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Auburn Tigers Betting

The old saying goes you have to play the best to be the best. In the case of the 2019 Auburn Tigers, they just played the best. Battling five teams ranked among the AP top-11 and another that came in at No. 17, the Tigers had arguably the most difficult schedule in the FBS. That tends to happen to teams housed in the brutal SEC. Some clubs overcome the difficulty while others win a few of those games against ranked foes and qualify for a mid-tier bowl. Auburn is definitely the latter with three wins over those ranked opponents and another on the way in No. 18 Minnesota in the Outback Bowl.

Outback Bowl Odds

Auburn Tigers -7.5

Minnesota Golden Gophers +7.5

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It’s another heavyweight battle between the SEC and the Big Ten when Auburn and Minnesota meet in the Outback Bowl on January 1 with both teams ending the regular season in contrasting ways. Auburn pulled off its biggest win of the season taking down Alabama 48-45 in the season-ending Iron Bowl behind a defense that cracked but also came up with big plays. Offensively, the Tigers should be showing improvement under Bo Nix, but that hasn’t been the case.

Finishing up his freshman season Nix had a less than spectacular game against Alabama throwing for 173 yards with a touchdown on 15 of 30 passing. Like they’ve done much of the season, the Tigers defense kept them in the game. Eight times this season Nix had less than 200 yards passing and finished with 2,366 yards and 15 touchdowns with six interceptions. His completion percentage ended right at 57. There were moments like the season-opener when Nix tossed a game-winning touchdown pass to beat Oregon. He never really hurt the team but he didn’t do a lot to help them upset the likes of Florida, LSU or Georgia.

According to Gus Malzahn Nix is going to win a championship before his time at the school is up. That’s great for the coach since he probably needs one of those to keep his job. Nix might turn into a fine passer and Auburn’s aerial attack may become one of the best, however, that’s not happening before the tussle with the Gophers. Right now the club relies on a solid ground game and a stingy defense.

Ja’Tarvious Whitlow scampered for 114 yards and the Tigers amassed 181 yards on the ground against Alabama. For Auburn it’s about running the football and to do that successfully in the SEC is a chore. With 739 rushing yards Whitlow led four players with more than 300 yards as the Tigers topped the 200 yard mark five times to rank fourth in the SEC and 25th nationally with 211.3 rush yards per game.

For Minnesota it’s about making sure one of the best seasons in program history doesn’t become a side note. Starting 8-0 whipped the faithful into a frenzy. That run ended with a loss at Iowa and two weeks later in the regular season finale, the Gophers dropped a chance to win the Big Ten West and missed out on a chance for a conference championship. With losses in two of their last three, maybe the Gophers’ luck just ran out.

Remember the Gophers opened the season winning their first four games by a combined 20 points. Minnesota’s defense, which currently ranks 15th nationally, surrendered 22 points to Northwestern and allowed 453 yards to Wisconsin in a 38-17 loss. Tanner Morgan dealt with injuries down the stretch and the offense struggled. Morgan needs to be at or close to 100 percent for Minnesota to have a chance.

Regular Season Recap

Playing arguably the toughest schedule in college football, Auburn ended the regular season in style with a win over Alabama. It was Auburn’s fifth game against a team ranked in the top-11 and the sixth against an opponent ranked in the top-17. Auburn went 3-3 SU and 4-2 ATS in those six games, breaking a three-game losing skid against ranked foes with their 48-45 instant classic win over the Tide. Behind a true freshman quarterback the Tigers ended the regular season at 9-3 SU and they were one of the best bets in college football with a 9-3 ATS record.

Auburn took care of lesser opponents all season with their only losses coming to top-10 teams by a combined 21 points. The first setback was 24-13 to Florida. The Tigers held LSU to a season-low point total in a 23-20 loss on the road. The offense struggled against Georgia in 21-14 defeat. “When you look at this whole season, we knew it was going to be a gauntlet. We played the toughest schedule in college football and our guys hung in there. At times it was tough. They never flinched,” Malzahn said.

The first true freshman to start at Auburn in the Gus Malzahn era, Nix proved to be a winner and cemented his status as an Auburn legend by beating rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl. The trust Malzahn showed in Nix was evident from the season-opening win over then No. 11 Oregon right to the victory over Alabama last week. Nix started every game setting numerous freshman passing records in the process. Malzahn was happy with his decision saying that Nix is going to win a national championship before his time is done.

2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule

College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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