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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Upcoming Games

Aug 27th, 12:00 PM

Austin Peay

WKU

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Aug 27th, 12:30 PM

Nebraska -10.5 -107

Northwestern +10.5 -107

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Aug 27th, 3:30 PM

Idaho State

UNLV

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Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Nevada -16.5 -110

New Mexico State +16.5 -110

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Aug 27th, 4:00 PM

Wyoming +8.5 -110

Illinois -8.5 -110

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Aug 27th, 4:00 PM

UCONN +29.5 -110

Utah State (24) -29.5 -110

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Aug 27th, 5:00 PM

Duquesne

Florida State

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Aug 27th, 7:00 PM

Charlotte +5.5 -110

Florida Atlantic -5.5 -110

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Aug 27th, 8:15 PM

Florida A&M

North Carolina

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Aug 27th, 9:00 PM

North Texas -4 -110

UTEP +4 -110

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Aug 27th, 10:30 PM

Vanderbilt -4.5 -110

Hawaii +4.5 -110

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Sep 1st, 6:00 PM

St. Francis-PA

Akron

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Sep 1st, 7:00 PM

Ball State +27.5 -110

Tennessee -27.5 -110

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Sep 1st, 7:00 PM

Central Michigan +19 -110

Oklahoma State (7) -19 -110

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Sep 1st, 7:00 PM

West Virginia +7.5 -107

Pittsburgh (13) -7.5 -107

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Sep 1st, 7:00 PM

South Carolina State

UCF

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Sep 1st, 7:00 PM

Bryant

Florida International (FIU)

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Sep 1st, 7:00 PM

LIU

Toledo

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Sep 1st, 7:30 PM

VMI

Wake Forest (15)

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Sep 1st, 8:00 PM

LA Tech +16 -107

Missouri -16 -107

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Sep 1st, 8:00 PM

Penn State -3.5 -107

Purdue +3.5 -107

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Sep 1st, 8:00 PM

Eastern Illinois

NIU

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Sep 1st, 8:00 PM

Alabama A&M

UAB

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Sep 1st, 9:00 PM

New Mexico State +37.5 -107

Minnesota -37.5 -107

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Sep 1st, 10:00 PM

Northern Arizona

Arizona State

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Sep 1st, 10:30 PM

Cal Poly

Fresno State

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Sep 1st, 10:30 PM

Portland State

San Jose State

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Sep 2nd, 7:00 PM

Virginia Tech -7.5 -107

Old Dominion +7.5 -107

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Sep 2nd, 7:00 PM

Western Michigan +20 -107

Michigan State (9) -20 -107

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Sep 2nd, 7:00 PM

Eastern Kentucky

Eastern Michigan

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Sep 2nd, 7:00 PM

William & Mary

Charlotte

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Sep 2nd, 7:30 PM

Temple +6.5 -110

Duke -6.5 -110

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Sep 2nd, 8:00 PM

Tennessee Tech

Kansas

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Sep 2nd, 8:00 PM

Illinois +3.5 +103

Indiana -3.5 +103

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Sep 2nd, 10:00 PM

TCU -9 -107

Colorado +9 -107

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Sep 3rd, 12:00 PM

Sam Houston State

Texas A&M

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Sep 3rd, 12:00 PM

Rutgers +9 -110

Boston College -9 -110

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Sep 3rd, 12:00 PM

NC State (20) -10 -110

East Carolina +10 -110

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Sep 3rd, 12:00 PM

North Carolina -4 -110

Appalachian State +4 -110

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Sep 3rd, 12:00 PM

South Dakota State

Iowa (23)

