Dec 19, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA;  Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) throws against Florida in the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

College Football Bowl opening lines

Bowl season has begun in college football, giving bettors plenty of action during the holiday season.

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The most important bowl game matchups, the college football playoffs, have been decided and none of the teams in the final four is a surprise. In the Rose Bowl (which will be played in Texas for the first time ever), the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The opening line in the Rose Bowl had Alabama listed as a strong 19.5-point favorite. The last meeting between Notre Dame and Alabama took place in 2013 in the BCS Championship game, and the Crimson Tide won 42-14 as a 10-point favorite.

In the Sugar Bowl the Ohio State Buckeyes will face the Clemson Tigers. The Tigers opened as a 7.5-point favorite. Clemson is 3-0 straight up and against the spread against Ohio State They last met up in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl, which Clemson won 29-23 as a 2.5-point favorite.

In the earlier bowl games starting this week, Monday night the Appalachian State Mountaineers face the North Texas Mean Green in the Myrtle Beach Bowl. Appalachian State opened as a 20-point favorite. When listed as a 20-point favorite or larger the Mountaineers are 24-0 SU and 8-15-1 ATS.

Opening odds for a few other bowl games on this week’s schedule include Tulane vs. Nevada (+3) in the Idaho Potato Bowl, UCF vs BYU (-3.5) in the Boca Raton Bowl, Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern (-4.5) in the New Orleans Bowl, and Memphis vs Florida Atlantic (+10), in the Montgomery Bowl.

Three other bowl games opened with double digit odds. In the Alamo Bowl the Texas Longhorns opened as 11.5-point favorites versus the Colorado Buffaloes. Texas has won five straight against Colorado at 4-1 ATS.

In the Music City Bowl the Iowa Hawkeyes opened as 13.5-point favorite versus the Missouri Tigers. Iowa has won and covered their last three bowl games.

In the First Responder Bowl the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns opened as a 12.5-point favorite versus the UTSA Roadrunners. The Cajuns are 0-3 ATS in their last three bowl games.

Looking ahead to some of the bigger bowls games in 2021, in the Fiesta Bowl the Iowa State Cyclones opened as 4-point favorites versus the Oregon Ducks. Oregon has won their last three games as the underdog.

Finally, in the Orange Bowl, the Texas A&M Aggies opened as a 6-point favorite versus the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Aggies head into Bowl season on a seven-game winning streak with a 5-2 record ATS.

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Aug 28th, 1:00 PM

Nebraska -7 -110

Illinois +7 -110

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Aug 28th, 2:00 PM

UCONN +27.5 -110

Fresno State -27.5 -110

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Aug 28th, 3:30 PM

Hawaii +17 -110

UCLA -17 -110

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Aug 28th, 9:30 PM

UTEP -7.5 -110

New Mexico State +7.5 -110

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Aug 28th, 10:00 PM

Southern Utah

San Jose State (24)

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Sep 1st, 7:30 PM

UAB

Jacksonville State

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Sep 2nd, 6:30 PM

Temple +13.5 -110

Rutgers -13.5 -110

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Sep 2nd, 7:00 PM

LIU

Florida International (FIU)

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Sep 2nd, 7:00 PM

Western Illinois

Ball State (23)

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Sep 2nd, 7:00 PM

The Citadel

Coastal Carolina (14)

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Sep 2nd, 7:00 PM

Wagner

Buffalo (25)

