College Football Bowl Picks & Schedule

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Last Updated: 2018-12-14

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas. No, not Hanukkah. No, not all the GD snow and wind and cold. It’s bowl season!

Bowl games are a unique handicap for a variety of different reasons. How many other times do we see lines posted for 3-4 weeks before the games are actually played? We also get a lot of news in the lead-up to the games, as coaches come and go, players declare for the NFL Draft and hire agents, and guys are ruled ineligible from mischievous activity or grades.

These are also interesting because you have teams going outside of the conference for the first time in a couple of months. We’ve been rating these teams against their division and conference peers and now we have to compare them to other conferences. That makes for a very intriguing handicap to say the least.

Before you scroll through and check out the bowl game previews from our outstanding cast of writers – Admir Aljic, Jonathan Willis, David Laferriere, Kyle Hunter, BigTenWatto, and yours truly – here are some stats to keep in mind this bowl season. Or, at the very least, impress your friends at the bar.

Over the last five years, underdogs in bowl season are 120-111 ATS. It isn’t a big percentage by any means, but it may speak to the motivation angles that will be discussed in the bowls. The over is 117-113 over the last five years.

As far as some conference-specific numbers, the Pac-12 is 22-29 ATS over the last five years, but just 2-13 ATS over the last 15 bowl games. The Big 12 is just 18-25 ATS, with the MAC at 14-21 and the AAC at 14-18. The SEC is doing well at 39-27 ATS. Conference USA is 21-16 and the Big Ten is 29-24.

Teams with 8+ wins the previous year are 131-110 ATS and when you put those teams in an underdog role, they are 61-43 and are cashing at a 58.7 percent clip.

Fading the public has been a sound bowl strategy in the last five years. Teams receiving 40 percent or less of the bets are 70-44 ATS over the last five years. That’s a strong 61.4 percent ATS clip.  If you stick with the teams that won 8+ games the previous season and they are getting 40 percent or less of the bets, that is a 68.4 percent clip at 39-18.

Just some food for thought as you peruse our bowl game previews and predictions.

Good luck and enjoy the games!

College Football Playoff
Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
CFP National Championship
TBD
Levi’s Stadium
Santa Clara, California
8:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
(3) Notre Dame vs. (2) Clemson
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, TX
4:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Capital One Orange Bowl
(4) Oklahoma vs. (1) Alabama
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami, FL
8:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Bowl Schedule
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
AFR Celebration Bowl
North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, GA
Noon ET / ABC Matchup
Autonation Cure Bowl
Tulane vs. Louisiana
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL
1:00pm ET / CBSSN Matchup
New Mexico Bowl
Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky
Dreamstyle Stadium
Albuquerque, NM
2:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
(21) Fresno State vs. Arizona State
Sam Boyd Stadium
Las Vegas, NV
3:30pm ET / ABC Matchup
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan
Cramton Bowl
Montgomery, AL
5:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
9:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl
UAB vs. Northern Illinois
FAU Stadium
Boca Raton, FL
7:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
DXL Frisco Bowl
San Diego State vs. Ohio
Toyota Stadium
Frisco, TX
8:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
Marshall vs. South Florida
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
8:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Friday, December 21, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Bahamas Bowl
FIU vs. Toledo
Thomas Robinson Stadium
Nassau, Bahamas
12:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Western Michigan vs. BYU
Albertson’s Stadium
Boise, ID
4:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Jared Birmingham Bowl
Memphis vs. Wake Forest
Legion Field
Birmingham, AL
12:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Houston vs. Army
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, TX
3:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Dollar General Bowl
Buffalo vs. Troy
Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
7:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Sofi Hawaii Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii
Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
10:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Servpro First Responder Bowl
Boston College vs. (25) Boise State
Cotton Bowl Stadium
Dallas, TX
1:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Quick Lane Bowl
Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech
Ford Field
Detroit, MI
5:15pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Cheez-It Bowl
California vs. TCU
Chase Field
Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Walk On’s Independence Bowl
Temple vs. Duke
Independence Stadium
Shreveport, LA
1:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Miami (FL) vs. Wisconsin
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
5:15pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
Baylor vs. Vanderbilt
NRG Stadium
Houston, TX
9:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Friday, December 28, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl
Purdue vs. Auburn
Nissan Stadium
Nashville, TN
1:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Camping World Bowl
(16) West Virginia vs. (20) Syracuse
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL
5:15pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Valero Alamo Bowl
(24) Iowa State vs. (13) Washington State
Alamodome
San Antonio, TX
9:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
(10) Florida vs. (7) Michigan
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, GA
12:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Belk Bowl
South Carolina vs. Virginia
Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
12:00pm ET / ABC Matchup
Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Arkansas State vs. Nevada
Arizona Stadium
Tucson, AZ
1:15pm ET / CBSSN Matchup
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
(3) Notre Dame vs. (2) Clemson
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, TX
4:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Capital One Orange Bowl
(4) Oklahoma vs. (1) Alabama
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami, FL
8:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Monday, December 31, 2018
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Military Bowl
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech
Navy-Marine Corps Stadium
Annapolis, MD
12:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Stanford vs. Pitt
Sun Bowl
El Paso, TX
2:00pm ET / CBS Matchup
Redbox Bowl
Michigan State vs. Oregon
Levi’s Stadium
Santa Clara, CA
3:00pm ET / FOX Matchup
Autozone Liberty Bowl
(23) Missouri vs. Oklahoma State
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, TN
3:45pm ET / ESPN Matchup
SDCCU Holiday Bowl
(22) Northwestern vs. (17) Utah
SDCCU Stadium
San Diego, CA
7:00pm ET / FS1 Matchup
Taxslayer Gator Bowl
NC State vs. (19) Texas A&M
TIAA Bank Field
Jacksonville, FL
7:30pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Bowl Location Time / TV Matchup
Outback Bowl
(18) Mississippi State vs. Iowa
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
12:00pm ET / ESPN2 Matchup
Playstation Fiesta Bowl
(11) LSU vs. (8) UCF
State Farm Stadium
Glendale, AZ
1:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
VRBO Citrus Bowl
(14) Kentucky vs. (12) Penn State
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL
1:00pm ET / ABC Matchup
Rose Bowl Game
(9) Washington vs. (6) Ohio State
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
5:00pm ET / ESPN Matchup
Allstate Sugar Bowl
(15) Texas vs. (5) Georgia
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
8:45pm ET / ESPN Matchup

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(201) NORTH TEXAS @ (202) UTAH ST | 2:00 pm 12/15/2018

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(209) MIDDLE TENN ST @ (210) APPALACHIAN ST | 9:00 pm 12/15/2018

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