Alamo Bowl Betting Preview: Northwestern vs. Missouri

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Dec/29/2008

This Alamo Bowl betting preview is courtesy of SBG Global where the line opened on this game at Missouri -  14.5 ,  Total  64.  This one goes off at 8 pm tonight on ESPN.

Two Top 25 teams with potent offenses get together on Monday as 22nd ranked Northwestern faces 25th ranked Missouri.  The Tigers had what could be considered a disappointing season considering they expected to be playing in a BCS bowl game this season.  Quarterback Chase Daniel and receiver Jeremy Maclin had good years but the Tigers defense was a sieve, giving up a ton of points.  Missouri was ranked as high as #3 this season but lost four of their last eight games including the Big 12 title game to Oklahoma. "It's going to sting for a while and why wouldn't it?" Daniel said, "But we can finish off in style. When was the last time a Missouri team won 10 games back-to-back in history? Never. We still have a chance to make history."

SBG Global reports that early College Football bettingg has the public taking Missouri at Home.

Most of the players and coaches for Missouri are not saying the year was a letdown even though it was. "Well, I don't think that," head coach Gary Pinkel said. "Do I wish the regular season would have ended up that we were 11-1 instead of 9-3? Yeah, we should have done that. But I think we had a good year. ... My players battle, and I'm not going to in any way say that we didn't have a good year. We had a great year."

Northwestern enters the bowl game with a much better frame of mind.  Nothing was expected of the Wildcats but they surprised everyone to finish 9-3, including winning their finale against Illinois 27-10. "To be at nine wins right now with an opportunity for number ten, the opportunity to achieve our main goal this year - to win a bowl game - is all right here in front of us," said head coach Pat Fitzgerald.  Northwestern has not won a bowl game since 1949. "I think, if anything, (the bowl drought) will provide a little extra motivation," senior quarterback C.J. Bacher said. "At the beginning of the year we set out to win a bowl game and we've put ourselves in a position to do that."

 

SBG Global Current Line: Missouri  -  12.5,  Total  66.5

 

Northwestern and Missouri are playing for the first time since 1987.  The all-time series is tied at 4-4.  Here are more College Football betting stats for Monday's game. The Wildcats are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games.

 

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