Oklahoma-Iowa has biggest pointspread of all the bowls

Published: December 5 2011 | 12:45 pm - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 7:43 am in
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I realize Iowa's 2011 football team isn't exactly the college version of the 2011 Green Bay Packers, but a 16-point underdog to Oklahoma? Really?

Not that OU shouldn't be a clear favorite in the Insight Bowl. But 16 points? That's a lot of points, folks. I'm not saying it can't or won't happen, but ... it's a lot of points.

In their last three games, the Sooners allowed 45 and 44 points against Baylor and Oklahoma State, respectively. I realize Iowa's offense doesn't rival those two, and I realize that offense managed a feeble seven points in its final regular-season game, at Nebraska. But with a month to prepare against an OU team that isn't terribly thrilled to have fallen all the way to the Insight Bowl? It seems like a lot.

In fact, it's the biggest number on all the bowls in Las Vegas sports books. I'm guessing it drops, maybe as soon as today. The highest spreads:

Oklahoma -16 vs. Iowa

Boise State -13.5 vs. Arizona State

TCU -12.5 vs. Louisiana Tech

Texas A&M -11 vs. Northwestern

Baylor 10 vs. Washington

Eighteen of the 35 bowls have spreads of three points or less. LSU is a 1-point pick over Alabama.

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