Texas (-8, 51½, Las Vegas SuperBook) vs. Ohio State (FOX, 5:15PT/8:15ET): It’s the Big 12 against the Big Ten here and although the early money has driven the line down from its send-out opener of -11½, looking at the Longhorns is the logical approach in this contest.
Texas has a big advantage at quarterback with McCoy having much more experience than Pryor and a much more accurate pass. Driven by memories of Texas Tech’s Crabtree tight-roping into the end zone in its only loss and the BCS vote and computation which left them No. 3 in the BCS rankings, the Longhorns will definitely have the motivation for this bowl game.
The underdog has won the last Fiesta Bowls and Ohio State does have a roster full of guys who will play in the NFL (Beanie Wells, James Laurinaitis, Malcom Jenkins). But in the Buckeyes last three big games – the last two national championships and USC this season – they have been outscored by a noticeable 114-41.
Texas trends toward the over (35-15 L50) and the playing surface and weather won’t be an issue in this stadium. The ‘Horns eclipsed 50 points four times this year, topped the 40-point mark in eight of 12 tilts as QB McCoy established a single-season passing record throwing for 3,445 yards. This team will certainly find creative ways to score against a tough OSU "D" in this one to go out with a bang to show the world that they should have been playing in the BCS title game. TEXAS -8 (BE$T BET$), OVER 54.