Cotton Bowl Odds

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This year’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic kicks off Jan. 2, 2023 from AT&T Stadium at 1:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN. The New Year’s Six bowl features the Pac-12 runner-up USC Trojans (11-2) and the American Conference champion Tulane Green Wave (11-2)– the highest ranked Group of Five team this year. Last year, the Cotton Bowl was a College Football Playoff semi-final but returns to a standard NY6 bowl this season. On this page, you’ll find 2023 Cotton Bowl odds, game analysis, and historical results of the game.

Cotton Bowl odds: USC Vs. Tulane

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USC is a favorite over Tulane in the Cotton Bowl. This number initially favored the Trojans by 4.5 points, but that number quickly moved down to under two in most spots.

Heisman winner Caleb Williams was visibly hobbled against Utah, but expects to be ready for this game. Unless reports change, his injury should not be in consideration when handicapping this game. However, losing starting offensive linemen Brett Neilon and Andrew Vorhees (opt out) for this game is significant. Star receiver Jordan Addison also won’t play with an ankle injury as a possible NFL prospect.

What should be considered is the lack of defense played by USC. The Trojans are an astonishing 106th in points per drive allowed while Tulane’s opportunistic offense is 18th in points scored per drive. Michael Pratt has been terrific, ranking inside the top 25 nationally in EPA. However, the engine of Tulane’s offense is Tyjae Spears, who’s rushed for over 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns this year. In each of his last two games, spears rushed for over 180 yards and his active 100-yard game streak extended to seven.

Given the severity of the market movement, Tulane early would have been the right side. However, with over three points of movement in the books, the value in Tulane is likely gone. The over/under for this game is currently set at points.

However, fewer than 20% of bowl confidence pools picked Tulane. They’re a strong contrarian pick for larger pools.

Notable Opt Outs

Tulane: None

USC: WR Jordan Addison, OL Andrew Vorhees, LB Ralen Goforth

Cotton Bowl betting

Last year’s Cotton Bowl Classic was historic for the CFP. The Cincinnati Bearcats became the first team from a Group of Five conference to secure a berth in the playoff, where they squared off against the top-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide. Sauce Gardner and the Cincinnati lockdown defense played admirably, but they ultimately fell to Heisman winner Bryce Young and Alabama, 24-6.

The Tide were favored by 13.5 points, a mark which they covered. The game went well under its point total, which was set at 57.5 points. Alabama would go onto the National Championship, where they were defeated by Georgia.

Previous Years

Favorites have covered in each of the last five Cotton Bowl games overall and in all three games which the Cotton Bowl was a semifinal. The 2016 matchup between Wisconsin and Western Michigan ended in a push, meaning the last time an underdog covered in the Cotton Bowl was Michigan State in 2014. That game, the Spartans closed a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Baylor 42-41 as +3 underdogs.

Four of the last six point totals have gone under in the Cotton Bowl. The two exceptions were a 53-39 shootout between Penn State and Memphis in 2019 and a 55-20 Oklahoma blowout of Florida in 2020.

Cotton Bowl history

Below are historical results of the Cotton Bowl. Games marked with an asterisk indicate a CFP semifinal matchup.

The first Cotton Bowl Classic was played in 1937 between TCU and Marquette, with the Horned Frogs winning 16-6.

