Ultimate bowl betting guide

A cheat sheet for ATS and SU picks, top system plays and more

Updated: December 19, 2013, 1:48 PM ET
By ESPN Insider contributors | ESPN Insider

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It's easy to get overwhelmed amid the 35 bowl games that will be played between Dec. 21 and Jan. 6. But fear not, Insider is here to help. We've asked our experienced group of gambling experts, including Chad Millman, Dave Tuley, Phil Steele, Will Harris, PJ Walsh, Geoff Kulesa and Sal Selvaggio what they're focused on during bowl season.

Below we provide:

Chad Millman's seven rules for betting bowl games

Dave Tuley's Vegas Rankings of CFB's Top 25 teams

The best system bets for this bowl season from PJ Walsh of Sports Insights

Handicappers' five best ATS bets, SU bets, O/U bets and potential upsets

Top five public teams according to Jay Kornegay of the LVH

Enjoy and good luck this bowl season.

Key links:

CFB bowl schedule »

CFB PickCenter »

ESPN's CFB Bowl Mania »


CFB Vegas Rankings

LAS VEGAS -- There are college football polls everywhere you turn, but here we present the NCAA Vegas Rankings as another tool for handicappers getting ready for the 2013-14 bowl season.

The teams are ranked by the composite power ratings of our panel of handicappers that includes Sal Selvaggio of madduxsports.com, Geoff Kulesa of wunderdog.com, Teddy "Covers" Sevransky of sportsmemo.com and yours truly, Dave Tuley. The ratings are meant to compare the relative strength of the teams if they were to meet on a neutral field, which is what we get in bowl games except for rare cases.

It's not surprising that our No. 1 team is Florida State, but we did have one dissenter in the group. Sevransky still has Alabama better than FSU (and he's not alone, as several Vegas bookmakers have said they would still favor the Tide over the Seminoles if they were to meet).

"The best teams I've seen FSU beat, Clemson and Miami, are both flawed and beatable, which was especially clear after Clemson's bad loss to South Carolina," Sevransky said. "Bama stomped on an SEC slate and their lone loss came because of their kicker -- no other reason. I did not downgrade them off the brutal Auburn loss. FSU has a frosh QB getting too much media glare. Bama has a senior QB that can handle the glare."

That would have been a great matchup to see, but we can only handicap the games in front of us.

Our combined power ratings have Florida State as 8 points better than Auburn in the Jan. 6 BCS title game in Pasadena, Calif., which is just about where the market is settling after opening as low as 7 and going as high as 10.

Here are the top 35 teams in college football according to Las Vegas:


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