victorious, on the way to an undefeated season and a win for the ‘little guys’. It’s a tough call either way, as both teams have outstanding defenses and veteran offensive weaponry, however the gut says the Horned Frogs, and what better way to start betting on the new year than to go with one’s gut? Only time will tell whether this year starts out well with a win, or with a scratch of the head and back to the drawing board!
With five other solid Bowl Games on tap for betting on sports, look to each of the games for an opportunity to add excitement to your sports betting ticket, and hopefully some added cash in your online sports betting account. First off, check out the match-up between #16 Alabama and #9 Michigan State in the Capitol One Bowl, with the Crimson Tide looking to roll behind Mark Ingram and Greg McElroy in a good match-up for Nick Saban’s crew. Michigan State remains as one of the most overrated teams in the league heading into this bowl match-up having barely scraped past their last few games of the regular season, and with Alabama playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation (losing to #1 Auburn, #10 LSU and #19 South Carolina all in close games), the Tide are much more primed to show their true winning colors than are the Spartans, who will look to Kirk Cousins to lead the Big Ten MSU team to a hopeful win. This year just seems like the SEC has the Big Ten’s number in terms of team quality and quality of opponents, which has Alabama looking good for a win here today. In more bowl games scheduled for today, look for another Big Ten-SEC battle as Florida looks for a final win under Urban Meyer against Joe Paterno’s Penn State in the Gator Bowl (aptly named for a Florida win today), as well as a lopsided match-up as the strong ground game of #21 Mississippi State going against the faltering Michigan Wolverines who haven’t beaten a Top 25 team this season. Lastly, the joke of the Bowl Season, #7 Oklahoma takes on Big East champs Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl in what should be nothing short of a blowout, and Texas Tech should prevail against Northwestern in the Ticket City Bowl.
There is plenty of action found elsewhere today in sportsbook betting should bowl games not suit your fancy entirely, with the NBA contributing 8 games for sportsbook betting options at Oddsmaker.com. Starting options on the NBA, I’m always a fan of the Utah Jazz at home, even as they are short handed against a weak Memphis team that struggles on the road. In a big road match-up for the OKC Thunder, Kevin Durant and team head to San Antonio, who subsequently look for their 4th straight victory en route to a league leading 29-4 record. While OKC has played well on the road, at San Antonio very few have been successful, therefore until more are, stay with the Spurs to prevail on home court. Rounding out NBA picks, I like Denver with the points spread at home against Sacramento as the Nuggets get Carmelo Anthony back, Miami at home over Golden State, and perhaps an upset-worthy look for the night is on the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas game, as the Mavericks will be without Dirk Nowitizki and Shawn Marion for the game.
Last but certainly not least today for sportsbook bets at Oddsmaker sportsbook, it’s NHL Hockey with 7 games on tap, as well College Hoops action, with a great match-up between #15 Notre Dame and unbeaten #5 Syracuse. After having seen the Syracuse defense at home, and the big men they have controlling the paint, it’s a tough bet to take anything but Jim Boeheim’s Orangemen to win, which will round out basketball picks for New Year’s day. For the NHL, look towards the annual Winter Classic to be filled with excitement as Pittsburgh hosts Washington in a showdown between NHL greats Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin at Heinz Field, and make sure to squeeze a wager in for this one-of-a-kind game today. Take in all the sports action today at Oddsmaker sportsbook for an exciting day spent relaxing (and likely recovering), enjoy the rest of the weekend, and we’ll see you again soon for more sports betting updates on the hottest sports action around the globe!