Ohio State Favored To Be Highest-Scoring Bowl Team

  • The Ohio State Buckeyes have +1800 to score the most points against the Utah Utes.
  • The SMU Mustangs also have a +1800 betting line against the Virginia Cavaliers.
  • Virginia is +2000 as the third choice on the odds board.

PASADENA, Calif. – The Ohio State Buckeyes, SMU Mustangs and Virginia Cavaliers are expected to be the highest-scoring teams during Bowl season.

Highest Scoring Bowl Team

  • Ohio State +1800
  • SMU +1800
  • Virginia +2000
  • Coastal Carolina +2200
  • Alabama +2200
  • Appalachian State +2200
  • Oregon State +2200
  • Mississippi State +2800
  • Nevada +3000
  • Pittsburgh +3300
  • Tennessee +3300
  • Miami Florida +3300
  • Fresno State +3500
  • North Carolina +3500
  • Liberty +3500
  • Texas A&M +3500
  • Memphis +3500
  • Florida +3500

Ohio State Buckeyes (+1800)

The Ohio State Buckeyes likely have the best offense in the country as shown by their NCAA-leading 45.5 points per game. However, the odds available on online sportsbooks are expecting the Buckeyes to fall short of their season average in their bowl game against the Utah Utes

Ohio State vs Utah Betting Odds

  • Ohio State Buckeyes -6.5 -110
  • Utah Utes +6.5 -110
  • OVER 66.0 -110
  • UNDER 66.0 -110

From the odds, we can conclude an expected outcome of either 36-30 or 37-21, something in that range at least. However, Utah only allowed more than 30 points on two occasions this season, one of which came by way of triple overtime.

This may leave more value on other teams on the board.

SMU Mustangs (+1800)/Virginia Cavaliers (+2000)

The SMU Mustangs and Virginia Cavaliers are playing each other in the first-ever Fenway Bowl. Considering the two are projected to be among the three highest-scoring bowl teams this season, it’s safe to assume it will be a high-scoring affair as the total reflects.

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SMU vs Virginia Total Odds

  • OVER 72.0 -105
  • UNDER 72.0 -115

Since college football betting sites have the spread set at 1.5 points, the projected final score is essentially 37-35 in favor of the Cavaliers. The most interesting part about all this is that SMU has the shorter odds to have more points, but Virginia is favored to win the game.

The game will feature two of the best quarterbacks of the season in Tanner Mordecai and Brennan Armstrong. Mordecai finished the year 10th in passing yards and fourth in passing touchdowns while Armstrong finished third in passing yards and 12th in passing touchdowns despite missing a game.

It’s very likely that whichever quarterback has the better game leads their team to a win while also being the highest-scoring team during bowl season. For what it’s worth, SMU has the worse pass defense, allowing 278.1 yards per game through the air. As the third choice at +2000, UVA may be the team to bet on.