College Bowl Game Betting Guide

Viewing guide, expert picks and strategy

College football bowl games coincide with one of the most feverish times for NJ sports betting.

This year’s edition might be exceptional due to the spread of legal sports betting across the country. For people who would like to wager on these traditional clashes, here is a quick guide of the ins and outs of college bowl game betting.

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Where to bet on college football bowl games in New Jersey

There are several online and land-based sportsbooks in New Jersey. Al of them will have wagering options on various NCAA football bowl games.

The current list of online sportsbooks includes:

Retail sportsbooks include:

  • William Hill Sportsbook at Monmouth Park
  • FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands
  • Borgata Race & Sports Bar/Moneyline Bar & Book
  • The Book at Harrah’s
  • The Sportsbook at Golden Nugget
  • DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts AC
  • The Book at Bally’s
  • William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino
  • William Hill Sportsbook at Tropicana
  • The Sportsbook at Hard Rock

New Jersey regulations prohibit wagers on games that either take place in New Jersey or involve New Jersey teams. However, there are no scheduled bowls in state.

College football bowl game schedule

There are 43 games in this 2020-2021 bowl season. Bettors will have wagering options for two+ weeks, so there is no shortage of opportunity.

However, the lineup of games this year is still quite hazy. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown off plans for everyone, including in college football. So, we will be updating this table as more information comes to us.

Nevertheless, here is the schedule and matchups for 2020:

January 1, 1970BowlTime (ET)TVConference Matchup
December 19, 2020FBC Mortgage CureTBACBSSNAmerican/MAC/Sun Belt
December 29, 2020Valero AlamoTBAESPNBig 12 vs. Pac-12
December 30, 2020Goodyear CottonTBAESPNAt-large vs. At-large
December 31, 2020Tony the Tiger Sun2 p.m.CBSACC vs. Pac-12
January 1, 2021Vrbo Citrus1 p.m.ESPNBig Ten vs. SEC
January 1, 2021Outback1 p.m.ESPNBig Ten vs. SEC
January 1, 2021Chick Fil-A Peach4 p.m.ESPNAt-large vs. At-large
January 1, 2021Rose5 p.m.ESPNSemifinal Game
January 1, 2021Allstate Sugar8 p.m.ESPNSemifinal Game
January 2, 2021Playstation FiestaTBAESPNAt-large vs. At-large
January 2, 2021Capital One OrangeTBAESPNACC/Notre Dame vs. Big Ten/SEC
January 11, 2021CFP National Championship8 p.m.ESPNSemifinal Winners
Academy Sports + Outdoors TexasTBAESPNBig 12 vs. SEC
TBAAutozone LibertyTBAESPNBig 12 vs. SEC
TBACactusTBAESPNBig 12 vs. Big Ten
TBACamelliaTBAESPNMAC vs. Sun Belt
TBACheribundi Boca RatonTBAESPNAmerican/C-USA/MAC
TBADuke's MayoTBAESPNACC/Notre Dame vs. Big Ten
TBAFamous Idaho PotatoTBAESPNMAC vs. MWC
TBAFenwayTBAESPNACC/Notre Dame vs. American
TBALendingTreeTBAESPNMAC vs. Sun Belt
TBALockheed Martin Armed ForcesTBAESPNAmerican/Army/C-USA
TBAMilitaryTBAESPNACC vs. American
TBAMitsubishi Motors Las VegasTBAESPNPac-12 vs. SEC
TBAMyrtle BeachTBAESPNAmerican/MAC/Sun Belt
TBANew Era PinstripeTBAESPNACC vs. Big Ten
TBAQuick LaneTBAESPNBig Ten vs. MAC
TBAR+L Carriers New OrleansTBAESPNC-USA vs. Sun Belt
TBARadiance Technologies IndependenceTBAESPNArmy vs. Pac-12
TBARedboxTBAFOX/FS1Big Ten vs. Pac-12
TBASERVPRO First ResponderTBAESPNAmerican/ACC/Big 12
TBATaxslayer GatorTBAESPNACC vs. SEC
TBATicketsmarter BirminghamTBAESPNACC/American/SEC
TBATransperfect Music CityTBAESPNBig Ten vs. SEC
TBATropical Smoothie Café FriscoTBAESPNAmerican/C-USA/MAC/MWC

College bowl game odds 2020-21

Here’s a sample of the current odds at New Jersey sportsbooks for the New Year’s five bowl games:

Citrus Bowl odds 2020-21

Outback Bowl odds 2020-21

Peach Bowl odds 2020-21

Rose Bowl odds 2020-21

Sugar Bowl odds 2020-21

College football playoff game schedule

A few years back, the NCAA instituted a limited playoff system to determine an outright champion for that year. Four teams that the selection committee judges to be this year’s best will play two semifinals and a final game.

Here is the schedule for the NCAA football playoff games:

Jan. 1, 2021

  • College Football Playoff Semifinal
    Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
  • College Football Playoff Semifinal
    Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)

Jan. 11, 2021

  • College Football Playoff National Championship
    Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)

Make sure to tune in to all the great action. And don’t forget to place your bets.

Ways to bet on college football bowl games

Point spreads

A point spread is a wager on the expected margin of victory in a game. The sportsbook establishes which team will likely win and by how many points.

Then, bettors have two options to wager. They can either predict that the favorite will exceed the given margin of victory, or the underdog will lose by less or win outright (also known as covering).


A moneyline bet is on the outright winner of the contest. The three-digit number next to each team’s name specifies what a winning bet will pay out.

A positive number is an amount that a $100 bet on that team will pay. A negative number is an amount one must bet to receive $100 as their payout.


Totals bets are better known as wagers on the over/under. The sportsbook establishes its estimate for the anticipated combined total of points the teams will score in a given match.

Players then bet on whether or not the combined total will exceed or fail to reach that mark. Betting that the teams will score more than the over/under is called “taking the over” and the opposite bet is known as “taking the under.”


Futures bets are wagers on the probability of a long-term event occurring. Many times, these sorts of bets will revolve around eventual champions of a particular sport or league.

These types of bets for college bowl games will likely pertain to the playoff games at the end of the season. Sportsbooks will offer odds for each playoff game team and its likelihood of winning the championship.


Proposition bets are wagers on the possibilities of specific events occurring, either within a single game or within an entire season. Prop bets usually focus on specific player goals, rather than team ones.

Any bet about which player will score the first touchdown or whether a player will rush for a certain amount of yards is a prop bet. The possibilities for these types of bets are broader than other bet types and tend to be more granular.


Parlays are nothing more than a combination of the above betting types. Players cast bets on more than one event or team at a time.

The catch is that all of the player’s choices must be accurate to pay out. So, parlays tend to be more challenging to win.

Bowl Pick’em contests

Bowl Pick’em contests tend to show up on various popular websites this time of year. ESPN, Yahoo, and other wide-distribution sites often run them for free. Sometimes, the sites will offer huge payouts if anyone can correctly select the entire set of bowl winners.

They can be a fun way to increase involvement in the complete slate of bowl games. There are so many bowl games these days that only the most diehard of fans can remain engaged throughout.

It is possible that DraftKings, FanDuel, or one of the other online sportsbooks in New Jersey will offer a Bowl Pick’em contest. However, it is unclear what the buy-in or prize structure for this kind of contest would be.

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