2008-09 Bowl Game Guide Ready Tuesday!

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by - 12/16/2008 6:47 PM Share

The 2008-09 StatFox Bowl Game Handicapping Guide heads to the printer Tuesday, meaning everyone that ordered either a hard copy or PDF version will see it in their e-mail boxes sometime Tuesday afternoon. If you haven't ordered one yet, it's certainly not too late. In fact, you can order a PDF version anytime up through the BCS title game.. To receive a hard copy however, you MUST have your order placed by Wednesday, 12 PM CT. Take a look at this featured portion from the publication, a piece on Conference Bowl Trends...

Conference Bowl Trends

Analyzing conference bowl trends can reveal quite a bit, since teams are most often built for league success, rather than national prominence. Different conferences play different styles, so hence bowl games tend to exploit the differences in the conferences. You'll see below that many 80%-plus trends have formed in bowl games amongst teams in a given conference. Take a look at each conference's outlook for 2008-09, along with some of its top trends in recent bowl action.

The Atlantic Coast Conference will have a record 10 teams playing in the postseason with five teams in the favorite slot. Two others, Maryland and North Carolina are in pick em' spreads, and the three remaining teams are underdogs. League champion Virginia Tech plays in the highlight game vs. Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl. Be sure to note the trends below regarding the ACC's success or lack thereof when favored or getting points. According to past records versus other conferences, North Carolina, Miami, NC State, and Virginia Tech would be "play on" teams while Boston College and Georgia Tech would be in fade spots.

  • Underdogs have been the flavor of choice in ACC bowl games recently, going just 10-15 SU but 18-7 ATS (72%) in the L25 games. Over the L2 seasons, that dog record is 12-4 ATS (75%).
  • ACC teams have made for lousy bowl game favorites, going just 6-7 SU & 3-10 ATS (23%) as chalk since 12/29/05.
  • Against non-BCS conferences, the ACC has stumbled to a 5-4 SU & 3-5-1 ATS (38%) record since ‘98, all as favorites. Versus other BCS conferences, the ACC has been overwhelmed to the tune of a 2-8 SU & 3-6-1 ATS (33%) record in its L10.
  • The ACC has enjoyed bowl game success vs. the Big East (9-4 SU & 10-3 ATS) and the Pac 10 (5-1 SU & ATS). However, against the SEC, the ACC has been awful, 4-16 SU & 5-13-2 ATS (28%).

    Be sure to order your copy today. The chance to order hard copies of the publication will end on Wednesday, December 17th at 12:00 AM ET - SHARP! of course, after that, you will still be able to access the downloadable PDF for $9.99. Click here to order now!

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