2012 College football bowl game odds: Ranking the spreads from smallest to biggest


Which of this year's bowl games have the closest and widest Vegas spreads?

We've already judged each bowl for its Watchability and made our straight-up picks for each. We'll also have against-the-spread picks coming as bowl season winds up, but for now, let's take a look at how all the spreads stack up, via our odds bros at OddsShark.com. (They'll have odds updates there all throughout bowl season, so head there for the latest.)

Not every line is in yet, but 31 games have openers. Three are pick-'ems, and with two of those (Kent State-Arkansas State and UCLA-Baylor) also ranking very high on our Watchability rankings, we could already have a very good look at the must-watch undercard games of the year. TCU-Michigan State, however, ... [/shudders].

On the other end, Oklahoma State and its top 5 offense predictably towers over Purdue, which fired its coach after going 6-6. The Sugar and Orange are granted mighty spreads, and Texas Tech-Minnesota is expected to be as big a laugher as its very name implies. Even if those teams were both very good, something called "Texas Tech-Minnesota" does not sound like a great football game.

The opening odds, via OddsShark:

Bowl Teams Spread Date, Time (ET) SU Adv. Pick

GoDaddy (Mobile, AL) Kent State-Arkansas State Even Jan. 6, 9, ESPN KSU

Buffalo Wild Wings (PHX) TCU-Michigan State Even Dec. 29, 10:15, ESPN MSU

Holiday (San Diego) UCLA-Baylor Even Dec. 27, 9:45, ESPN UCLA

Alamo (San Antonio) Oregon State-Texas Oregon State -1 Dec. 29, 6:45, ESPN Oregon State

Russell Athletic (Orlando) Rutgers-Virginia Tech Virginia Tech -1.5 Dec. 28, 5:30, ESPN Rutgers

Armed Forces (Ft. Worth) Air Force-Rice Air Force -1.5 Dec. 29, 11:45 a.m., ESPN Rice

Gator (Jacksonville) Northwestern-Mississippi State Mississippi State -2 Jan. 1, noon, ESPN2 UN

Liberty (Memphis) Tulsa-Iowa State Tulsa -2.5 Dec. 31, 3:30, ESPN ISU

Poinsettia (San Diego) BYU-San Diego State BYU -3 Dec. 20, 8, ESPN BYU

Chick-fil-A (Atlanta) LSU-Clemson LSU -3.5 Dec. 31, 7:30, ESPN LSU

Pinstripe (New York) Syracuse-West Virginia West Virginia -3.5 Dec. 29, 3:15, ESPN Cuse

New Orleans ULL-East Carolina ULL -4.5 Dec. 22, noon, ESPN ULL

Outback (Tampa) South Carolina-Michigan South Carolina -5 Jan. 1, 1, ESPN SC

Music City (Nashville) N.C. State-Vanderbilt Vanderbilt -5.5 Dec. 31, noon, ESPN Vandy

Rose (Pasadena) Stanford-Wisconsin Stanford -6.5 Jan. 1, 5, ESPN SU

Independence (Shreve.) Ohio-ULM ULM -6.5 Dec. 28, 2, ESPN ULM

Las Vegas Boise State-Washington Boise State -6.5 Dec. 22, 3:30, ESPN Boise State

Little Caesars (Detroit) CMU-WKU WKU -7 Dec. 26, 7:30, ESPN WKU

Military (D.C.) Bowling Green-SJSU San Jose State -7.5 Dec. 27, 3, ESPN SJSU

Beef O'Brady's (St. Pete.) Ball State-UCF UCF -7.5 Dec. 21, 7:30, ESPN UCF

New Mexico (Albuquerque) Nevada-Arizona Arizona -8 Dec. 15, 1, ESPN Arizona

Fiesta (Glendale, AZ) Kansas State-Oregon Oregon -8 Jan. 3, 8:30, ESPN K-State

Idaho Potato (Boise) Toledo-Utah State Utah State -9 Dec. 15, 4:30, ESPN Utah State

BCS National Championship (Miami) Notre Dame-Alabama Alabama -9.5 Jan. 7, 8:30, ESPN Bama

Capital One (Orlando) Georgia-Nebraska Georgia -9.5 Jan. 1, 1, ABC UGA

Belk (Charlotte) Cincinnati-Duke Cincinnati -10 Dec. 27, 6:30, ESPN Cincy

Hawaii (Honolulu) Fresno State-SMU Fresno State -12 Dec. 24, 8, ESPN Fresno State

Meineke (Houston) Texas Tech-Minnesota Texas Tech -13 Dec. 28, 9, ESPN Texas Tech

Orange (Miami) Florida State-NIU Florida State -13.5 Jan. 1, 8:30, ESPN FSU

Sugar (New Orleans) Florida-Louisville Florida -14.5 Jan. 2, 8:30, ESPN Florida

Heart of Dallas Oklahoma State-Purdue Oklahoma State -18 Jan. 1, noon, ESPNU OSU

BBVA Compass (B'ham) Ole Miss-Pitt N/A Jan. 5, 1, ESPN Pitt

Cotton (Arlington) Texas A&M-Oklahoma N/A Jan. 4, 8, FOX OU

Sun (El Paso) USC-Georgia Tech N/A Dec. 31, 2, CBS USC

Kraft (San Francisco) Arizona State-Navy N/A Dec. 29, 4, ESPN2 Arizona State

Bowl Teams Date, Time (ET) Adv. Pick

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