College Bowl Odds 2021-22

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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. 17 and culminating on Monday, Jan. 10 in the College Football Playoff National Championship in Indianapolis.

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.

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College Bowl schedule

Here is the College Bowl schedule for 2021 and early 2022. All start times listed are Eastern Standard. Also included is betting perspective for each college bowl game.

Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee (8-6) vs. Toledo (7-7)

Friday, Dec. 17, 12 p.m., ESPN — MTSU 31, Toledo 24

Cure Bowl: Coastal Carolina (11-2) vs. Northern Illinois (8-6)

Friday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m., ESPN2 — Coastal Carolina 47, NIU 41

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl: Western Kentucky (9-5) vs. Appalachian State (10-4)

Saturday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m., ESPN — WKU 59, App State 38

Cricket Celebration Bowl: SC State (7-5) vs. Jackson State (11-2)

Saturday, Dec. 18, 12 p.m., ABC — SC State 31, Jackson State 10

New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State (10-3) vs. UTEP (7-6)

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2:15 p.m., ESPN — Fresno State 31, UTEP 24

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl: #13 BYU (10-3) vs UAB (9-4)

Saturday, Dec. 18, 3:30 p.m., ABC — UAB 31, BYU 28

LendingTree Bowl: Liberty (8-5) vs. Eastern Michigan (7-6)

Saturday, Dec. 18, 5:45 p.m., ESPN — Liberty 56, EMU 20

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl: Utah State (11-3) vs. Oregon State (7-6)

Saturday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., ABC — Utah State 24, Oregon State 13

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Marshall (7-6) vs. #23 Louisiana (13-1)

Saturday, Dec. 18, 9:15 p.m., ESPN — Louisiana 36, Marshall 21

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Old Dominion (6-7) vs. Tulsa (7-6)

Monday, Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m., ESPN — Tulsa 30, Old Dominion 17

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Kent State (7-7) vs. Wyoming (7-6)

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m., ESPN — Wyoming 52, Kent State 38

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl: UTSA (12-2) vs. #24 San Diego State (12-2)

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., ESPN — San Diego State 38, UTSA 24

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Army (9-3) vs. Missouri (6-7)

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 8 p.m., ESPN — Army 24, Missouri 22

Frisco Football Classic: North Texas (6-6) vs. Miami OH (6-6)

Thursday, Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m., ESPN — Miami OH 27, North Texas 14

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl: UCF (8-4) vs. Florida (6-6)

Thursday, Dec. 23, 7 p.m., ESPN — UCF 29, Florida 17

EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl: Hawai’i (6-7) vs. Memphis (6-6)

Friday, Dec. 24, 8 p.m., ESPN — The EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl has been canceled as Hawai’i withdrew from the game due to COVID issues.

TaxAct Camellia Bowl: Ball State (6-6) vs. Georgia State (7-5)

Saturday, Dec. 25, 2:30 p.m., ESPN — Georgia State 51, Ball State 20

Quick Lane Bowl: Western Michigan (7-5) vs. Nevada (8-4)

Monday, Dec. 27, 11 a.m., ESPN — Western Michigan 52, Nevada 24

Military Bowl: Boston College (6-6) vs. East Carolina (7-5)

The Military Bowl has been cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols within the Boston College program.

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl: #20 Houston (11-2) vs. Auburn (6-6)

Tuesday, Dec. 28, 12 p.m., ESPN — Houston 17, Auburn 13

SERVPro First Responder Bowl: Air Force (9-3) vs. Louisville (6-6)

Tuesday, Dec. 28, 3:15 p.m., ESPN — Air Force 31, Louisville 28

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Texas Tech (6-6) vs. Mississippi State (7-5)

Tuesday, Dec. 28, 6:45 p.m., ESPN — Texas Tech 34, Mississippi State 7

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: #18 NC State (9-3) vs. UCLA (8-4)

This year’s Holiday Bowl was called off due to COVID-19 concerns within the UCLA program.

