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2020-2021 College Football Bowl Betting Guide

Bowl Games IconBetting on college football during bowl season truly is one of the most wonderful times of the year for pro handicappers and new bettors alike.

Wagering on NCAA football’s postseason play is one of the oldest holiday traditions in college football and dates back to the first-ever bowl game—the 1902 Tournament East-West football game, which today is more commonly known as the “Rose Bowl.” After over a century of bets placed, and the recent inclusion of the College Football Playoff in 2014, turning a profit during bowl season remains a tough nut to crack.

Making sure you account for numerous additional variables and understand the legalities (to stay off the naughty list) are our top priorities with this guide. In addition, we provide odds for every 2019-20 matchup and show you the top NCAAF betting sites, so your bowl game bets can jingle all the way to the bank!

Is it legal to bet on College Football Bowl Games?

Yes, there is no federal law that prohibits college football fans from betting on bowl games. Currently, there are two ways to legally bet at a sportsbook for the 2019-20 bowl season:

  1. Offshore ‒ Despite what some other sites suggest, there is no law banning bettors from using sports betting sites located outside the United States. The US government has no jurisdiction over countries, which is why the most well-known and trusted brands in the industry have operated offshore for decades.
  2. States ‒ Following the US Supreme Court’s decision to repeal PASPA on May 14, 2018, states are now allowed to pass laws legalizing sports betting. To see if you live in one of the 13 states currently offering sportsbooks, head on over to our State By State Legal Sports Betting Guide.

Best NCAAF Bowl Betting Sites

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Top 5 Bowl Betting Tips

Before placing a bet on any of the 39 college football bowl games—or the CFP national championship—this year, take a moment to read through the tips below. For more general college football betting advice (i.e., point spread, totals, etc.), check out our Legal College Football Betting Guide.

Ultimately, the following factors do not come into play for the regular season but can make or break your bet during the bowl season. Here are our top 5 things to watch out when wagering on any college football bowls:

1. Players skipping bowls

Topping the list are NFL draft-eligible players who skip bowls to avoid risking injury, which is becoming more common since outside of the playoffs and title game, bowls are essentially an exhibition matchup and don’t count for anything. They are also among the best players on the team, so staying updated on who’s not playing in the Mountain Dew Viagra Geico Holiday Bowl (not a real bowl, by the way) is just as important as who is in the lineup.

2. Late-season suspensions

One factor that often gets overlooked for bets on bowl games is suspended players. This is why, unless there’s clear value, you shouldn’t bet on any bowl matchup until the day of the game. From end-of-semester grades falling short after exam finals to having a little too much fun past curfew, player suspensions happen to dozens of teams every year. Waiting until both teams warm-up prior to kickoff is the best time to bet during bowl season.

3. Vacation mindset

For the majority of bowls, teams don’t have anything to play for, and even though they’ll never say it publicly, players and coaches treat the trip like a needed vacation after a long, rough season. A team’s motivation for winning a game is hard to measure, but consider this: Since Nick Saban arrived at Alabama, he’s 9-3 in CFP/BCS games but 2-2 in bowls that aren’t a playoff or title games. When nothing is at stake, even the game’s greatest coach has a hard time getting players to compete.

4. Team travel distance

During the regular season, the majority of a team’s schedule will be in-conference games. Because teams play in a specific region, for the most part, travel fatigue is usually a non-factor since most matchups will be, at most, a few hours drive away. However, jet lag comes into play when teams must travel across the country in some scenarios.

5. Conference talent difference

Lastly, the difference in talent level between the Power Five conferences and the Group of Five conferences is rather wide on paper. Can a Mountain West team beat an SEC team? Sure, upsets happen all the time. But throughout history, P5 teams win about three out of every four bowl matchups against G5 teams.

2019-20 Bowl Game Odds: Betting Lines For All Matchups

With the laws and the key things to know about bowl season out of the way, we can finally get to the odds for the bowls!

Whether you’re looking for betting information on the CFP Semifinals, a New Year's Six Bowl, or matchups like the Potato Bowl, we’ve got you covered (but not smothered and chunked, we apologize). We also have a dedicated guide to betting on the National Championship.

Below you’ll find the opening betting lines for every 2019-20 college football bowl and game information, including kickoff time, where to watch/stream the matchups, and where the game will be played. Now, let’s go bowling!