DateWinnerScoreLoserScore
January 2, 2023No. 16 Tulane46No. 10 USC45
December 31, 2021*No. 1 Alabama27No. 4 Cincinnati6
December 30, 2020No. 8 Oklahoma55No. 10 Florida20
December 28, 2019No. 13 Penn State53No. 15 Memphis39
December 29, 2018*No. 2 Clemson30No. 3 Notre Dame3
December 29, 2017No. 5 Ohio State24No. 8 USC7
January 2, 2017No. 8 Wisconsin24No. 12 Western Michigan16
December 31, 2015*No. 2 Alabama38No. 3 Michigan State0
January 1, 2015No. 7 Michigan State42No. 4 Baylor41
January 3, 2014No. 9 Missouri41No. 13 Oklahoma State31
January 4, 2013No. 9 Texas A&M41No. 11 Oklahoma13
January 6, 2012No. 7 Arkansas29No. 11 Kansas State16
January 7, 2011No. 11 LSU41No. 18 Texas A&M24
January 2, 2010Ole Miss21No. 21 Oklahoma State7
January 2, 2009No. 20 Ole Miss47No. 8 Texas Tech34
January 1, 2008No. 7 Missouri38No. 25 Arkansas7
January 1, 2007No. 10 Auburn17No. 22 Nebraska14
January 2, 2006No. 8 Alabama13No. 20 Texas Tech10
January 1, 2005No. 15 Tennessee38No. 22 Texas A&M7
January 2, 2004No. 16 Ole Miss31No. 21 Oklahoma State28
January 1, 2003No. 9 Texas35LSU20
January 1, 2002No. 10 Oklahoma10Arkansas3
January 1, 2001No. 11 Kansas State35No. 21 Tennessee21
January 1, 2000No. 24 Arkansas27No. 14 Texas6
January 1, 1999No. 20 Texas38No. 25 Mississippi State11
January 1, 1998No. 5 UCLA29No. 20 Texas A&M23
January 1, 1997No. 5 BYU19No. 14 Kansas State15
January 1, 1996No. 7 Colorado38No. 12 Oregon6
January 2, 1995No. 21 USC55Texas Tech14
January 1, 1994No. 4 Notre Dame24No. 7 Texas A&M21
January 1, 1993No. 5 Notre Dame28No. 4 Texas A&M3
January 1, 1992No. 5 Florida State10No. 9 Texas A&M2
January 1, 1991No. 4 Miami (FL)46No. 3 Texas3
January 1, 1990No. 8 Tennessee31No. 10 Arkansas27
January 2, 1989No. 9 UCLA17No. 8 Arkansas3
January 1, 1988No. 13 Texas A&M35No. 12 Notre Dame10
January 1, 1987No. 11 Ohio State28No. 8 Texas A&M12
January 1, 1986No. 11 Texas A&M36No. 16 Auburn16
January 1, 1985No. 8 Boston College45Houston28
January 2, 1984No. 7 Georgia10No. 2 Texas9
January 1, 1983No. 4 SMU7No. 6 Pittsburgh3
January 1, 1982No. 6 Texas14No. 3 Alabama12
January 1, 1981No. 9 Alabama30No. 6 Baylor2
January 1, 1980No. 8 Houston17No. 7 Nebraska14
January 1, 1979No. 10 Notre Dame35No. 9 Houston34
January 2, 1978No. 5 Notre Dame38No. 1 Texas10
January 1, 1977No. 6 Houston30No. 4 Maryland21
January 1, 1976No. 18 Arkansas31No. 12 Georgia10
January 1, 1975No. 7 Penn State41No. 12 Baylor20
January 1, 1974No. 12 Nebraska19No. 8 Texas3
January 1, 1973No. 7 Texas17No. 4 Alabama13
January 1, 1972No. 10 Penn State30No. 12 Texas6
January 1, 1971No. 6 Notre Dame24No. 1 Texas11
January 1, 1970No. 1 Texas21No. 9 Notre Dame17
January 1, 1969No. 5 Texas36No. 8 Tennessee13
January 1, 1968Texas A&M20No. 8 Alabama16
December 31, 1966No. 4 Georgia24No. 10 SMU9
January 1, 1966LSU14No. 2 Arkansas7
January 1, 1965No. 2 Arkansas10No. 6 Nebraska7
January 1, 1964No. 1 Texas28No. 2 Navy6
January 1, 1963No. 7 LSU13No. 4 Texas0
January 1, 1962No. 3 Texas12No. 5 Ole Miss7
January 2, 1961No. 10 Duke7No. 7 Arkansas6
January 1, 1960No. 1 Syracuse23No. 4 Texas14
January 1, 1959No. 10 TCU0No. 6 Air Force0
January 1, 1958No. 5 Navy20No. 8 Rice7
January 1, 1957No. 14 TCU28No. 8 Syracuse27
January 2, 1956No. 10 Ole Miss14No. 6 TCU13
January 1, 1955Georgia Tech14No. 10 Arkansas6
January 1, 1954No. 6 Rice28No. 13 Alabama6
January 1, 1953No. 10 Texas16No. 8 Tennessee0
January 1, 1952No. 15 Kentucky20No. 11 TCU7
January 1, 1951No. 4 Tennessee20No. 3 Texas14
January 2, 1950No. 5 Rice27No. 16 North Carolina13
January 1, 1949No. 10 SMU21No. 9 Oregon13
January 1, 1948No. 3 SMU13No. 4 Penn State13
January 1, 1947No. 8 LSU0No. 16 Arkansas0
January 1, 1946No. 10 Texas40Missouri27
January 1, 1945Oklahoma A&M34TCU0
January 1, 1944No. 14 Texas7Randolph Field7
January 1, 1943No. 11 Texas14Georgia Tech7
January 1, 1942No. 20 Alabama29No. 9 Texas A&M21
January 1, 1941No. 6 Texas A&M13No. 12 Fordham12
January 1, 1940Clemson6Boston College3
January 2, 1939Saint Mary's (CA)20No. 11 Texas Tech13
January 1, 1938Rice28Colorado14
January 1, 1937No. 16 TCU16No. 20 Marquette6

FAQ

When is the 2023 Cotton Bowl?

The 2023 Cotton Bowl will be played on Jan. 2, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Where is the Cotton Bowl?

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, has been the host of the Cotton Bowl since it was moved from Cotton Bowl Stadium in 2010.

Who is playing in the 2023 Cotton Bowl?

Tulane plays USC in the 2023 Cotton Bowl. Tulane clinched their berth when they won the American Athletic Conference Championship, while USC fills one of the at-large New Year’s Six bids.