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: West Virginia (6-6) vs. Minnesota (8-4)

Tuesday, Dec. 28, 10:15 p.m., ESPN — Minnesota 18, West Virginia 6

Wasabi Fenway Bowl: SMU (8-4) vs. Virginia (6-6)

The Fenway Bowl has been cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols within the Virginia program.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Maryland (6-6)

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2:15 p.m., ESPN — Maryland 54, Virginia Tech 10

Cheez-It Bowl: Iowa State (7-5) vs. #19 Clemson (9-3)

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 5:45 p.m., ESPN — Clemson 20, Iowa State 13

Valero Alamo Bowl: #16 Oklahoma (10-2) vs. #14 Oregon (10-3)

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 9:15 p.m. ESPN — Oklahoma 47, Oregon 32

Duke’s Mayo Bowl: North Carolina (6-6) vs. South Carolina (6-6)

Thursday, Dec. 30, 11:30 a.m. ESPN — South Carolina 38, UNC 21

TransPerfect Music City Bowl: Tennessee (7-5) vs. Purdue (8-4)

Thursday, Dec. 30, 3 p.m., ESPN — Purdue 48, Tennessee 45 (OT) 

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: #10 Michigan State (10-2) vs. #12 Pittsburgh (11-2)

Thursday, Dec. 30, 7 p.m., ESPN — MSU 31, Pitt 21

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State (8-4) vs. Wisconsin (8-4)

Thursday, Dec. 30, 10:30 p.m., ESPN — Wisconsin 20, Arizona State 13

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl: Washington State (7-5) vs. Central Michigan (8-4)

Friday, Dec. 31 — Central Michigan 24, Washington State 21

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: Rutgers (5-7) vs. #17 Wake Forest (10-3)

Friday, Dec. 31 — Wake Forest 38, Rutgers 10

Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl: Central Michigan (8-4) vs. Boise State (7-5)

Boise State has withdrawn from this game due to COVID protocols and the game was cancelled.

CFP Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: #1 Alabama (12-1) vs. #4 Cincinnati (13-0)

Friday, Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ESPN — Alabama 27, Cincinnati 6

CFP Semifinal Capital One Orange Bowl: #2 Michigan (12-1) vs. #3 Georgia (12-1)

Friday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m., ESPN — Georgia 34, Michigan 11

Outback Bowl: #21 Arkansas (8-4) vs. Penn State (7-5)

Saturday, Jan. 1, 12 p.m., ESPN — Arkansas 24, Penn State 10

Vrbo Citrus Bowl: #22 Kentucky (9-3) vs. #15 Iowa (10-3)

Saturday, Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ABC — Kentucky 20, Iowa 17

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: #9 Oklahoma State (11-2) vs. #5 Notre Dame (11-1)

Saturday, Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ESPN — Oklahoma State 37, Notre Dame 35

Rose Bowl Game: #6 Ohio State (10-2) vs. #11 Utah (10-3)

Saturday, Jan. 1, 5 p.m. ESPN — Ohio State 48, Utah 45

Allstate Sugar Bowl: #8 Ole Miss (10-2) vs. #7 Baylor (11-2)

Saturday, Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. ESPN — Baylor 21, Ole Miss 7

TaxAct Texas Bowl: Kansas State (7-5) vs. LSU (6-6)

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 9 p.m. ESPN

Who is LSU down to at quarterback? Max Johnson announced he’s transferring to Texas A&M while Myles Brennan isn’t ready to suit up from injury yet. That leaves Garrett Nussmeier as the only scholarship quarterback available, but he would have to burn a redshirt in order to play. Per 247Sports, there’s a chance receiver Jontre Kirklin– a former three-star high school quarterback– could fill in. Of course, LSU is also without a head coach for the game.

Kansas State has its own quarterback question with Skylar Thompson suffering an injury in the Wildcats’ last game of the year; it’s expected he plays, per coach Chris Kliemann, but his status is worth monitoring. K-State’s rushing attack was their most valuable assets this year behind All American Duece Vaughn. Vaughn will return to Manhattan next season and will play in this game.

Full LSU vs. Kansas State Betting Preview

CFP National Championship Game: #1 Alabama vs. #3 Georgia

Monday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m. ESPN

Alabama vs. Georgia betting preview coming soon.

How college bowl odds are changing

Here is a look at how the college bowl odds are changing. First are the initial odds as they were posted on Dec. 5.

