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 41 games in this 2019-2020 bowl season. Bettors will have wagering options for two+ weeks, so there is no shortage of opportunity. Here is the schedule and matchups for 2019:

DateBowlTime (ET)TVMatchup
December 20Bahamas2 p.m.ESPNC-USA vs. MAC
December 20Frisco7:30 p.m.ESPN2AAC vs. Sun Belt
December 21CelebrationNoonABCMEAC vs. SWAC
December 21New Mexico2 p.m.ESPNC-USA vs. Mountain West
December 21Cure2:30 p.m.CBSSNAAC vs. Sun Belt
December 21Boca Raton3:30 p.m.ABCMAC vs. AAC
December 21Camellia5:30 p.m.ESPNMAC vs. Sun Belt
December 21Las Vegas7:30 p.m.ABCPac-12 vs. Mountain West
December 21New Orleans9 p.m.ESPNC-USA vs. AAC
December 23Gasparilla2:30 p.m.ESPNC-USA vs. ACC/AAC
December 24Hawaii8 p.m.ESPNBYU vs. AAC
December 26Independence4 p.m.ESPNSEC vs. ACC/Notre Dame
December 26Quick Lane8 p.m.ESPNBig Ten vs. ACC/Notre Dame
December 27MilitaryNoonESPNAmerican vs. ACC/Notre Dame
December 27Pinstripe3:20 p.m.ESPNBig Ten vs. ACC/Notre Dame
December 27Texas6:45 p.m.ESPNBig 12 vs. SEC
December 27Holiday8 p.m.FS1Big Ten vs. Pac-12
December 27Cheez-It10:15 p.m.ESPNBig 12 vs. Pac-12
December 28Camping WorldNoonABCBig 12 vs. ACC/Notre Dame
December 28CottonNoonESPNAt-large vs. At-large
December 28Fiesta (semifinal)4 p.m. or 8 p.m.ESPNTBA vs. TBA
December 28Peach (semifinal)4 p.m. or 8 p.m.ESPNTBA vs. TBA
December 30First Responder12:30 p.m.ESPNBig Ten vs. C-USA/ACC
December 30Music City4 p.m.ESPNSEC vs. ACC/Big Ten/Notre Dame
December 30Redbox4 p.m.FoxBig Ten vs. Pac-12
December 30Orange8 p.m.ESPNACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame
December 31BelkNoonESPNSEC vs. ACC/Notre Dame
December 31Sun2 p.m.CBSPac-12 vs. ACC/Notre Dame
December 31Liberty3:45 p.m.ESPNBig 12 vs. SEC
December 31Arizona4:30 p.m.CBSSNMountain West vs. Sun Belt
December 31Alamo7:30 p.m.ESPNBig 12 vs. Pac-12
January 1Citrus1 p.m.ABCBig Ten vs. SEC
January 1Outback1 p.m.ESPNBig Ten vs. SEC
January 1Rose5 p.m.ESPNBig Ten vs. Pac-12
January 1Sugar8:45 p.m.ESPNBig 12 vs. SEC
January 2Gator7 p.m.ESPNSEC vs. ACC/Big Ten/Notre Dame
January 2Birmingham3 p.m.ESPNSEC vs. AAC
January 3Famous Idaho Potato3:30 p.m.ESPNMAC vs. Mountain West
January 4Armed Forces11:30 a.m.ESPNMountain West vs. Big Ten
January 6Mobile Alabama7:30 p.m.ESPNMAC vs. Sun Belt
January 13National ChampionshipTBAESPNSemifinal winners

College bowl game odds 2019

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

Cotton Bowl odds 2019

Fiesta Bowl odds 2019

Peach Bowl odds 2019

Orange Bowl odds 2019

Rose Bowl odds 2019

Sugar Bowl odds 2019

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:

Dec. 28, 2019

  • College Football Playoff Semifinal
    Playstation Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ)
  • College Football Playoff Semifinal
    Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)

Jan. 13, 2020

  • College Football Playoff National Championship
    (Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans)

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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