College Bowl Odds 2021-22

Spreads, Totals And Moneylines

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If the Super Bowl is considered sports betting’s national holiday, then mid-December to early January could likely be labeled sports betting’s Mardi Gras — a multi-week celebration with no shortage of revelry.

College bowl season has something for every bettor on a near-daily basis beginning Friday, Dec. 16 and culminating on Monday, Jan. 9 in the College Football Playoff National Championship in Los Angeles.

TheLines has collected all of the pertinent information necessary for you to place your moneyline, point spread, and parlays and totals bets on all of this season’s bowl matchups.

College Bowl odds

Here are college bowl odds available to bet on from the top sportsbooks in the US.

College Bowl props

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2022-23 College Bowl schedule

Here is the College Bowl schedule for 2022 and early 2023. All start times listed are Eastern Standard. Matchups will be decided following the conclusion of the regular season in early December.

HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl: Conference USA vs. MAC

Friday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m., ESPN — Thomas Robinson Stadium (Nassau, Bahamas)

Duluth Trading Cure Bowl: Group of 5 At-large vs. Group of 5 At-large

Friday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m., ESPN — Exploria Stadium (Orlando, FL)

Wasabi Fenway Bowl: ACC/ND vs. American

Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m., ESPN — Fenway Park (Boston, MA)

Cricket Celebration Bowl: MEAC (FCS) vs. SWAC (FCS)

Saturday, Dec. 17, 12 p.m., ABC — Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA)

PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl: American/Conference USA/Mountain West

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2:15 p.m., ESPN — Dreamstyle Stadium (Albuquerque, NM)

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl: Pac-12 vs. Mountain West

Saturday, Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m., ABC — SoFi Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)

LendingTree Bowl: MAC vs. Sun Belt

Saturday, Dec. 17, 5:45 p.m., ESPN — Hancock Whitney Stadium (Mobile, AL)

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl: Pac-12 vs. SEC

Saturday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., ABC — Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas, NV)

Frisco Bowl: Group of 5 At-large vs. Group of 5 At-large

Saturday, Dec. 17, 9:15 p.m., ESPN — Toyota Stadium (Frisco, TX)

Myrtle Beach Bowl: American/MAC/Sun Belt

Monday, Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m., ESPN — Brooks Stadium (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: MAC vs. Mountain West

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 3:30 p.m., ESPN — Albertsons Stadium (Boise, ID)

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl: Group of 5 At-large vs. Group of 5 At-large

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., ESPN (FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL)

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Conference USA vs. Sun Belt

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 9 p.m., ESPN — Caesars Superdome (New Orleans, LA)

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: American vs. Conference USA

Thursday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., ESPN — Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, TX)

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl: Army vs. Conference USA

Friday, Dec. 23, TBA, ESPN — Independence Stadium (Shreveport, LA)

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl: American/ACC/Notre Dame/SEC

Friday, Dec. 23, TBA, ESPN — Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)

EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl: Mountain West/Conference USA/American

Saturday, Dec. 24, 8 p.m., ESPN — Ching Complex (Honolulu, HI)

Quick Lane Bowl: MAC vs. Big Ten

Monday, Dec. 26, 2:30 p.m., ESPN — Ford Field (Detroit, MI)

Camellia Bowl: MAC vs. Sun Belt

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 12 p.m., ESPN — Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, AL)

SERVPro First Responder Bowl: American/ACC/Big 12

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 3:15 or 6:45 p.m., ESPN — Gerald J. Ford Stadium (Dallas, TX)

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl: American vs. SEC

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 3:15 or 6:45 p.m., ESPN — Protective Stadium (Birmingham, AL)

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 10:15 p.m., ESPN — Chase Field (Phoenix, AZ)

Military Bowl: ACC/Notre Dame vs. American

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m. — Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, MD)

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Big 12 vs. SEC

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m., ESPN — Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium (Memphis, TN)

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: ACC vs. Pac-12

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m., FOX — Petco Park (San Diego, CA)

TaxAct Texas Bowl: Big 12 vs. SEC

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 9 p.m. ESPN — NRG Stadium (Houston, TX)

Pinstripe Bowl: ACC/Notre Dame vs. Big Ten

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2 p.m., ESPN — Yankee Stadium (Bronx, NY)