  • Middle Tennessee +9.5 vs. Toledo -9.5
  • Northern Illinois +10 vs. Coastal Carolina -10
  • Western Kentucky +2.5 vs. Appalachian State -2.5
  • UTEP +13.5 vs. Fresno State -13.5
  • UAB +7.5 vs. BYU -7.5
  • Eastern Michigan +8.5 vs. Liberty -8.5
  • Utah State +8 vs. Oregon State -8
  • Louisiana-Lafayette -5 vs. Marshall +5
  • Old Dominion +9.5 vs. Tulsa -9.5
  • Kent State +3.5 vs. Wyoming -3.5
  • UTSA -1.5 vs. San Diego State +1.5
  • Missouri +3.5 vs. Army -3.5
  • North Texas +3 vs. Miami OH -3
  • UCF +7.5 vs. Florida -7.5
  • Memphis -3.5 vs. Hawaii +3.5
  • Georgia State -3.5 vs. Ball State +3.5
  • Western Michigan +6 vs. Nevada -6
  • Boston College -3.5 vs. East Carolina +3.5
  • Houston +3 vs. Auburn -3
  • Air Force +1.5 vs. Louisville -1.5
  • Mississippi State -8 vs. Texas Tech +8
  • UCLA +1 vs. North Carolina State -1
  • West Virginia +5 vs. Minnesota -5
  • SMU -1.5 vs. Virginia +1.5
  • Maryland +2.5 vs. Virginia Tech -2.5
  • Clemson +1.5 vs. Iowa State -1.5
  • Oregon +4.5 vs. Oklahoma -4.5
  • North Carolina -7 vs. South Carolina +7
  • Tennessee -4.5 vs. Purdue +4.5
  • Wisconsin -7 vs. Arizona State +7
  • Wake Forest +7 vs. Texas A&M -7
  • Washington State +2.5 vs. Miami FL -2.5
  • Central Michigan +8 vs. Boise State -8
  • Pittsburgh -4 vs. Michigan State +4
  • Cincinnati +13.5 vs. Alabama -13.5
  • Georgia -7.5 vs. Michigan +7.5
  • Penn State -1.5 vs. Arkansas +1.5
  • Iowa +3 vs. Kentucky -3
  • Oklahoma State +2 vs. Notre Dame -2
  • Utah +7 vs. Ohio State -7
  • Baylor +2 vs. Ole Miss -2
  • LSU +1 vs. Kansas State -1

And here are updated college bowl odds for betting purposes.

  • Middle Tennessee +10 vs. Toledo -10
  • Northern Illinois +10.5 vs. Coastal Carolina -10.5
  • Western Kentucky +3 vs. Appalachian State -3
  • UTEP +11.5 vs. Fresno State -11.5
  • UAB +7 vs. BYU -7
  • Eastern Michigan +8.5 vs. Liberty -8.5
  • Utah State +7 vs. Oregon State -7
  • Louisiana-Lafayette -5 vs. Marshall +5
  • Old Dominion +9.5 vs. Tulsa -9.5
  • Kent State +3 vs. Wyoming -3
  • UTSA -2.5 vs. San Diego State +2.5
  • Missouri +3.5 vs. Army -3.5
  • UCF +7 vs. Florida -7
  • Memphis -8.5 vs. Hawaii +8.5
  • Georgia State -5.5 vs. Ball State +5.5
  • Western Michigan -6.5 vs. Nevada +6.5
  • Boston College -3 vs. East Carolina +3
  • Houston +2.5 vs. Auburn -2.5
  • Air Force +1.5 vs. Louisville -1.5
  • Mississippi State -9.5 vs. Texas Tech +9.5
  • UCLA +1 vs. North Carolina State -1
  • West Virginia +5 vs. Minnesota -5
  • SMU +1 vs. Virginia -1
  • Maryland PK vs. Virginia Tech PK
  • Clemson +1.5 vs. Iowa State -1.5
  • Oregon +4.5 vs. Oklahoma -4.5
  • North Carolina -7 vs. South Carolina +7
  • Tennessee -4.5 vs. Purdue +4.5
  • Pittsburgh PK vs. Michigan State PK
  • Wisconsin -7 vs. Arizona State +7
  • Wake Forest +7 vs. Texas A&M -7
  • Washington State +2.5 vs. Miami FL -2.5
  • Central Michigan +8 vs. Boise State -8
  • Cincinnati +13.5 vs. Alabama -13.5
  • Georgia -7.5 vs. Michigan +7.5
  • Penn State -1.5 vs. Arkansas +1.5
  • Iowa +3 vs. Kentucky -3
  • Oklahoma State +2 vs. Notre Dame -2
  • Utah +6.5 vs. Ohio State -6.5
  • Baylor -1.5 vs. Ole Miss +1.5
  • LSU +1 vs. Kansas State -1

How to watch bowl games in 2021 and 2022

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. Two years ago, ESPN2 aired just the Frisco Bowl. CBS carried the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl and CBSSN was home to both the Cure Bowl and the Arizona Bowl.

Fox only aired the Redbox Bowl. ABC holds the rights to the remaining 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 2021-22 bowl season there will be 40 games played.

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 130 FBS teams split amongst 10 conferences, with six 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 2022?

The 2022 National Championship game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on Monday, January 10.

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.