Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Orange Bowl Preview: Tuesday Night's Matchup Between Georgia Tech and Iowa

Orange Bowl Preview: Iowa vs. Georgia Tech

By Kevin Taylor

Can the Big Ten do it again? BetRepublic.com looks at Tuesday night’s Orange Bowl, as another Big Ten team tries to join two of their conference members with big wins.

The No. 13 Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the No. 12 LSU Tigers by a final of 19-17 and covered as 1-point underdogs in the process.

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno added to his NCAA record, winning his 24th career bowl victory.

The No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the No. 7 Oregon Ducks 26-17 on the strength of QB Terrelle Pryor’s performance covering as 5-point underdogs.

Now the No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes follow suit and win straight up and against the spread in their Tuesday FedEx Orange Bowl matchup against the No. 9 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets?

The sports betting TV show, live every day at 3:00 PM ET at BetRepublic.com, will completely preview this big matchup.

The Hawkeyes as 5.5-point underdogs for that game with the Total set at 50.5.

The Yellow Jackets are favored by a field goal in the first half and the first half Total is set at 25.5.

Online sportsbooks are reporting that Georgia Tech has received 70% of the betting volume so far.

According to STATS LLC, Georgia Tech is playing in its first major bowl game since 1967.

The last time Iowa played in a BCS bowl game was in 2003 when they were defeated 38-17 by the USC Trojans in the Orange Bowl and they were 4.5-point underdogs.

Iowa is a very respectable 8-3 ATS this season and 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games with a posted line.

Georgia Tech has been very good down the stretch, going 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games overall.

In the Jackets’ last eight games when favored by 6-points or less, they are 6-2 ATS and in the Hawkeyes’ last 14 games when an underdog of 6-points or less, they are 11-3 ATS.

There are game-related proposition bets for the game as well.

Georgia Tech is listed at -135 to score first while Iowa is listed at +105.

If the first score of the game is a TD, wagers will pay out at -220 and if it is a field goal or a safety, it will do so at +170.

The bowl season is at an end with a few meaningless bowl games and even less BCS bowls remaining.

After the lights go out on Georgia Tech and Iowa, all eyes focus on the national championship between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Texas on Thursday.

Enjoy the rest of the bowl games and your week.

Visit BetRepublic.com for their Orange Bowl picks and BCS Championship picks.

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