- Last Year the ACC and SEC both tied for the most bowl victories with six.
- The ACC has the most teams that were sent to bowl games with ten.
- The Clemson Tigers are the defending national champions and look to repeat.
NEW ORLEANS – Now that the NCAA regular season has reached its conclusion and the teams have been selected for the College Football Playoff, the bowl season has officially started. With bowl games set to start on Friday, we’ve prepared a conference bowl preview with the O/U win totals for each of the Power 5 conferences along with the spreads for each of those games.
ACC – Ten Teams In Bowl Games – O/U Win Total: 5
The ACC has the most teams participating in bowl games this year with 10. The ACC was one of the weakest conferences this season and only has two of the 10 teams ranked in the Top-25 heading into the bowl season. The No. 3 Clemson Tigers are the team that will represent the ACC in the College Football Playoff (CFP) against the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes.
Sportsbooks have the conferences win total set at five which is gracious considering how this conference performed this season. The over for this total is set at -120 and the Under is also listed at -120. Despite the odds being listed the same, take the under, as ACC teams haven’t performed well against other conferences this season (a 4-9 record against other Power 5 schools).
Winner: Under (-120)
- Independence Bowl – Miami Hurricanes (-6) vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs – Dec. 26 @ 4 p.m. ET
- Quick Lane Bowl – Pittsburgh Panthers (-11) vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles – Dec. 26 @ 8 p.m. ET
- Military Bowl – North Carolina Tar Heels (-5) vs. Temple Owls – Dec. 27 @ Noon ET
- Pinstripe Bowl -- Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Michigan State Spartans (-3.5) – Dec. 27 @ 3:20 p.m. ET
- Fiesta Bowl (CFP) l - No. 3 Clemson Tigers (-2.5) vs. No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes – Dec. 28 @ 8 p.m. ET
- Music City Bowl - Louisville Cardinals vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (-4) -- Dec. 30 @ 4 p.m. ET
- Orange Bowl - No. 24 Virginia Cavaliers vs. No. 9 Florida Gators (-15) - Dec. 30 @ 8 p.m. ET
- Belk Bowl – Virginia Tech Hokies (-3) vs. Kentucky Wildcats – Dec. 31 @ Noon ET
- Sun Bowl – Florida State Seminoles vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (-4) – Dec. 31 @ 2 p.m. ET
- Birmingham Bowl – Boston College vs. No. 22 Cincinnati Bearcats (-7) – Jan. 2 @ 3 p.m. ET
SEC – Nine Teams In Bowl Games – O/U Win Total: 7
The SEC has been the most dominant conference in all of college football for the last few years. This conference has the second most teams ranked in the Top-25 coming into the bowl season with five only trailing the Big Ten by one team. With even the bottom tier teams in the SEC having favorable matchups this year, the SEC will have the most bowl wins by any conference.
With that in mind, the seven-win total for the SEC seems high but each team can win their matchup. The over is listed at -110 odds and the under comes in at -130 odds. Take the over because if LSU wins the CFP, that extra win is what will help make the over the winning bet. SEC schools finished the regular season with an 8-6 record against Power 5 Conferences so bettors should feel even more comfortable taking the over.
Winner: Over (-110)
- Texas Bowl – Texas A&M Aggies (-7) vs. No. 25 Oklahoma State Cowboys – Dec. 27 @ 10:15 p.m. ET
- Peach Bowl (CFP) No. 1 LSU Tigers (-13) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners – Dec. 28 @ 4 p.m. ET
- Music City Bowl – Mississippi State Bulldogs (-4) vs. Louisville Cardinals – Dec. 30 @ 4 p.m. ET
- Orange Bowl - No. 9 Florida Gators (-15) vs. No. 24 Virginia Cavaliers – Dec. 30 @ 8 p.m. ET
- Belk Bowl – Kentucky Wildcats vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (-3) – Dec. 31 @ Noon ET
- Citrus Bowl -- No. 13 Alabama Crimson Tide (-7) vs. No. 14 Michigan Wolverines – Jan. 1 @ 1 p.m. ET
- Outback Bowl -- No. 12 Auburn Tigers (-7.5) vs. No. 18 Minnesota Golden Gophers – Jan. 1 @ 1 p.m. ET
- Sugar Bowl – No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (-6) vs. No. 7 Baylor Bears – Jan. 1 at 8:45 p.m. ET
- Gator Bowl – Tennessee Volunteers (-2) vs. Indiana Hoosiers – Jan. 2 @ 7 p.m. ET
Big Ten – Nine Teams In Bowl Games – O/U Win Total: 4.5
The Big Ten comes into the bowl season having the most teams ranked in the Top-25 with six. This conference was dominated by the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes all season long. The Buckeyes will have a tough first game in CFP against the defending champion Clemson Tigers which may keep the Big Ten from getting a much-needed win. However, this is a deep conference and the 4.5-win for the Big Ten total seems a little low for a conference loaded with this much talent.
