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College bowl betting: December 20 game matchups

Western Michigan and UTEP were among nation's best ATS teams this season and are in action when bowl season kicks off Saturday.

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The Western Michigan Broncos were one of the nation's best against-the-spread teams this season, with a 10-2 ATS record to go along with their 8-4 straight up record. The Broncos are set to face the Air Force Falcons in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl this Saturday at Albertsons Stadium (5:45 p.m. ET, ESPN). Western Michigan is a 1-point favorite at sportsbooks monitored by The Broncos are winless in each of their last five bowl appearances. Air Force is 4-1 SU and ATS in its last five games including an upset win over Colorado State.

Colorado State will meet the Utah Utes on Saturday in the Las Vegas Bowl (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). Utah has been excellent in 11 bowl appearances since 1995 with a 10-1 SU and 8-3 ATS record. Both teams finished the year with an 8-4 ATS record as Utah also went 8-4 SU and Colorado State went 10-2 SU. The Utes are a 3-point favorite in Las Vegas.

The South Alabama Jaguars will be making their first bowl appearance ever after finishing the regular season 6-6 SU and 4-8 ATS. They are set to take on the Bowling Green Falcons in the Camellia Bowl (9:15 p.m. ET, ESPN). Bowling Green has gone 0-4 SU and 0-3-1 ATS in its last four bowl appearances, so both teams should be motivated to earn a bowl win in this one. South Alabama is a 2.5-point favorite on the college football bowl game betting odds.

The UTEP Miners face the Utah State Aggies as the biggest underdog of the day on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl (2:20 p.m. ET, ESPN). UTEP was a solid bet for its backers this season with a 9-3 ATS record, but is 0-4 SU and ATS in its last four bowl appearances. Utah State was 9-4 SU and 6-7 ATS this season and is a 10-point favorite in this one.

The New Orleans Bowl pits the Nevada Wolf Pack against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (11 a.m. ET, ESPN). Nevada is just 1-6 in its last seven bowl games but has covered the spread in each of its last two. UL Lafayette is 3-0 ATS over its last three bowl appearances and is a 1-point underdog in the New Orleans Bowl.