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Sep 2nd, 7:00 PM

Boise State +4 -110

UCF -4 -110

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Sep 2nd, 7:30 PM

Weber State

Utah

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Sep 2nd, 7:30 PM

USF +17.5 -110

NC State -17.5 -110

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Sep 2nd, 7:30 PM

UC Davis

Tulsa

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Sep 2nd, 7:30 PM

East Carolina +12 -110

Appalachian State -12 -110

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Sep 2nd, 8:00 PM

Ohio State (2) -13.5 -110

Minnesota +13.5 -110

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Sep 2nd, 8:00 PM

Houston Baptist

New Mexico

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Sep 2nd, 8:00 PM

Bowling Green +33 -110

Tennessee -33 -110

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Sep 2nd, 8:00 PM

Tennessee-Martin

WKU

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Sep 2nd, 10:00 PM

Eastern Washington

UNLV

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Sep 2nd, 10:30 PM

Southern Utah

Arizona State

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Sep 3rd, 6:00 PM

North Carolina (18) -5.5 -110

Virginia Tech +5.5 -110

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

St. Francis-PA

Eastern Michigan

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Old Dominion +32.5 -110

Wake Forest -32.5 -110

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Duke -7 -110

Charlotte +7 -110

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Sep 3rd, 8:00 PM

South Dakota

Kansas

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Sep 3rd, 9:00 PM

Northern Colorado

Colorado

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Sep 3rd, 9:00 PM

Michigan State +4 -110

Northwestern (10) -4 -110

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Sep 3rd, 9:00 PM

South Dakota State

Colorado State

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Sep 4th, 12:00 PM

Colgate

Boston College

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Sep 4th, 12:00 PM

Louisiana-Monroe +29.5 -110

Kentucky -29.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 12:00 PM

Army +3 -105

Georgia State -3 -105

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Sep 4th, 12:00 PM

Stanford -1.5 -110

Kansas State +1.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 12:00 PM

Holy Cross

UCONN

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Sep 4th, 12:00 PM

Oklahoma (6) -24.5 -110

Tulane +24.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 12:00 PM

Western Michigan +17.5 -110

Michigan -17.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 12:00 PM

Penn State +4.5 -110

Wisconsin -4.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 12:00 PM

Fordham

Nebraska

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Sep 4th, 2:00 PM

Fresno State +22 -110

Oregon -22 -110

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Sep 4th, 2:00 PM

Rice +20 -110

Arkansas -20 -110

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Sep 4th, 2:00 PM

Lafayette

Air Force

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Sep 4th, 3:30 PM

Alabama (1) -18 -110

Miami-FL (22) +18 -110

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Sep 4th, 3:30 PM

Miami-OH +23 -110

Cincinnati (8) -23 -110

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Sep 4th, 3:30 PM

Marshall -2.5 -110

Navy +2.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 3:30 PM

Indiana (12) +4.5 -110

Iowa (16) -4.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 3:30 PM

West Virginia -3.5 -110

Maryland +3.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 4:00 PM

Central Michigan +13 -110

Missouri -13 -110

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Sep 4th, 4:00 PM

LA Tech +26.5 -110

Mississippi State -26.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 4:00 PM

Massachusetts +37.5 -110

Pittsburgh -37.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 4:00 PM

Montana State

Wyoming

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Sep 4th, 4:30 PM

Northern Iowa

Iowa State (9)

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Sep 4th, 4:30 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette (15) +9.5 -110

Texas (19) -9.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 5:00 PM

San Jose State (24) +16 -110

USC (21) -16 -110

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Sep 4th, 6:00 PM

Campbell

Liberty (17)

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Sep 4th, 6:00 PM

Gardner-Webb

Georgia Southern

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Eastern Illinois

South Carolina

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Akron +36.5 -110

Auburn -36.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Southern University

Troy

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Missouri State

Oklahoma State (20)

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Monmouth-New Jersey

Middle Tennessee

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Baylor -13.5 -110

Texas State +13.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Syracuse -1 -110

Ohio +1 -110

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Central Arkansas

Arkansas State

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Norfolk State

Toledo

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Texas Tech -2.5 -110

Houston +2.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Nicholls State

Memphis

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Abilene Christian

SMU

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Sep 4th, 7:00 PM

Oregon State +7 -110

Purdue -7 -110

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Sep 4th, 7:30 PM

Georgia (7) +3.5 -110

Clemson (3) -3.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 7:30 PM

Florida Atlantic +25 -110

Florida (13) -25 -110

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Sep 4th, 7:30 PM

NIU +17.5 -110

Georgia Tech -17.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 7:30 PM

Northwestern State

North Texas

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Sep 4th, 7:30 PM

William & Mary

Virginia

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Sep 4th, 7:30 PM

UTSA +6.5 -110

Illinois -6.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 8:00 PM

Montana

Washington

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Sep 4th, 8:00 PM

East Tennessee State

Vanderbilt

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Sep 4th, 8:00 PM

Kent State +30 -110

Texas A&M (4) -30 -110

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Sep 4th, 8:00 PM

Southern Miss -1.5 -110

South Alabama +1.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 8:00 PM

Duquesne

TCU

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Sep 4th, 8:30 PM

LSU -4.5 -110

UCLA +4.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 9:00 PM

Bethune-Cookman

UTEP

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Sep 4th, 10:30 PM

Nevada +3.5 -110

California -3.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 10:30 PM

BYU (11) -11.5 -110

Arizona +11.5 -110

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Sep 4th, 10:30 PM

New Mexico State +30 -110

San Diego State -30 -110

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Sep 4th, 11:00 PM

Utah State +16.5 -110

Washington State -16.5 -110

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