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Sep 3rd, 12:00 PM

Buffalo +20.5 -110

Maryland -20.5 -110

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Sep 3rd, 12:00 PM

Colorado State +30 -110

Michigan (3) -30 -110

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Sep 3rd, 12:00 PM

Central Connecticut State

UCONN

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Sep 3rd, 12:00 PM

Delaware

Navy

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Sep 3rd, 12:30 PM

Richmond

Virginia

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Sep 3rd, 2:00 PM

Southeast Missouri State

Iowa State

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Sep 3rd, 2:30 PM

Bowling Green +3 -110

UCLA -3 -110

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Sep 3rd, 3:30 PM

Cincinnati (4) +7.5 -107

Arkansas (21) -7.5 -107

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Sep 3rd, 3:30 PM

Oregon (22) +16.5 -107

Georgia (1) -16.5 -107

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Sep 3rd, 3:30 PM

Arizona +10 -110

San Diego State (25) -10 -110

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Sep 3rd, 3:30 PM

UTEP +39 -110

Oklahoma (10) -39 -110

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Sep 3rd, 3:30 PM

Bethune-Cookman

Miami-FL

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Sep 3rd, 3:30 PM

North Dakota

Nebraska

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Sep 3rd, 3:30 PM

Houston (17) -6.5 -110

UTSA +6.5 -110

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Sep 3rd, 3:30 PM

Tulsa -1 -110

Wyoming +1 -110

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Sep 3rd, 3:30 PM

Norfolk State

Marshall

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Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Northern Iowa

Air Force

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Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Maine

New Mexico

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Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

WKU -7 -105

Hawaii +7 -105

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Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Texas State +11 -110

Nevada -11 -110

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Sep 3rd, 4:00 PM

Troy +21.5 -110

Ole Miss (11) -21.5 -110

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Sep 3rd, 4:00 PM

UC Davis

California

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Sep 3rd, 4:00 PM

BYU (19) -13 -110

USF +13 -110

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Sep 3rd, 5:00 PM

Nicholls State

South Alabama

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Sep 3rd, 6:00 PM

Rice +33.5 -110

USC -33.5 -110

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Sep 3rd, 6:00 PM

Middle Tennessee +4.5 -110

James Madison -4.5 -110

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Sep 3rd, 6:00 PM

Morgan State

Georgia Southern

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Sep 3rd, 6:00 PM

Florida Atlantic -1 -110

Ohio +1 -110

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Mercer

Auburn

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Utah (12) -1.5 -107

Florida +1.5 -107

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Miami-OH +20 -110

Kentucky (18) -20 -110

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Elon

Vanderbilt

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

South Dakota

Kansas State

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Albany-NY

Baylor (5)

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Illinois State

Wisconsin

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Massachusetts +31.5 -110

Tulane -31.5 -110

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Army +3 -110

Coastal Carolina -3 -110

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Liberty -4 -110

Southern Miss +4 -110

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Grambling State

Arkansas State

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Sep 3rd, 7:00 PM

Southeastern Louisiana

Louisiana-Lafayette (16)

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Sep 3rd, 7:30 PM

Utah State (24) +34.5 -106

Alabama (2) -34.5 -106

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Sep 3rd, 7:30 PM

Memphis +12.5 -110

Mississippi State -12.5 -110

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Sep 3rd, 7:30 PM

Georgia State +11 -110

South Carolina -11 -110

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Sep 3rd, 7:30 PM

Notre Dame (8) +13.5 -107

Ohio State (6) -13.5 -107

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Sep 3rd, 7:30 PM

SMU -7.5 -110

North Texas +7.5 -110

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Sep 3rd, 8:00 PM

Colgate

Stanford

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Sep 3rd, 8:00 PM

Louisiana-Monroe +37 -110

Texas -37 -110

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Sep 3rd, 8:00 PM

Murray State

Texas Tech

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Sep 3rd, 8:00 PM

Louisville -4 -110

Syracuse +4 -110

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Sep 3rd, 9:30 PM

Idaho

Washington State

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Sep 3rd, 10:30 PM

Boise State +4 -110

Oregon State -4 -110

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Sep 3rd, 10:30 PM

Kent State +21.5 -110

Washington -21.5 -110

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