Cheez-It Bowl: ACC/Notre Dame vs. Big 12

Thursday, Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m., ESPN — Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL)

Valero Alamo Bowl: Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Thursday, Dec. 29, 9 p.m. ESPN — Alamodome (San Antonio, TX)

Duke’s Mayo Bowl: ACC/Notre Dame vs. SEC

Friday, Dec. 30, 12 a.m. ESPN — Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl: ACC/Notre Dame vs. Pac-12

Friday, Dec. 30, 2 p.m., CBS — Sun Bowl Stadium (El Paso, TX)

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: SEC vs. Big Ten of ACC/Notre Dame

Friday, Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m., ESPN — TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, FL)

Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl: MAC vs. Mountain West

Friday, Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m. — Arizona Stadium (Tucson, AZ)

Capital One Orange Bowl: ACC/Notre Dame vs. Big Ten/SEC

Friday, Dec. 30, 8 p.m., ESPN — Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)

TransPerfect Music City Bowl: SEC vs. Big Ten or ACC/Notre Dame

Saturday, Dec. 31, 12 p.m., ABC — Nissan Stadium (Nashville, TN)

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Big 12 vs. SEC

Saturday, Dec. 31, 12 p.m., ESPN — Caesars Superdome (New Orleans, LA)

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: College Football Playoff Semifinal

Saturday, Dec. 31, 4 or 8 p.m., ESPN — Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA)

Vrbo Fiesta Bowl: College Football Playoff Semifinal

Saturday, Dec. 31, 4 or 8 p.m., ESPN — State Farm Stadium (Phoenix, AZ)

ReliaQuest Bowl: SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC (formerly Outback Bowl)

Monday, Jan. 2, 12 p.m., ESPN2 — Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)

Goodyear Cotton Bowl: At-Large vs. At-Large

Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m., ESPN — AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX)

Citrus Bowl: Big Ten vs. SEC or ACC/Notre Dame

Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m., ABC — Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL)

Rose Bowl Game: Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Saturday, Jan. 1, 5 p.m. ESPN — Rose Bowl Stadium (Pasadena, CA)

CFP National Championship Game

Monday, Jan. 9, 8 p.m. ESPN — SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, CA)

How college bowl odds are changing

Check back in December when Bowl matchups are set for opening lines.

How to watch bowl games in 2022 and 2023

With games being played daily, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with trying to keep up with them all. Fortunately, you’ll only need a couple of clicks of the remote to take in all 100+ hours of bowl season madness.

ESPN carries a majority of bowl games, including the entire College Football Playoff. CBS carries the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl while FOX carries the Guaranteed Rate Bowl. ABC holds the rights to a handful bowl games (Celebration, Boca Raton, Las Vegas, Camping World, and Citrus Bowls).

All bowl games can be streamed on the network’s respective Apps, with many available on ESPN+. A full list of the game dates, times, and networks can be found here.

How to bet on college football

Moneyline

Before jumping into betting, one has to understand what kind of bets exist. The first is the moneyline. Moneyline is the most simple, where one bets outright winners. Take the following moneyline from last year for example:

  • Notre Dame +790
  • Alabama -1500

In this instance, Alabama was a huge favorite (-1500), meaning you’d have to have bet $1500 to win $100 (plus your original bet amount back). Notre Dame (+790) was the heavy underdog in this game, meaning if you bet $100, you’d have won $790 (plus your original amount bet back) if the Irish had pulled off the upset.

Point spread

Along with every moneyline, you have a point spread. The purpose of point spreads is to bring the teams to even in the sportsbook or, for bettors, how much a team is expected to win or lose by each game. Take the following point spread for example:

  • Notre Dame +19.5 (-108)
  • Alabama -19.5 (-112)

Alabama was the favorite in this game, favored by 19.5 points. Bettors would consider if they thought Alabama would win by over 19.5 points or more. If a bettor thought Alabama would win by less than 19.5 points, they would have taken Notre Dame +19.5.

The numbers in parentheses indicate how much money one would win on a bet.

“Why do I have to bet $110 to win $100 back so often?” The $10 discrepancy is referred to as the “vig,” or the fee a sportsbook charges for the bet.

The above example is a half-point number, but many times bets will include whole numbers. Say Alabama was favored by exactly 19 points and won by exactly 19 points. That would be referred to as a push, where all bettors would be returned their betting amount.