Friday, Dec. 20, 2019

bahama bowl

Bahamas Bowl Odds:
Charlotte vs. Buffalo

Result: BUFF 31 - CHAR 9
Buffalo -5
Over/Under: 57
Time: 2 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Thomas Robinson Stadium,
Nassau, Bahamas

frisco bowl

Frisco Bowl Odds:
Kent State vs. Utah State

Result: KENT 51 - USU 41
Utah State -9.5
Over/Under: 66
Time: 7:30 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Toyota Stadium,
Frisco, TX

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019

new mexico bowl

New Mexico Bowl Odds:
Central Michigan vs. San Diego State

Result: SDSU 48 - CMU 11
San Diego State -4.5
Over/Under: 40.5
Time: 2 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Dreamstyle Stadium,
Albuquerque, NM

Cure BowlCure Bowl Odds:
Liberty vs. Georgia Southern

Result: LIB 23 - GASO 16
Georgia Southern -5.5
Over/Under: 56
Time: 2:30 pm ET
Watch: CBS Sports
Where: Orlando City Stadium,
Orlando, FL

New Orleans Bowl

New Orleans Bowl Odds:
UAB vs. Appalachian State

Result: APP 31 - UAB 17
Appalachian State -17
Over/Under: 47.5
Time: 9 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome,
New Orleans, LA

camellia bowl

Camellia Bowl Odds:
FIU vs. Arkansas State

Result: ARST 34 FIU 26
Arkansas St. -3
Over/Under: 63
Time: 5:30 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Cramton Bowl,
Montgomery, AL

boca raton bowlBoca Raton Bowl Odds:
Florida Atlantic
vs. SMU

Result: FAU 52 - SMU 28
SMU -3.5
Over/Under: 73
Time: 3:30 pm ET
Watch: ABC
Where: FAU Stadium,
Boca Raton, FL

Vegas Bowl

Vegas Bowl Odds:
Boise State vs.

Result: WASH 38 - BSU 7
Washington -3.5
Over/Under: 48
Time: 7:30 pm ET
Watch: ABC
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium,
Las Vegas, NV

Monday, Dec. 23, 2019

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019

Gasparilla Bowl

Gasparilla Bowl Odds:
Marshall vs. UCF

Result: UCF 48 - MRSH 25
UCF -17.5
Over/Under: 59
Time: 2:30 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Raymond James Stadium,
Tampa Bay, FL

Hawaii Bowl

Hawaii Bowl Odds:
Hawaii vs. BYU

Result: HAW 38 - BYU 34
BYU -2
Over/Under: 62.5
Time: 8 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Aloha Stadium,
Honolulu, HI

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019

independance bowl

Independence Bowl Odds:
Louisiana Tech vs. Miami

Result: LT 14 - MIA 0
Miami -7.5
Over/Under: 49.5
Time: 4 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Independence Stadium,
Shreveport, LA

Quicklane bowl

Quick Lane Bowl Odds:
Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh

Result: PITT 34 - EMU 30
Pittsburgh -10.5
Over/Under: 49
Time: 8 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Ford Field,
Detroit, MI

Friday, Dec. 27, 2019

military bowl

Military Bowl Odds:
Temple vs. North Carolina

Result: UNC 55 - TEMP 13
North Carolina -5.5
Over/Under: 54
Time: Noon ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, MD

Pinstripe bowl

Pinstripe Bowl Odds:
Wake Forest vs. Michigan State

Result: MSU 27 - WAKE 21
Michigan State -3.5
Over/Under: 50.5
Time: 3:20 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Yankee Stadium,
Bronx, NY

Texas Bowl

Texas Bowl Odds:
Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Result: TA&M 24 - OKST 21
Texas A&M -6
Over/Under: 52
Time: 6:45 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: NRG Stadium,
Houston, TX

Cheez-it Bowl

Cheez-It Bowl Odds:
Air Force vs. Washington State

Result: AF  31 - WSU 21
Air Force -3
Over/Under: 67.5
Time: 10:15 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Chase Field,
Phoenix, AZ

Holiday Bowl
Holiday Bowl Odds:
Iowa vs. USC

Result: IOWA 49 - USC 24
Iowa -1.5
Over/Under: 53
Time: 8 pm ET
Watch: FS1
Where: SDCCU Stadium,
San Diego, CA

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019

Cotton Bowl

NY6 - Cotton Bowl Odds:
Memphis vs. Penn State

Result: PSU 53 - MEM 39
Penn State -7
Over/Under: 60
Time: Noon ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: AT&T Stadium,
Arlington, TX

camping world bowl

Camping World Bowl Odds:
Iowa State vs. Notre Dame

Result: ND 33 - ISU 9
Notre Dame -3.5
Over/Under: 56.5
Time: Noon ET
Watch: ABC
Where: Camping World Stadium,
Orlando, FL

Peach Bowl

CFP Semifinal
NY6 - Peach Bowl Odds: Oklahoma vs. LSU

Result: LSU 63 - OKLA 28
LSU -12.5
Over/Under: 75.5
Time: 4 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Mercedes Benz Stadium,
Atlanta, GA

