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Chick Fil-A Bowl Betting – Auburn Heads To Chick-fil-A Bowl Against Virginia

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/28/2011 5:12:03 PM
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The 2011 NCAA football season will come to an end in a far different manner than the previous year did for the Auburn Tigers, but they still have a chance to celebrate the year with a postseason win. The Tigers will travel to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against the Virginia Cavaliers, and they will be looking to finish the year off with a little more optimism than the way they finished the regular season, as they were blown away in three of their final four SEC games by some of the best in the conference.

Chick-fil-A Bowl

Virginia Cavaliers @ Auburn Tigers
Saturday December 31, 2011 – 7:30 PM ET
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
College Football Betting Lines: Auburn Tigers - 3

Those three losses came as sports betting underdogs at the hands of the top-ranked LSU Tigers, the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, and the No. 18 Georgia Bulldogs. The good news is that the Cavaliers aren’t considered in as high of a class as any of those teams, and were routed by Virginia Tech in their own regular season finale.

Chick Fil-A Bowl Betting Preview: Virginia

The Cavaliers haven’t won a postseason game in six years, and while the Tigers chased their BCS Championship a year ago, Virginia watched from home after missing the postseason with a 4-8 record. The Cavaliers turned that number around this year and finished 8-4, but quarterback Michael Rocco struggled in the loss to the Hokies, finding himself constantly under pressure. Rocco was sacked a season-high four times by Virginia Tech, and that contributed to him throwing a pair of interceptions. Both the offensive line and the quarterback will need to be better for the Cavaliers if they are going to have any chance at keeping this game close.

Chick Fil-A Bowl Betting Preview: Auburn

This season has re-enforced just how important that Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton was to the Tigers’ offense before he moved on to the NFL, and while Barrett Trotter has progressed throughout the year, he is still nowhere close to Newton’s level both as a thrower and runner. Auburn has leaned even more on running back Michael Dyer this year, and he has rewarded them with 1,242 rushing yards and 10 rushing scores. Auburn will need to shore things up on the defensive side of the ball against Virginia, although they should have an easier time playing out side of the SEC.

Chick Fil-A Bowl Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

While the sportsbook spread for this game seems realistic at three, it doesn’t account for the troubles that the rest of the nation has had against the SEC when it comes to postseason play. The Tigers are a team on the ropes, but they also have a lot to prove after getting blown away by some of the best teams in the country, and they should be able to find their confidence against a Virginia team that was blown away by Virginia Tech in their final regular season game.

Chick Fil-A Bowl Betting Pick: Auburn Tigers

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