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Saturday, January 1
Jacksonville, Florida

The state of Florida will host its third college football bowl game of the day when the Mississippi State Bulldogs battle the Michigan Wolverines in the Gator Bowl. The latest college football odds for this bowl game have the Bulldogs listed as 4.5 point favorites with the total set at 59.5.

Rich Rodriguez will try to silence his many critics when he brings the Wolverines into his first-ever bowl game. Rampant rumors and speculation indicate that Rich-Rod could be done in Ann Arbor if he does not get the bowl victory. This is fueled by the availability of current Stanford head coach, and Michigan alumni, Jim Harbaugh.

Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson will do his best to make sure the coach keeps his job. Robinson was an early front runner for the Heisman before fading down the stretch, but he did lead an offense that ranked sixth in the FBS with an average of 500.9 yards per game. The Bulldogs will be ready on defense and have had experience playing against mobile signal callers.

The Bulldogs played Auburn and held Cam newton and the offense to just 17 points in one of their best defensive efforts. That intimidating defense is matched by an impressive offense.

Chris Relf is under center for the Bulldogs and passed for 1,508 yards and rushed for another 535 yards while scoring 14 touchdowns on the season. Running back Vick Ballard leads the team with 867 yards and has found the end zone 16 times. When he needs a rest, LaDarius Perkins will carry the rock and anchor a rushing game that averaged 200 yards per game.

The Wolverines are 8-22 against the spread (ATS) in their last 30 games following a SU loss of more than 20 points and 10-26 ATS in their last 36 games overall. The Bulldogs are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0 and will win and cover the number in the Gator Bowl.

Rodriquez should start scouring the want ads now.

Play on Mississippi State -4.5

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History and past results of the Gator Bowl:
Gator Bowl Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
1/1/46
Wake Forest
26
South Carolina
14
1/1/47
Oklahoma
34
N.C. State
13
1/1/48
Maryland (tie)
20
Georgia (tie)
20
1/1/49
Clemson
24
Missouri
23
1/2/50
Maryland
20
Missouri
7
1/1/51
Wyoming
20
Washington & Lee
7
1/1/52
Miami (Fla.)
14
Clemson
0
1/1/53
Florida
14
Tulsa
13
1/1/54
Texas Tech
35
Auburn
13
12/31/54
Auburn
33
Baylor
13
12/31/55
Vanderbilt
25
Auburn
13
12/29/56
Georgia Tech
21
Pittsburgh
14
12/28/57
Tennessee
3
Texas A&M
0
1/2/60
Arkansas
14
Georgia Tech
7
12/31/60
Florida
13
Baylor
12
12/30/61
Penn State
30
Georgia Tech
15
12/29/62
Florida
17
Penn State
7
12/28/63
North Carolina
35
Air Force
0
1/2/65
Florida State
36
Oklahoma
19
12/31/65
Georgia Tech
31
Texas Tech
21
12/31/66
Tennessee
18
Syracuse
12
12/30/67
Florida State (tie)
17
Penn State (tie)
17
12/28/68
Missouri
35
Alabama
10
12/27/69
Florida
14
Tennessee
13
1/2/71
Auburn
35
Mississippi
28
12/31/71
Georgia
7
North Carolina
3
12/30/72
Auburn
24
Colorado
3
12/29/73
Texas Tech
28
Tennessee
19
12/30/74
Auburn
27
Texas
3
12/29/75
Maryland
13
Florida
0
12/27/76
Notre Dame
20
Penn State
9
12/30/77
Pittsburgh
34
Clemson
3
12/29/78
Clemson
17
Ohio State
15
12/28/79
North Carolina
17
Michigan
15
12/29/80
Pittsburgh
37
South Carolina
9
12/28/81
North Carolina
31
Arkansas
27
12/30/82
Florida State
31
West Virginia
12
12/30/83
Florida
14
Iowa
6
12/28/84
Oklahoma State
21
South Carolina
14
12/30/85
Florida State
34
Oklahoma
23
12/27/86
Clemson
27
Stanford
21
12/31/87
LSU
30
South Carolina
13
1/1/89
Georgia
34
Michigan State
27
12/30/89
Clemson
27
West Virginia
7
1/1/91
Michigan
35
Mississippi
3
12/29/91
Oklahoma
48
Virginia
14
12/31/92
Florida
27
N.C. State
10
12/31/93
Alabama
24
North Carolina
10
12/30/94
Tennessee
45
Virginia Tech
23
1/1/96
Syracuse
41
Clemson
0
1/1/97
North Carolina
20
West Virginia
13
1/1/98
North Carolina
42
Virginia Tech
3
1/1/99
Georgia Tech
35
Notre Dame
28
1/1/00
Miami (Fla.)
28
Georgia Tech
13
1/1/01
Virginia Tech
41
Clemson
20
1/1/02
Florida State
30
Virginia Tech
17
1/1/03
N.C. State
28
Notre Dame
6
1/1/04
Maryland
41
West Virginia
7
1/1/05
Florida State
30
West Virginia
18
1/2/06
Virginia Tech
35
Louisville
24
1/1/07
West Virginia
38
Georgia Tech
35
1/1/08
Texas Tech
31
Virginia
28
1/1/09
Nebraska
26
Clemson
21
1/1/10
Florida State
33
West Virginia
21

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