College Football Bowl Games

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There was a time when New Year’s Day was the be all and end all for college football. That’s when the first-ever bowl game was played: the 1902 Tournament East-West game between Michigan and Stanford, which the Wolverines won 49-0. Eventually, that game would become an annual event, and when the new Rose Bowl stadium was built in Pasadena, California in time for 1923, they started calling it the Rose Bowl game. Other bowl games would follow; there are 34 of them on this year’s college football betting lines at Bovada Sportsbook.

With so many college bowl games every season – and the National Championship Game deciding who wins the title – New Year’s Day isn’t quite as important as it used to be. However, the College Football Playoff brought some of the luster back in 2014-15 by introducing the “New Year’s Six” concept. They took the six most important bowl games and scheduled them on and around January 1, anchored by the two CFP semifinal games. Here’s a look at each of the New Year’s Six bowls, including the early NCAAF lines for this year’s matchups.

 

Rose Bowl Odds 

When is the Rose Bowl?

The Rose Bowl is being played on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at 5:00 PM EST.

 

Where is the Rose Bowl?

The Rose Bowl is being played at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California.

 

Who's Playing in the Rose Bowl?

The #9 ranked Washington Huskies are playing the #6 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2019 Rose Bowl.

Affectionately known as The Grandaddy of Them All, the Rose Bowl has been played annually since 1916, and it’s still considered the most important bowl game of the season. The early games were played at Tournament Park in Pasadena (a suburb of Los Angeles) before the Rose Bowl stadium was built; the 1942 Rose Bowl was played at Duke Stadium in Durham, North Carolina because of World War II.

Conferences have come and gone in college football, but for much of its history, the Rose Bowl featured teams from what we would recognize today as the Pacific-12 and the Big Ten. The USC Trojans have played the most Rose Bowls at 34, with a sparkling 25-9 record; Michigan is next at 20 Rose Bowls (8-12). The Trojans are the reigning Rose Bowl winners after beating the Penn State Nittany Lions 52-49 last year as 7-point favorites.

The 2019 Rose Bowl will be played Tuesday, January 1 at 5 PM ET on ESPN between the No. 9 Washington Huskies (10-3 SU, 4-9 ATS) and the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1 SU, 6-7 ATS). The Ohio State Buckeyes are 7-point favorites to win the Rose Bowl, with a total of 58 points on the NCAAF odds board. 

Rose Bowl Favorite: Ohio State (-7)
Total: 58

 

Sugar Bowl Odds

When is the Sugar Bowl?

The Sugar Bowl is being played on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at 8:45 PM EST.

 

Where is the Sugar Bowl?

The Sugar Bowl is being played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Who's Playing in the Sugar Bowl?

The #15 ranked Texas Longhorns are playing the #5 ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the 2019 Sugar Bowl.

 

The Sugar Bowl was the next of the big games to join the Rose Bowl, and it’s been a fixture in New Orleans every year since 1935 – except the 2006 Sugar Bowl, which was played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta because of Hurricane Katrina. Tulane Stadium was the host until 1974 when the Sugar Bowl was moved to the Superdome, where it remains today. SEC teams have historically been selected for this game; the Alabama Crimson Tide hold the record for most Sugar Bowls at 15, going 8-7 thus far. Last year’s winners were the Sooners, who beat the Auburn Tigers 35-19 as 2-point favorites.

Sugar Bowl for Texas Longhorns (9-4 SU, 5-7-1 ATS) will be New Year’s Day at 8:45 PM ET on ESPN. The Texas Longhorns are the No. 15, they’ll face the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (11-2 SU, 8-5 ATS). The Bulldogs are 13.5-point favorites to win the Sugar Bowl with a total of 58.

Sugar Bowl Favorite: Georgia Bulldogs (-13.5)
Total: 58
 

 

Cotton Bowl Odds

When is the Cotton Bowl?

The Cotton Bowl is being played on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 4:00 PM EST.

 

Where is the Cotton Bowl?

The Cotton Bowl is being played at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

 

Who's Playing in the Cotton Bowl?

The #3 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish are playing the #2 ranked Clemson Tigers in the 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic.

