Betting And Beating The College Football Bowl Season

College Football Bowls and Big Betting Interest

We’ve had one of our strongest bowl seasons as the New Year’s Day bowls arrive along with the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Betting the bowls brings out more bettors and college football bowl pools are also popular. Many big bets at Las Vegas sportsbooks and other leading online sportsooks are now posted more often through social media and Twitter, and recreational bettors may feel like the college bowls are a great time to be betting more when reality is that it’s still not easy to beat the game.

We had a strong play on Clemson (-12) in the College Football Playoff Cotton Bowl, and the Tigers crushed the Irish 30-3. But the amount of wagering activity was significant, and more bettors lost playing Notre Dame.


Additional factors are in play in handicapping the bowl games:

  • Motivation and excitement of selected bowl
  • Point spreads, adjustments and major market moves
  • Injuries, suspension, distractions, players sitting out for draft
  • Coaching success, changes, preparation
  • Location of bowl, regional or home field advantage

Of course the stats and fundamental match-ups are of significance, and I analyzed many of the games and outlined statistical profiles in evaluations of bowl games I provided to Vegas Sports Zone members, online sites where I contribute like Offshore Gaming Association, BetAmerica and Forbes.

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I provided a rated play or opinion on every college bowl game this season. We’ve had one of our best bowl seasons heading into New Year’s Day, going 15-5 ATS on rated plays and 12-3 ATS on opinions. New Year’s eve was another rated play winner on Oklahoma State (+9) outright in the Cowboys Liberty Bowl win 38-33.

Liberty Bowl – Oklahoma State

Check out other winners in the earlier bowls and some of the analysis and picks I provided.

Las Vegas BowlFresno State & Under

Gasparilla Bowl – Marshall

Armed Forces BowlArmy

Pinstripe Bowl – Miami/Wisconsin UNDER

Music City BowlAuburn/Purdue OVER

Alamo Bowl Iowa State

Belk BowlVirginia

College Football Playoff Cotton BowlClemson

Rose Bowl – Washington

Other chip-ins and opinion winners included:

College Football Playoff Orange BowlOklahoma & Over

Texas BowlBaylor

Outback Bowl – Iowa

Fiesta Bowl – LSU

Best wishes on the New Year’s Day Bowls, College Football Playoff  National Championship game and the rest of 2019!

Article edited and updated Jan. 2 – four more winners on New Year’s Day (2 top rated plays included Texas (+13) outright in Sugar Bowl).

Bowl season results into National Championship game & my article at Forbes.

Rated plays record 17-5 ATS (77%), and Opinion plays 14-4 ATS. A combined 31-9 ATS (77.5%) on all college football bowl plays.

Edited Jan. 8 – Clemson wins National Championship.

Rated plays college bowls record 18-5 ATS (78%). Top plays/best bets 7-2 ATS. Combined rated plays and opinions 32-9 ATS (78%). 11-1 ATS finish final 12 rated bowl plays.

We’ll be back to battle in the trenches and toss more touchdowns next season!

You can bet on it.

Author: FairwayJay is a leading national sports betting analyst, writer, handicapper and sports betting insider providing insight and information you can bet on for nearly two decades from Las Vegas. He chips in additional sports betting coverage and reporting on industry news and events for leading media and sports betting sites and companies. Follow him on Twitter: @FairwayJay