The under is listed at -140 odds while the over is at +100. Take the over because the ranked teams in the Big Ten can carry the conference to a winning bowl record. The Big Ten had a 4-5 overall record against Power 5 schools this year, so expect some of these games to be close. If Ohio State beats Clemson that would be the biggest boost to ensuring the win total hits the over.
Winner: Over 4.5 (+100)
Cotton Bowl Classic – No. 10 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. No. 17 Memphis Tigers – Dec. 28 @ Noon ET
Pinstripe Bowl – Michigan State Spartans vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Dec. 27 @ 3:20 p.m. ET
Holiday Bowl – No. 16 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. No. 22 USC Trojans – Dec. 27 @ 8 p.m. ET
Fiesta Bowl (CFP) - No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 3 Clemson Tigers – Dec. 28 @ 8 p.m. ET
Redbox Bowl – Illinois Fighting Illini vs. California Golden Bears — Dec. 30 @ 4 p.m. ET
Citrus Bowl – No. 14 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 13 Alabama Crimson Tide – Jan. 1 @ 1 p.m. ET
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Outback Bowl – No. 18 Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. No. 12 Auburn Tigers – Jan. 1 @ 1 p.m. ET
Rose Bowl - No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers vs. No. 6 Oregon Ducks – Jan. 1 @ 5 p.m. ET
Gator Bowl -- Indiana Hoosiers vs. Tennessee Volunteers – Jan 2. @ 7 p.m. ET
Big 12 – Six Teams In Bowl Games – O/U Win Total: 1.5
The Big 12 is going through a bit of a rebuilding phase and their 1.5-win total is a direct reflection of that. The Oklahoma Sooners have simply dominated the conference for the past five years and will be representing the Big 12 in the College Football Playoff. A win is unlikely to come from any of the teams in the Big 12 this bowl season because each team is the underdog in their matchup.
However, the low 1.5-win total may happen to go over and the odds are listed at +110. The under is the heavy favorite at -150. The Big 12 will need to pull off two upsets for the over to hit and USAOnlineSportsbooks.com doesn’t see this happening outside of the Alamo Bowl. The Big 12 had a 6-4 record against Power 5 schools during the regular season and that may give them some hope going into a treacherous bowl schedule. Take the under and make a profit.
Winner: Under 1.5 (+110)
- Texas Bowl -- No. 25 Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas A&M Aggies (-7) – Dec. 27 @ 6:45 p.m. ET
- Camping World Bowl – Iowa State vs. No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-4) – Dec. 28 @ Noon ET
- Peach Bowl -- No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners vs. No. 1 LSU Tigers (-13) – Dec. 28 @ 4 p.m. ET
- Liberty Bowl – Kansas State Wildcats vs. Navy Midshipmen (-2.5) – Dec. 31 @ 3:45 ET
- Alamo Bowl – Texas Longhorns vs. No. 11 Utah Utes (-7) -- Dec. 31 @ 7:30 p.m.
- Sugar Bowl – No. 7 Baylor Bears vs. No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (-6) – Jan. 1 @ 8:45 p.m. ET
Pac-12 – Seven Teams In Bowl Games – O/U Win Total: 3.5
The Pac-12 Conference has been one of the more underrated conferences this season. They’ve got solid teams with talent but because of a grueling nine-game conference schedule, these teams beat each other up. The Pac-12 is the only Power 5 conference with no representation in the College Football Playoff. The teams in the Pac-12 did post a winning record (5-3) against other Power 5 conferences. However, with sportsbooks listing this conference’s win total at 3.5 it seems unlikely the conference can net the four wins needed to satisfy the over.
The over for this total is listed at various legal offshore sports betting sites at -160 and the under is seeing odds of +120. The Pac-12 does have some favorable matchups that can be exploited this bowl season, but a loss in the Alamo Bowl or the Holiday Bowl for the conference would certainly make the under the winning bet. Take the under as the heavyweights in the Pac-12 won’t win their bowl games to keep the conference from having a losing bowl record.
Winner: Under 3.5 (+120)
Las Vegas Bowl – Washington Huskies (-3.5) vs. No. 19 Boise State Broncos – Dec. 21 @ 7:30 p.m. ET
Holiday Bowl – No. 22 USC Trojans vs. No. 16 Iowa Hawkeyes (-2) – Dec. 27 @ 8 p.m. ET
Cheez-It Bowl – Washington State Cougars vs. Air Force Falcons (-3) – Dec. 27 @ 10:15 p.m. ET
Redbox Bowl -- California Golden Bears (-7) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini – Dec. 30 @ 4 p.m. ET
Sun Bowl – Arizona State Sun Devils (-4) vs. Florida State Seminoles – Dec. 31 @ 2 p.m. ET
Alamo Bowl – No. 11 Utah Utes (-7) vs. Texas Longhorns – Dec. 31 @ 7:30 p.m. ET
Rose Bowl – No. 6 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (-3) – Jan. 1 @ 5 p.m. ET
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