Sports Betting Guide: How To Bet College Football Bowl Game Parlays

Posted on December 20, 2018 - Last Updated on January 4, 2019

College football bowl betting season has heated up this week with daily games through Sunday. Most of the next week and a half may not feature the marquee matchups that the Cotton Bowl Classic and Orange Bowl will see.

However, the schedule is chock full of bowl game action and presents the perfect opportunity to bet small with the chance to win big playing college bowl game parlays.

As a note, there is a short Christmas break; however, multiple bowl games are set for every day after that, from Dec. 26 through Dec. 29.

In fact, Dec. 29 is the day two College Football Playoff Semifinal games will play out. These games will ultimately determine who plays in the College Football Playoff National Championship game, at Levi’s Stadium, in Santa Clara, Calif., on Jan. 7.

The first is the Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas. There, the undefeated No. 2 ranked Clemson Tigers will take on the undefeated No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish with a spot in the championship game at stake.

The second semifinal game is the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami Gardens, Fla. It will see the undefeated No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide take on the 12-1 No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners.

Betting college bowl game parlays

I already gave you a general guide to betting on college bowl games. Parlays simply involve combining more than one bet on a single card. It’s easy to do. Just put more than one of the basic bets available on bowl games together on the same card and its a parlay.

Because you have to hit all the bets to win, parlays offer exponentially larger odds than individual bets. That means big payouts, even on small sized wagers.

The basic bowl game bets available at most sportsbooks include:

  • Moneylines
  • Point spreads
  • Over/unders

Moneyline bets are about picking straight up winners. Moneyline bets pay according to each team’s probability of winning.

Point spread bets ask you to pick winners with a points line set by oddsmakers factored in. These lines are based on things like historical performance, injuries and other factors. It’s up to you to decide if you like the favorite minus the points or the underdog plus the points.

Finally, over/unders ask you to pick whether the total amount of points scored in the game will be over or under a number put together by odds-makers.

Put together any combination of one or more of these bets, on any of this season’s bowl games, and you’ve got yourself a parlay.

Putting together a parlay

In New Jersey, sports betting apps like DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook will list moneyline favorites.

Put an Ohio moneyline bet on a card with the over on the Dec. 20 Gasparilla Bowl between the 7-5 South Florida Bulls and 8-4 Marshall Thundering Herd, which most sportsbooks will have at around 55 points, and you’re betting a parlay.

It really is that easy.

However, you can complicate things if you’re after a big payday. Increase the bet, or increase the number of bets in your parlay, and the ticket will pay big if it all comes in.

Where to bet bowl game parlays in NJ

You have to make the bets in one place, on the same card and at the same time. However, this kind of parlay betting on bowl games is available most legal sportsbooks and the following online and mobile NJ sports betting apps as well:

Just shop around for competitive lines, pick a few winners and lock them in on the same parlay card wherever you choose.

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The college bowl game schedule

As of today, here’s a look at the schedule of bowl games you can bet on as part of a parlay over the next two weeks:

Week 1

  • Dec. 20: Gasparilla Bowl South Florida Bulls (7–5) versus Marshall Thundering Herd (8–4)
  • Dec. 21: Bahamas Bowl FIU Panthers (8–4) versus Toledo Rockets (7–5)
    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan Broncos (7–5) versus BYU Cougars (6–6)
  • Dec. 22: Birmingham Bowl Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6–6) versus Memphis Tigers (8–5)
    Armed Forces Bowl Army Black Knights (10–2) versus Houston Cougars (8–4)
    Dollar General Bowl Buffalo Bulls (10–3) versus Troy Trojans (9–3)
    Hawaii Bowl Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (7–5) versus Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (8–5)

Week 2

  • Dec. 26: First Responder Bowl Boston College Eagles (7–5) versus No. 25 Boise State Broncos (10–3)
    Quick Lane Bowl Minnesota Golden Gophers (6–6) versus Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7–5)
    Cheez-It Bowl TCU Horned Frogs (6–6) versus California Golden Bears (7–5)
  • Dec. 27: Independence Bowl Temple Owls (8–4) versus Duke Blue Devils (7–5)
    Pinstripe Bowl Wisconsin Badgers (7–5) versus Miami Hurricanes (7–5)
    Texas Bowl Baylor Bears (6–6) versus Vanderbilt Commodores (6–6)
  • Dec. 28: Music City Bowl Auburn Tigers (7–5) versus Purdue Boilermakers (6–6)
    Camping World Bowl No. 20 Syracuse Orange (9–3) versus No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineers (8–3)
    Alamo Bowl No. 24 Iowa State Cyclones (8–4) versus No. 13 Washington State Cougars (10–2)
  • Dec. 29: Belk Bowl South Carolina Gamecocks (7–5) versus Virginia Cavaliers (7–5)
    Arizona Bowl Nevada Wolf Pack (7–5) versus Arkansas State Red Wolves (8–4)
    Peach Bowl No. 10 Florida Gators (9–3) versus No. 7 Michigan Wolverines (10–2)
    Cotton Bowl Classic (Playoff Semifinal) No. 2 Clemson Tigers (13–0) versus No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12–0)
    Orange Bowl (Playoff Semifinal) No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (13–0) versus No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners (12–1)

Keep it locked on PlayUSA.com for more information on how to bet on college football bowl games as the season continues.

Next week, we’ll look at how you can bet on the NCAA National Championship game Jan. 7 and some of the big New Year’s Day bowl games leading up to it.

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