Fiesta Bowl

CFP Semifinal
NY6 - Fiesta Bowl Odds: Ohio State vs. Clemson

Result: CLEM 29 - OSU 23
Clemson -2
Over/Under: 63.5
Time: 8 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: State Farm Stadium,
Glendale, AZ

Monday, Dec. 30, 2019

First Responder Bowl

First Responder Bowl Odds:
Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan

Result: WKY 23 - WMU 20
Western Kentucky -2.5
Over/Under: 53
Time: 12:30 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Gerald Ford Stadium,
Dallas, TX

Music City Bowl

Music City Bowl Odds:
Louisville vs. Mississippi

Result: LOU 38 - MSST 28
Mississippi State -3.5
Over/Under: 60.5
Time: 4 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Nissan Stadium,
Nashville, TN

Redbox Bowl

Redbox Bowl Odds:
Illinois vs. California

Result: CAL 35 - ILL 20
California -6
Over/Under: 44
Time: 4 pm ET
Watch: FOX|
Where: Levi's Stadium,
Santa Clara, CA

Orange Bowl

NY6 - Orange Bowl Odds:
Virginia vs. Florida

Result: FLA 36 - UVA 28
Florida -13
Over/Under: 55
Time: 8 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Hard Rock Stadium,
Miami Gardens, FL

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019

Belk Bowl

Belk Bowl Odds:
Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech

Result: UK 37 - VT 30
Virginia Tech -3
Over/Under: 51
Time: Noon ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Bank of America Stadium,
Charlotte, NC

Sun bowl

Sun Bowl Odds:
Florida State vs. Arizona State

Result: ASU 20 - FSU 14
Arizona State -5.5
Over/Under: 56
Time: 2 pm ET
Watch: CBS
Where: Sun Bowl,
El Paso, TX

Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl Odds:
Navy vs. Kansas

Result: NAVY 20 - KSU 17
: Kansas State -1
Over/Under: 51.5
Time: 3:45 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, TN

Arizona Bowl

Arizona Bowl Odds
Georgia State vs. Wyoming

Result: WYO 38 - GAST 17
Wyoming -7
Over/Under: 49.5
Time: 4:30 pm ET
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Where: Arizona Stadium,
Tucson, AZ

Alamo Bowl

Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Utah

Result: TEX 38 - UTAH 10
Utah -6.5
Over/Under: 55
Time: 7:30 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Alamodome Stadium,
San Antonio, TX

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020

Citrus Bowl

Citrus Bowl Odds:
Michigan vs. Alabama

Result: ALA 35 - MICH 16
Alabama -7
Over/Under: 57.5
Time: 1 pm ET
Watch: ABC
Where: Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL

Outback bowl

Outback Bowl Odds:
Minnesota vs. Auburn

Result: MIN 31 - AUB 24
Auburn -8
Over/Under: 51
Time: 1 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Raymond James Stadium,
Tampa, FL

Rose Bowl

NY6 - Rose Bowl Odds:
Oregon vs. Wisconsin

Result: ORE 28 - WISC 27
Wisconsin -2.5
Over/Under: 49
Time: 5 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA

Sugar Bowl

NY6 - Sugar Bowl Odds:
Baylor vs. Georgia

Result: UGA 26 - BAY 14
Georgia -7.5
Over/Under: 42.5
Time: 8:45 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome,
New Orleans, LA

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020

Birmingham bowl

Birmingham Bowl Odds:
Boston College vs. Cincinnati

Result: CIN 38 - BC 6
Cincinnati -7
Over/Under: 54.5
Time: 3 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Legion Field,
Birmingham, AL

Gator Bowl

Gator Bowl Odds:
Indiana vs. Tennessee

Result: TENN 23 - IND 22
Over/Under: 51.5
Time: 7 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: TIAA Bank Field,
Jacksonville, FL

Friday, Jan. 3, 2020

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020

Potato Bowl

Potato Bowl Odds:
Nevada vs. Ohio

Result: OHIO 30 - NEV 21
Ohio -6.5
Over/Under: 56
Time: 3:30 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Albertsons Stadium,
Boise, ID

Armed forces bowl

Armed Forces Bowl Odds:
Southern Miss vs. Tulane

Result: TUL 30 - USM 13
Tulane -7
Over/Under: 57.5
Time: 11:30 am ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Amon G Carter Stadium,
Fort Worth, TX

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

Lending Tree bowl

LendingTree Bowl Odds:
Miami Ohio vs. UL Lafayette

Result: ULL 27 - M:OH 17
UL Lafayette -14
Over/Under: 55.5
Time: 7:30 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Ladd-Pebbles Stadium,
Mobile, AL

Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

National Championship logo

2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Odds:
Clemson vs. LSU

Result: LSU 42 - Clemson 25
Over/Under: TBD
Time: 8 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome,
New Orleans, LA