The most wonderful time of year has arrived for college football bettors. 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 college bowl odds and information necessary for you to place your moneyline, point spread, parlays and totals bets on all of this season’s NCAA matchups.
Compare lines for all of the games below and check out the schedule for this bowl season.
College Bowl odds
Spreads for every bowl game are available below. College Bowl odds include spreads, moneylines and totals. The odds show the best available across sportsbooks in your state.
College Bowl schedule
Here is the College Bowl schedule for 2022 and early 2023. All start times listed are Eastern Standard. Compare odds for every bowl game below.
CFP National Championship Game: No. 1 Georgia Vs. No. 3 TCU
Monday, Jan. 9, 8 p.m. ESPN — SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, CA)
Georgia opened as a -13.5 favorite but by Wednesday that had shrunk to the Bulldogs -12.5 at most sportsbooks. The total is still high on the heels of a high-scoring semi-final round as it currently sits at points.
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Bowl Game Results
HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl: UAB vs. Miami-OH
UAB beat Miami-OH 24-20 in the 2022 Bahamas Bowl.
Duluth Trading Cure Bowl: Troy vs. UTSA
Troy toppled UTSA in the Cure Bowl, 18-12.
Wasabi Fenway Bowl: Louisville vs. Cincinnati
Interim Louisville head coach Deion Branch had little problem solving Cincinnati as the Cardinals cruised to a 24-7 win at Fenway Park.
SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl: No. 14 Oregon State vs. Florida
Florida could never find the end zone in a 30-3 blowout loss to Oregon State.
Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl: Washington State vs. Fresno State
Fresno State showed up in a big way in the LA Bowl as it blasted Washington State, 29-6.
LendingTree Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Rice
Southern Miss won a high-scoring affair, outclassing Rice, 38-24.
PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl: BYU vs. SMU
SMU had a late charge as it tallied 13 points in the fourth quarter but it was not enough in a 24-23 loss to BYU.
Frisco Bowl: Boise State vs. North Texas
Boise State put up 22 points in the third quarter and it proved to be enough to down North Texas, 35-32.
Myrtle Beach Bowl: UConn vs. Marshall
Despite a late push, Marshall held off UConn in the Myrtle Beach Bowl, 28-14.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: San Jose State vs. Eastern Michigan
Eastern Michigan rallied from an early 13-0 deficit to score 30 straight points and ultimately beat San Jose State 41-27 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl: Toledo vs. Liberty
Toledo held off a late scare against Liberty and won the Boca Raton Bowl, 21-19.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: South Alabama vs. Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky had a field day offensively as it outpaced South Alabama, 44-23, to win the New Orleans Bowl.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force vs. Baylor
Air Force’s defense suffocated Baylor in one of the coldest bowl games on record. Air Force upended Baylor 30-15 in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl: Houston vs. Louisiana
Houston completed a 92-yard, game-winning touchdown drive to secure a comeback victory over Louisiana in the Independence Bowl, 23-16.
Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl: Missouri vs. Wake Forest
Wake Forest beat Missouri in the Gasparilla Bowl, 27-17.
EasyPost Hawaii Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. San Diego State
Middle Tennessee State squeaked by San Diego State in the Hawaii Bowl, 25-23.
Quick Lane Bowl: New Mexico State vs. Bowling Green
New Mexico State outlasted Bowling Green in the Quick Lane Bowl, 24-19.
Camellia Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Buffalo
Buffalo hung on to pull an upset of Georgia Southern, 23-21.
SERVPro First Responder Bowl: Utah State vs. Memphis
Memphis easily handled Utah State in the First Responder Bowl, winning 38-10.
TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl: East Carolina vs. Coastal Carolina
East Carolina won a track meet against Coastal Carolina, beating the Chants, 53-29.
Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma State
Wisconsin beat Oklahoma State, 24-17, in the desert.
Military Bowl: Duke vs. UCF
Duke scored a comfortable win the Military Bowl, 30-13 over UCF.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. Kansas
Arkansas won one of the most exciting games of this bowl season over Kansas, 55-53, in three overtimes.
San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: North Carolina vs. No. 15 Oregon
With Bo Nix back at QB, Oregon was a big favorite but needed to hang on for the win over North Carolina, 28-27.
TaxAct Texas Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss
Texas Tech hung on late, but ultimately pulled away from Ole Miss, 42-25, in the Texas Bowl.
Pinstripe Bowl: Minnesota vs. Syracuse
Syracuse covered with a late backdoor touchdown, but Minnesota won the game 28-20.
Cheez-It Bowl: No. 13 Florida State vs. Oklahoma
Florida State won but did not cover a big spread over Oklahoma. Final score: 35-32.
Valero Alamo Bowl: No. 12 Washington vs. No. 20 Texas
Washington may have been ranked higher but was an underdog in betting odds. UW pulled the upset over Texas, 27-20.
Duke’s Mayo Bowl: No. 23 NC State vs. Maryland
Maryland won a low-scoring slopfest over NC State, 16-12.
Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl: Pitt vs. No. 18 UCLA
Pitt pulled off an incredible comeback to upset UCLA 37-35 with a walk-off field goal.
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: No. 19 South Carolina vs. No. 21 Notre Dame
The Irish beat the Gamecocks 45-38.
Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl: Ohio vs. Wyoming
Ohio beat Wyoming 30-27 in overtime on a terrific throw by CJ Harris.
Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 7 Clemson vs. No. 6 Tennessee
Tennessee pulled a big upset and beat Clemson (-5), 31-14.
TransPerfect Music City Bowl: Iowa vs. Kentucky
Iowa shutout a shorthanded Kentucky 21-0 in the Music City Bowl.
Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 9 Kansas State vs. No. 5 Alabama
Alabama overwhelmed Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl, 45-20.
Vrbo Fiesta Bowl: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU (College Football Playoff Semifinal)
TCU pulled off a huge upset in their first CFP semifinal and notched a 51-45 victory over Michigan.
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Ohio State (College Football Playoff Semifinal)
Ohio State missed a 48-yard game-winning field goal and Georgia notched a spot in the National Championship Game, 42-41.
ReliaQuest Bowl: No. 22 Mississippi State vs. Illinois
Mississippi State sealed a late win over Illinois in the ReliaQuest Bowl, 19-10.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl: No. 16 Tulane vs. No. 10 USC
Tulane mounted an improbable comeback to beat USC at the buzzer, 46-45.
Cheez-It Citrus Bowl: No. 17 LSU vs. Purdue
LSU beat Purdue in record fashion, 63-7, in the Citrus Bowl.
Rose Bowl: No. 11 Penn State vs. No. 8 Utah
Penn State ran away with the Rose Bowl over Utah, 35-21.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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
For the 2022-23 bowl season there will be 42 games played, not including the National Championship.
Bowl game matchups fall into place following the conclusion of each conference championship game, as they are dependent on conference finishes.
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.
There are 131 FBS teams split amongst 10 conferences, with seven independents.
There are 125 FCS teams split amongst 13 conferences, with one independent 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.
The 2023 National Championship game will be played at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California on Monday, January 9.
All bowl games are named after Rose Bowl Stadium, where the first postseason college football game was played.
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.