College Football Bowl Picks & Schedule

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Last Updated: 2017-12-15

The bowl season is a fabulously fun time of year. More football is never a bad thing and these bowl games give us a lot of great opportunities to make money. “Motivation” is the buzz word that you will hear above all else when it comes to these games. Some complain that there are too many bowl games, but the number seems to be just right given that we had some 5-7 teams in the postseason this year and had three teams with six wins left at home for bowl games this year.

As you can see, we’re going to have every game covered here at BangTheBook.com and will fill in this chart with updated game previews as they get written by our talented cast of writers. In these previews, you’re going to see lots of stats and trends that are going to help you bang the books in the bowl season. You’re also going to see those “intangible” factors, like motivation. Like how excited teams are to be playing in whatever city they are playing in. Like how teams will react to interim head coaches. We’ll bring you the total package in these write-ups and the Matchup section will be able to fill in even more of the gaps.

As you click around and see what we have to say about these games, here are a few general trends to keep in mind. Underdogs are 286-273-6 (51.2%) in bowl games dating back to the start of the 2005 calendar year, so these lines tend to be pretty tight, even with some of those factors that cannot really be quantified. The under is 275-274 in the last 549 bowl games.

Seems tight, right? Here are two trends, however, to keep in mind as you peruse the previews and make your bets. Teams receiving 40% or less of the bets are 199-152-3 ATS over the last 354 such instances. Look for the undervalued teams. Also, teams allowing 4.6 yards per play or less are 115-87 ATS in the last 202 games with one of those teams and those teams are 51-30 ATS as an underdog. That applies to Alabama, Washington, Wisconsin, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan, Northern Illinois, and Auburn this season.

Speaking of Northern Illinois, fading the MAC has been a good bet the last two years, as the conference is just 22-33-3 ATS. The Big 12 has also struggled in bowl games at 38-53 ATS over the conference’s last 91 bowl games.

Happy hunting and enjoy the games!

College Football Playoff
Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Rose Bowl
(3) Georgia vs. (2) Oklahoma
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
5:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Allstate Sugar Bowl
(4) Alabama vs. (1) Clemson
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
8:45pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
CFP National Championship
Semifinal Winner vs. Semifinal Winner
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, GA
8:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Bowl Schedule
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
AFR Celebration Bowl
North Carolina A&T vs. Grambling State
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, GA
Noon ET / ABC Matchup
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Troy vs. North Texas
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
1:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
AutoNation Cure Bowl
Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL
2:30pm ET / CBSSN Matchup
Las Vegas Bowl
(25) Boise State vs. Oregon
Sam Boyd Stadium
Las Vegas, NV
3:30pm ET / ABC Matchup
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State vs. Marshall
Dreamstyle Stadium
Albuquerque, NM
4:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State
Cramton Bowl
Montgomery, AL
8:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl
Florida Atlantic vs. Akron
FAU Stadium
Boca Raton, FL
7:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
DXL Frisco Bowl
SMU vs. Louisiana Tech
Toyota Stadium
Frisco, TX
8:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
FIU vs. Temple
Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, FL
8:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Friday, December 22, 2017
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Bahamas Bowl
Ohio vs. UAB
Thomas Robinson Stadium
Nassau, Bahamas
12:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Central Michigan vs. Wyoming
Albertson’s Stadium
Boise, ID
4:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Birmingham Bowl
Texas Tech vs. USF
Legion Field
Birmingham, AL
12:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Army vs. San Diego State
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, TX
3:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Dollar General Bowl
Appalachian State vs. Toledo
Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
7:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Hawai’i Bowl
Houston vs. Fresno State
Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
8:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
West Virginia vs. Utah
Cotton Bowl Stadium
Dallas, TX
1:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Quick Lane Bowl
NIU vs. Duke
Ford Field
Detroit, MI
5:15pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Cactus Bowl
Kansas State vs. UCLA
Chase Field
Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Walk On’s Independence Bowl
Southern Miss vs. Florida State
Independence Stadium
Shreveport, LA
1:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Iowa vs. Boston College
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
5:15pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Foster Farms Bowl
Purdue vs. Arizona
Levi’s Stadium
Santa Clara, CA
8:30pm ET / FOX Matchup
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
Texas vs. Missouri
NRG Stadium
Houston, TX
9:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Military Bowl
Virginia vs. Navy
Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium
Annapolis, MD
1:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Camping World Idependence Bowl
(19) Oklahoma State vs. (22) Virginia Tech
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL
5:15pm ET / ESPN Matchup
SDCCU Holiday Bowl
(16) Michigan State vs. (18) Washington State
Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
9:00pm ET / FS1 Matchup
Valero Alamo Bowl
(13) Stanford vs. (15) TCU
Alamodome
San Antonio, TX
9:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Friday, December 29, 2017
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Belk Bowl
Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest
Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
1:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Arizona State vs. (24) NC State
Sun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, TX
3:00pm ET / CBS Matchup
Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl
Kentucky vs. (21) Northwestern
Nissan Stadium
Nashville, TN
4:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Utah State vs. New Mexico State
Arizona Stadium
Tucson, AZ
5:30pm ET / CBSSN Matchup
Goodyear Cotton Bowl
(8) USC vs. (5) Ohio State
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, TX
8:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
TaxSlayer Bowl
(23) Mississippi State vs. Louisville
EverBank Field
Jacksonville, FL
12:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Iowa State vs. (20) Memphis
Liberty Bowl
Memphis, TN
12:30pm ET / ABC Matchup
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
(9) Penn State vs. (11) Washington
U. of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, AZ
4:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Capital One Orange Bowl
(10) Miami, FL vs. (6) Wisconsin
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
8:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Monday, January 1, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Outback Bowl
Michigan vs. South Carolina
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
12:00pm ET / ESPN2 Matchup
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
(7) Auburn vs. (12) UCF
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, GA
12:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
(17) LSU vs. (14) Notre Dame
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL
1:00pm ET / ABC Matchup
Rose Bowl Game
(3) Georgia vs. (2) Oklahoma
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
5:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Allstate Sugar Bowl
(4) Alabama vs. (1) Clemson
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
8:45pm ET / ESPN Matchup

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