Three down, 32 to go.
For college football bowl bettors, the time for cherry-picking easy profits hits its second week with the Beef O Bradys Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl and Maaco Las Vegas Bowl.
So far, two underdogs have won outright in three bowl games (Ohio over Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and UL-Lafayette over San Diego State in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl).
Can more underdogs bite the favorites this week?
Beef O'Bradys Bowl
Florida International won its first bowl game ever last year and are favored to make it two in a row in the Beef O Bradys St. Petersburg Bowl. They were 4.5-point chalk against Marshall, a team that has thundered its way to 6 bowl wins in seven tries lately. The favorite has won all three previous games and nearly 65% of the wagering public in the OddsShark.com bowl game consensus are on FIU.
The champions of the WAC and the Mountain West clash in San Diego and the Poinsettia Bowl odds have favored the TCU Horned Frogs from the outset of betting. They face the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs with both teams riding 7-game win streaks.
The Bulldogs are on a 7-0 ATS run and the Mountain West has won five straight Poinsettia Bowls, according to the college football scores database.
If you like trends, try this one on for size. The bowl game has alternated overs and unders every year since its inception. And the OVER is due for the 2011 edition of the Poinsettia Bowl.
Maaco Las Vegas Bowl
One of the biggest early bowl point spreads sees the Boise State Broncos favored heavily on the Las Vegas Bowl odds menu. The No. 7 ranked Broncos face Arizona State Sun Devils, a team that finished 6-6 on the season and who seem overmatched here.
But does BSU have motivation to excel here, knowing they blew their shot at a BCS bowl? This often leads to a letdown spot and a surprise ATS result. The Las Vegas Bowl odds show nearly 67% of the public on the Broncos, even with a 14-point spread.
Of note, favorites are 4-1 ATS in the past 5 Las vegas Bowls while 10 of past 13 Las Vegas Bowls played UNDER the total, which was sitting at 66 at shops such as Bovada.