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Historical Betting Trends for College Football's 7 Biggest Rivalry Games

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When it comes to college football rivalry week, most records and recent success don't mean anything when both heated rivals take the field in Week 13. With the kind of consistency we see across most rivalry bowl matchups, here are the performance betting trends for seven of college football's oldest rivalry games.


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1. Iron Bowl: Auburn Tigers (7-4) @ No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-0)

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Spread: Alabama (-24): Only three of the last 10 meetings between Alabama and Auburn have been decided by more than 24 points. But two of those three results were Alabama wins at home in Tuscaloosa. 


Total: 52.5 Points: The total in the last five games played in Tuscaloosa has averaged 56.2 points per game overall, but the last two have combined for 70.5 PPG. 

2. The Game: No. 4 Michigan Wolverines (10-1) @ No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1)

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Spread: Michigan (-4): Michigan hasn't beaten Ohio State in Columbus since 2000, and the Wolverines have won just one of their previous 14 meetings with the Buckeyes. However, OSU's average margin of victory has dropped from 17.4 PPG over the last five games in Columbus to just 8.5 PPG in the last two. 


Total: 56.5 Points: This rivalry has averaged an incredibly consistent scoring total at 56.1 PPG over the last 10 meetings compared to 54 PPG over the past two. 

3. Egg Bowl: No. 18 Mississippi State (7-4) @ Ole Miss Black Bears (5-6)

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Spread: Mississippi State (-11): In its two wins on the road in Oxford over the the last five meetings, Mississippi State has won by an average of 21.5 PPG and most recently by 35 points in 2016. 


Total: 58.5 Points: Egg Bowl games played in Oxford (61.5 PPG) have averaged significantly greater combined totals than ones played in Starkville (50.33 PPG) over the past five meetings. 

4. Apple Cup: No. 18 Washington Huskies (8-3) @ No. 8 Washington State (10-1

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Spread: Washington State (-3): The average margin of victory for games played in Pullman has been soaring in recent years, going from 11.8 PPG over the last five meetings to 23 PPG over the last two. 


Total: 49.5 Points: Apple Cup meetings in Pullman have averaged slightly more combined totals (51.4 PPG) than those played in Seattle (48.6 PPG) over the past five matchups. 

5. The Axe Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-6) @ Wisconsin Badgers (7-4)

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Spread: Wisconsin (-11): The Badgers have absolutely dominated this rivalry, winning 14  times in a row. Wisconsin has averaged a 14-point margin of victory over the last five games played in Madison. 


Total: 54 Points: Five of the last six battles for Paul Bunyan's axe have combined for fewer than 54 points, but the single over (58 points) did come in Madison back in 2014. 

6. Commonwealth Cup: Virginia Cavaliers (7-4) @ Virginia Tech Hokies (4-6)

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Spread: Virginia (-3.5): Virginia Tech has won 14 Commonwealth Cup meetings in a row, 18 of the last 19 games overall and the Hokies haven't lost to Virginia at home in Blacksburg since Google was founded (1998). 


Total: 50 Points: The last five games played in Blacksburg have consistently averaged more combined total points than than those played in Charlottesville, going from 42.4 PPG to 62 points scored in the last time it was played at Tech in 2016. 

7. The Bucket Game: Purdue Boilermakers (5-6) @ Indiana Hoosiers (5-6)

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Spread: Purdue (-4): Home teams have the slight edge over the last 10 meetings between these two teams at 6-4, and the average margin of victory for games played in Bloomington has consistently decreased from 10.8 PPG over the last five meetings down to just two points in the 2016 matchup. 


Total: 64.5 Points: Four of the last five games played in Bloomington have combined for fewer than 64.5 points, averaging 59.6 PPG over that span. 


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