Breaking down the bowl season

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Based on the close game they played the first time around, it’s no wonder the BCS championship game between LSU and Alabama had the closest odds among the 35 bowls, opening at one point on the Glantz-Culver line and a pick ‘em as of Tuesday.

The next closest spread was 1 1/2 points: Arkansas State over Northern Illinois in the GoDaddy.com Bowl and Auburn over Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The biggest spread? Oklahoma at plus-14 over Iowa in the Insight Bowl. Highest over/under is 74 1/2 points between Oklahoma State and Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl.

DISTANCES

The longest trip will be Southern Mississippi in the Hawaii Bowl, a distance of (we’re ballparking here) 4,200 miles.

Longest kids-in-the-car trip? Illinois at the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, a distance of just over 2,100 miles. That’s roughly 31 hours with long, horizon-rarely-changes sections through the Midwest and Nevada, so good luck if you try that one.

NUMBERS

8 - Wins in Texas this season by Baylor, which plays in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

13 - Straight seasons Oklahoma has gone to a bowl game.

22.67 - Points Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III is responsible for per game.

41 - Years since Louisiana-Lafayette last played in a bowl game. The Ragin’ Cajuns face San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl.

91 - Solo tackles by Tulsa linebacker Curnelius Arnick, most of any player in a bowl game and third in the nation.

599 - Yards of offense averaged by Houston, best in the nation.

986 - Over/under on the number of times TV announcers say Urban Meyer’s name during the Gator Bowl between his former team, Florida, and his new one, Ohio State.

1,037 - Combined yards averaged by Fiesta Bowl foes Oklahoma State and Stanford during the regular season.

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