Total (over/under)

Those who want to bet on the over/under would consider all of the points scored in each game. Take the following over/under for example:

  • Notre Dame vs. Alabama 57.5 points

If one thought the two teams will combine for more points than the total shown above, they would bet the Over. If not, they would bet the Under. Over/unders can take the risk of upsets out of the game, and the bettor would end up rooting for both teams to score, or neither team to score.

Parlays

Parlays refer to a string of bets that must all win in order for the bettor to cash out. Though high-risk, there are much higher payouts on parlays.

Basic NCAAF betting strategies & tips

It’s one thing to play weekly pick ‘em based on intuition or to pick a March Madness bracket based on mascots. But when it comes to betting games, you’ll need to make careful and calculated picks or it could cost you.

Weather

First, you should always check for unusual or inclement weather if the game is played outdoors. Rain, snow, and wind negatively impacts scoring and passing offenses (although elite offenses and NFL-ready players are less affected). You might notice games that would normally see a high over/under fall if heavy rain and wind is expected.

Injuries

This should be a no-brainer. When Alabama’s star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down for the rest of the season with a hip injury two years ago, the Crimson Tide were not considered as heavy favorites. However, don’t just check for star quarterbacks– injuries defensive backs, left tackles, and offensive centers can change the tide of a game.

Statistics and metrics

There’s so many advanced stats these days, it’s hard to know which ones to really take into consideration. Scoring offense and defense statistics are important, but should be taken with context. For example, Cincinnati ranked 52nd in total defense in 2019, but faced four top-10 offenses in the season. Therefore, it shouldn’t be assumed that the Bearcats will give up a bunch of points (against all other opponents, they gave up more than 20 points just twice).

Look for statistical “matchups” when considering games, as well.

In nearly every game, individual mismatches can be found (tall receivers vs short defensive backs, athletic tight ends vs pass-vulnerable linebackers, or speedy edge rushers vs slower offensive tackles).

Other factors

The venue a game is played in should be taken into account. When a team travels to LSU on a Saturday night, they are fighting an uphill battle before a snap is played; Tiger Stadium under the bright lights imposes one of the most daunting atmospheres in all of sports. Time the game is played is also a factor, since “Cinderella” teams (ex. Minnesota in 2019) can succumb to the pressure of primetime.

Coaching is a major factor and might affect games the most in games played between elite college football teams.

Playing the market

When betting, don’t just take the first line you come across. Betting is buying, and you should carefully consider all of your options; spreads can differ slightly from book to book. If you’re hesitant to take Notre Dame -7, another sportsbook might offer Notre Dame -6.5.

Timing is also key. Books often release initial lines to get people to bet a certain way (example, Alabama -19.5 vs Notre Dame). This huge spread will get initial bettors to take Notre Dame (+19.5) and the line might move in favor of Alabama (to -18.5 or so). You’ll want to monitor lines multiple times a day until it, a) stays consistent or, b) gives you the best odds. This is the case with both spreads and over/under totals.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL FAQ

How many college bowl games are there?

For the 2022-23 bowl season there will be 42 games played, not including the National Championship.

When are college bowl games announced?

Bowl game matchups fall into place following the conclusion of each conference championship game, as they are dependent on conference finishes.

What were the original college bowl games?

The Rose Bowl was the original bowl game, standing as the only one in 1930. By 1935, that had expanded to the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Sun Bowl.

How many FBS teams are there?

There are 131 FBS teams split amongst 10 conferences, with seven independents.

How many FCS teams are there?

There are 125 FCS teams split amongst 13 conferences, with one independent team.

How many players can be on a college football team?

The answer is not as straightforward as you’d think. In the offseason, teams can roster up to 125 players. In-season, they can have 85 active players, but conferences limit the amount of traveling players between 70-74.

Where is the National Championship game in 2023?

The 2023 National Championship game will be played at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California on Monday, January 9.

Why are they called bowl games?

All bowl games are named after Rose Bowl Stadium, where the first postseason college football game was played.

What is the purpose of college bowl games?

College bowl games act as closure to the season. Non-playoff games pit representatives of different conferences (usually similar in final standing) against each other for bragging rights, a trophy, and a cash payout to each school.