College Bowl Game Odds

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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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College bowl game odds

Bowl game odds are released when the matchups are set but you can put a futures bet down in advance on who you think the National Champion will be. See the current real-time odds at NJ online sportsbooks for this year’s National Champ in the second tab below.

In the first tab you can see the current point spreads, moneylines and totals odds for all upcoming Bowl games. Use the drop-down menu to toggle between odds boards. Click on any odds to jump right to the sportsbook, claim your free bets or bonus and lock in your bowl bet.

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:

DateBowlTime (ET)TVConference Matchup
December 19, 2020Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco7:00 PMESPNAmerican/C-USA/MAC/MWC
December 21, 2020Myrtle Beach2:30 PMESPNAmerican/MAC/Sun Belt
December 22, 2020Famous Idaho Potato3:30 PMESPNMAC vs. MWC
December 22, 2020Boca Raton7:00 PMESPNAmerican/C-USA/MAC
December 23, 2020R+L Carriers New Orleans3:30 PMESPNC-USA vs. Sun Belt
December 23, 2020Montgomery7:00 PMESPNAt Large vs. At Large
December 24, 2020New Mexico3:30 PMESPNAmerican/C-USA/MWC
December 25, 2020Camellia2:30 PMESPNMAC vs. Sun Belt
December 26, 2020Cure Bowl12:00 PMESPNAmerican/MAC/Sun Belt
December 26, 2020Gasparilla12:00 PMABCAmerican/ACC/SEC
December 26, 2020LendingTree3:30 PMESPNMAC vs. Sun Belt
December 26, 2020Radiance Technologies Independence7:00 PMESPNArmy vs. Pac-12
December 26, 2020Guaranteed Rate10:15 PMESPNBig 12 vs. Big Ten
December 26, 2020SERVPRO First Responder3:30 PMABCAmerican/ACC/Big 12
December 28, 2020Military2:30 PMESPNACC vs. American
December 29, 2020Cheez-It5:30 PMESPNACC vs. Big 12
December 29, 2020Valero Alamo9:00 PMESPNBig 12 vs. Pac-12
December 30, 2020Duke's Mayo12:00 PMESPNACC/Notre Dame vs. Big Ten
December 30, 2020Transperfect Music City3:30 PMESPNBig Ten vs. SEC
December 30, 2020Goodyear Cotton7:15 PMESPNAt-large vs. At-large
December 31, 2020Lockheed Martin Armed Forces12:00 PMESPNAmerican/Army/C-USA
December 31, 2020Autozone Liberty4:00 PMESPNBig 12 vs. SEC
December 31, 2020Arizona4:00 PMCBSSNMAC vs. MWC
December 31, 2020Texas8:00 PMESPNBig 12 vs. SEC
January 1, 2021TicketSmarter Birmingham12:00 PMESPN2ACC/American/SEC
January 1, 2021Chick Fil-A Peach12:30 PMESPNAt-large vs. At-large
January 1, 2021Vrbo Citrus1 :00 PMABCBig Ten vs. SEC
January 1, 2021Rose5:00 PMESPNSemifinal Game
January 1, 2021Allstate Sugar8:45 PMESPNSemifinal Game
January 2, 2020TaxSlayer Gator12:00 PMESPNACC vs. SEC
January 2, 2021Outback12:30 PMABCBig Ten vs. SEC
January 2, 2021Playstation Fiesta4:00 PMESPNAt-large vs. At-large
January 2, 2021Capital One Orange8:00 PMESPNACC/Notre Dame vs. Big Ten/SEC
January 11, 2021CFP National Championship8:00 PMESPNSemifinal Winners
CancelledBahamasTBAESPNC-USA vs. MAC
CancelledCelebrationTBAABCMEAC vs. SWAC
CancelledFenwayTBAESPNACC/Notre Dame vs. American
CancelledLATBAESPNPac-12 vs. MWC
CancelledMitsubishi Motors Las VegasTBAESPNPac-12 vs. SEC
CancelledNew Era PinstripeTBAESPNACC vs. Big Ten
CancelledQuick LaneTBAESPNBig Ten vs. MAC
CancelledRedboxTBAFOX/FS1Big Ten vs. Pac-12
CancelledSDCCU HolidayTBAFOX/FS1ACC vs. Pac-12
CancelledSofi Hawai'iTBAESPNMWC vs. AAC/C-USA
CancelledTony the Tiger SunTBACBSACC vs. Pac-12

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.

Where to bet on college football bowl games in New Jersey

There are several online and land-based sportsbooks in New Jersey. All 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
  • FanDuel Sportsbook at Bally’s 
  • Borgata Race & Sports Bar/BetMGM Sportsbook & Bar 
  • Caesars Sportsbook at Harrah’s
  • The Sportsbook at Golden Nugget
  • DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts AC
  • Caesars Sportsbook at Wild Wild West
  • William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino
  • Caesars 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.

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