 

First held at the Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas in 1937, this classic bowl game moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for 2010. This was a showcase for what became the Big 12 Conference, usually with an SEC team or a major independent supplying the opposition, but there are no more conference tie-ins for the New Year’s Six games. The Texas Longhorns have played in the Cotton Bowl 22 times with a record of 11-10-1; the Wisconsin Badgers (–9) won the last Cotton Bowl 24-16 over the Western Michigan Broncos.

This year’s Cotton Bowl: The No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-0 SU, 7-4-1 ATS) taking on the No. 2 Clemson Tigers (13-0 SU, 7-6 ATS) on Saturday, December 29, kicking off at 4:00 PM ET on ESPN. One of the two semi-final games with Clemson Tigers 12.5-point favorites in Arlington with a total of 57.

Cotton Bowl Favorite: Clemson Tigers (-12.5)
Total: 57
 

 

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Orange Bowl Odds

When is the Orange Bowl?

The Orange Bowl is being played on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 8:00 PM EST.

 

Where is the Orange Bowl?

The Orange Bowl is being played at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

 

Who's Playing in the Orange Bowl?

The #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide are playing the #4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 Orange Bowl.
 Miami has been home to the Orange Bowl since it began in 1935 at Miami Field, then moved to the now-defunct Orange Bowl stadium in 1938; to be precise, this game has been held in the suburb of Miami Gardens since 2000, at the former Joe Robbie Stadium. There have been several different conference tie-ins over the years, but it’s Oklahoma with the most Orange Bowl appearances at 19, winning 12 of those games. Most recently, it was the Florida State Seminoles upsetting Michigan 33-32 as 7-point underdogs.

This year, the Orange Bowl is hosting one of the most important game. The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-0 SU, 8-5 ATS) will face No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners (12-1 SU, 5-7-1 ATS) on Saturday, December 29 at 8 PM ET on ESPN. The Crimson Tide are running for a second championship in a row with 14-point favorites to win the Orange Bowl.

Orange Bowl Favorite: Alabama Crimson Tide (-14)
Total: 77

 

Fiesta Bowl Odds

When is the Fiesta Bowl?

The Fiesta Bowl is being played on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at 1:00 PM EST.

 

Where is the Fiesta Bowl?

The Fiesta Bowl is being played at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

 

Who's Playing in the Fiesta Bowl?

The #11 ranked LSU Tigers are playing the #8 ranked UCF Knights in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl.

 

The Fiesta Bowl was established in 1971 as a way for the WAC to get their champion in a bowl game. Interest quickly built from there, and the game was eventually added to the New Year’s Day schedule; they played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe until 2006, when the Fiesta Bowl was moved to the new facility in Glendale. Ohio State has played the Fiesta Bowl eight times with a record of 5-3, but the Buckeyes got creamed in last year’s game, losing their CFP semifinal 31-0 to Clemson as 1-point favorites.

No. 11 LSU Tigers (9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS) will take over the No. 8 UCF Knights (12-0 SU, 9-3 ATS) on January 1, beginning at 1 PM ET on ESPN. The LSU are 7.5-point favorites to win the Fiesta Bowl with a total of 55.

Fiesta Favorite: LSU Tigers (-7.5)
Total: 55
 

 

Peach Bowl Odds

When is the Peach Bowl?

The Peach Bowl is being played on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 12:00 PM EST.

 

Where is the Peach Bowl?

The Peach Bowl is being played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Who's Playing in the Peach Bowl?

The #10 ranked Florida Gators are playing the #7 ranked Michigan Wolverines in the 2018 Peach Bowl.

 

The Peach Bowl will take place on December 29 (12:00 PM ET, ESPN) at the Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where the game has been played since its inception in 1968. Grant Field was its first venue, followed by Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium and the Georgia Dome; SEC and ACC teams used to be Peach Bowl regulars, and it’s Clemson with the most appearances at eight, although the Tigers only won three of them. Alabama beat the Huskies 24-7 at last year’s Peach Bowl before losing to Clemson in the National Championship Game.

This year’s Peach Bowl is an intriguing matchup between the No. 10 Florida Gators (9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS) and the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines (10-2 SU, 6-6 ATS). The Gators should be competitive as 6-point underdogs with a total of 51. Keep checking Bovada Sports for the freshest lines on bowl games, and stay tuned for a wide selection of college football props on each game as they become available.

Peach Bowl Favorite: Michigan Wolverines (-6)
Total: 51
 

*Odds as of December 28, 2018

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