2021 College Football Playoff and Bowl Game Betting Lines

Between the bowl games and the College Football Playoff semifinals, the end of December and the beginning of January deliver an overload of college football betting opportunities that cap off the season in a spectacular way.

Odds for the 2020-21 CFP, the New Year’s Six Bowls, and every other postseason game are covered in our playoff and bowl games preview.  We'll also provide a list of the best legal betting sites that are taking wagers on the CFP and bowl games.

The 2020-21 bowl season kicks off on December 19th and ends with the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 11th. This page is designed to prepare you to place an informed bet on the CFP bracket or any of the bowl games occurring this winter, including odds on who will win the college football National Championship

*COVID-19 Update: All major college football conferences outside of the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, AAC, C-USA, and Sun Belt have decided to cancel their 2020-21 football seasons. They are considering playing their games in the spring of 2021 but they will not be a part of the 2020-21 CFP or bowl season. Furthermore, many bowl games have yet to decide if they will host a contest this year, but some have firm dates on the calendar. We will provide updates as they are announced. 

Is Betting On The College Football Playoff Legal?

Yes. There are no US Federal gambling laws prohibiting Americans from betting on the college football playoffs at offshore sportsbooks or domestic state-regulated online sportsbooks. Connecticut and Washington are the only two states that prohibit online betting at the state level, but we've yet to hear of any arrests made in those states for that crime. Gambling laws are aimed at taking down the operators and not the bettors. 

Also, many of the betting sites we recommend accept members from Connecticut and Washington. We advise refraining from placing a wager on the CFP or any bowl games until you've become familiar with regional laws and the terms of membership at your sportsbook of choice. For further information visit our Legal US Football Betting Guide.

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2021 NCAA Post Season Odds

Below you will find the current odds for the 2020-21 NCAAF postseason. As the bowl games matchups are announced we will update this page and the odds to help assist in your betting endeavors.

How Does The NCAA CFP Work?

Toward the last few weeks of the regular college football season, the CFP Selection Committee will meet at scheduled intervals to determine their top 25 rankings. After the conference championship games have been completed in mid-December, the selection committee will announce the top four teams that will compete for the CFP National Title. The first seed will play the fourth, and the second seed will play the third, with the winner of each game advancing to face off in the finals for the championship.

The New Year's Six Bowls (Orange, Sugar, Rose, Peach, Fiesta, Cotton) serve as the rotating hosts for the semifinals and final game for each year's CFP. All other postseason college football bowl matchups are determined by each individual bowl game committee. Most bowl games feature attachments to certain conferences. For instance, the Citrus Bowl typically features a matchup between a Big Ten and an SEC school.

The larger bowl games that involve higher-ranked teams extend invitations to teams first with the lower bowls following afterward once they know what colleges are available to them. Teams have the right to decline a bowl offer and opt for another game. Postseason college football bowl games have no effect on the national championship picture unless they are a part of the CFP semifinals or title game.

What are the New Year’s Six Bowls?

When the four-team College Football Playoff was introduced in 2014, six historic bowl games—Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl, and Sugar Bowl—were put in a class of their own and given the name the “New Year’s Six” (NY6).

Two bowls host the playoff semifinals with the rotation on a three-year cycle between Rose/Sugar, Orange/Cotton, and Fiesta/Peach pairings. The four remaining bowls on an off-year include some of the highest-ranked matchups of the entire college football season.

Betting Preview & Picks For NY6 Bowls

The NY6 games are the most bet on bowl games for a reason. Each marquee matchup features two teams that are among the highest-ranked by the selection committee. In addition to our playoff predictions, here are our best bets for each of the NY6 bowl matchups.

Cotton Bowl: (6) Oklahoma vs. (7) Florida

  • Spread: Florida -3
  • (preview coming soon)

Orange Bowl: (5) Texas A&M vs. (13) North Carolina

  • Spread: Texas A&M -7
  • (preview coming soon)

Peach Bowl: (8) Cincinnati vs. (9) Georgia

  • Spread: Georgia -7
  • (preview coming soon)

Fiesta Bowl: (25) Oregon vs. (10) Iowa State

  • Spread: Iowa State -4.5
  • (preview coming soon)

CFP Semifinal Rose Bowl: (1) Alabama vs. (4) Notre Dame

  • Spread: Alabama -20
  • (preview coming soon)

CFP Semifinal Sugar Bowl: (2) Clemson vs. (3) Ohio State

  • Spread: Clemson -7.5
  • (preview coming soon)

2020-21 College Football Playoff Schedule and Point Spread

College Football Playoff Semi Final

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Rose Bowl Game
Friday, January 1, 2021
(1) Alabama vs. (4) Notre Dame
Spread: Alabama -20
Time: 5pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: Rose Bowl,
Pasadena, CA
2019 Result:
ORE  28 - WISC 27

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Allstate Sugar Bowl
Friday, January 1, 2021
(2) Clemson vs. (3) Ohio State
Spread: Clemson -7.5
Time: 8:45pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome,
New Orleans, LA
2019 Result:
UGA  26 - BAY 14

College Football Playoff National Championship

Miami 2021 - College Football Playoff
Monday, January 11, 2021
Teams TBD
Spread: TBD
Time: 8 pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Where: Hard Rock Stadium - Miami Gardens, FL
2019 Result:
LSU 42 - Clemson 25

 

2020-21 New Year’s Six Bowl Schedule and Point Spread

Good Year Cotton Bowl

Cotton Bowl Game
Wednesday, December 30, 2021
(6) Oklahoma vs. (7) Florida
Spread: Florida -3
Time: 8pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
2019 Result:
MEM  39 - PSU 53


Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl:
Friday, January 1, 2021
(8) Cincinnati vs. (9) Georgia
Spread: Georgia -7
Time: 12:30 pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: Mercedes Benz Stadium - Atlanta, GA
2019 Result:
LSU  63 - OKLA 28


PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Saturday, January 2, 2021
(25) Oregon vs. (10) Iowa State
Spread: Iowa State -4.5
Time: 4pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
2019 Result:
OSU  23 - CLEM 29

Orange Bowl Game
Saturday, January 2, 2021
(5) Texas A&M vs. (13) North Carolina
Spread: Texas A&M -7
Time: 8pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: Hard Rock Stadium,
Miami Gardens, FL
2019 Result:
FLA  36 - UVA 28

College Bowl Games - 2020/21 Season

Potato Bowl
Tulane vs. Nevada
December 22, 2020
Spread: Tulane -1.5
Time: TBD
Watch: ESPN
Where: Albertsons Stadium,
Boise, ID
2019 Result:
OHIO  30 - NEV 21

Boca Raton Bowl
UCF vs. BYU
December 22, 2020
Spread: BYU -6
Time: 7pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: FAU Stadium,
Boca Raton, FL
2019 Result:
FAU  52 - SMU 28

New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern
December 23, 2020
Spread: Georgia S -5.5
Time: 3:30
Watch: ESPN
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome,
New Orleans, LA
2019 Result:
APP  31 - UAB 17

New Mexico Bowl
Houston vs. Hawaii
December, 24, 2020
Spread: Houston -13
Time: 3:30
Watch: ESPN
Where: Dreamstyle Stadium,
Albuquerque, NM
2019 Result:
SDSU  48 - CMU 11

Camellia Bowl
Buffalo vs. Marshall
December 25, 2020
Spread: Buffalo -3.5
Time: 2:30
Watch: ESPN
Where: Cramton Bowl,
Montgomery, AL
2019 Result:
ARST  34 - FIU 26

Cure Bowl
Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty
Dec. 26, 2020
Spread: Coastal Carolina -7
Time: TBD
Watch: ESPN
Where: Exploria Stadium - Orlando, FL
2019 Result:
LIB  23 - GASO 16

Gasparilla Bowl
S. Carolina vs. UAB
December 26, 2020
Spread: UAB -6.5
Time: 12pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: Raymond James Stadium,
Tampa Bay, FL
2019 Result:
UCF 48 - MRSH 25

First Responder Bowl
Louisiana vs. UTSA
December 26, 2020
Spread:
TBD
Time: 3:30pm
Watch: ABC
Where: Gerald Ford Stadium,
Dallas, TX
2019 Result:
WKY  23 - WMU 20

LendingTree Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
December 26, 2020
Spread:
Georgia State -3.5
Time: 3:30
Watch: ESPN
Where: Ladd-Pebbles Stadium,
Mobile, AL
2019 Result:
ULL  27 - M-OH 17

Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Colorado
December 29, 2020

Spread: Texas -11
Time: 9pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: Alamodome Stadium,
San Antonio, TX
2019 Result:
TEX  38 - UTAH 10

Cheez-it World Bowl
Miami (FL) vs. Oklahoma State
December 29, 2020
Spread:
Okla. State -2.5
Time: 5:30
Watch: ESPN
Where: Phoenix, AZ.
2019 Result:
ND  33 - ISU 9

Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Missouri 
December 30, 2020
Spread:
Iowa -15
Time: 4 pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: Nissan Stadium,
Nashville, TN
2019 Result:
LOU  38 - MSST 28

Duke's Mayo Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
December 30, 2020

Spread: Wisconsin -6.5
Time: 12pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: Bank of America Stadium,
Charlotte, NC
2019 Result:
UK  37 - VT 30

Texas Bowl
TCU vs. Arkansas
December 31, 2020
Spread: TCU -5.5
Time: 8pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: NRG Stadium,
Houston, TX
2019 Result:
TA&M  24 - OKST 21

Liberty Bowl
West Virginia vs. Army
December 31, 2020
Spread: TBD
Time: 4pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium,
Memphis, TN
2019 Result:
NAVY  20 - KSU 17

Arizona Bowl
Ball State vs.  San Jose State
December 31, 2020
Spread:
S.J. State -7.5
Time: 2pm
Watch: CBS
Where: Arizona Stadium,
Tucson, AZ
2019 Result:
WYO  38 - GAST 17

Armed Forces Bowl
Mississippi State vs. Tulsa
December 31, 2020
Spread:
TBD
Time: 12pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: Amon G Carter Stadium,
Fort Worth, TX
2019 Result:
TUL  30 - USM 13

Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs.  Northwestern
January 1, 2020
Spread: Northwestern -3.5
Time: 1 pm ET
Watch: ABC
Where: Camping World Stadium,
Orlando, FL
2019 Result:
ALA  35 - MICH 16

Outback Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Indiana
January 2, 2021
Spread: Indiana -6.5
Time: 12:30 pm ET
Watch: ABC
Where: Raymond James Stadium,
Tampa, FL
2019 Result:
MINN  31 - AUB 24

Gator Bowl
Kentucky vs. NC State
January 2, 2021
Spread: TBD
Time: 12pm
Watch: ESPN
Where: TIAA Bank Field,
Jacksonville, FL
2019 Result:
TENN  23 - IND 22

Bahamas Bowl
Canceled
TBD
Spread:
TBD
Over/Under: TBD
Time: TBD
Watch: ESPN
Where: Thomas Robinson Stadium,
Nassau, Bahamas
2019 Result:
BUFF  31 - CHAR 9

Hawaii Bowl
Canceled
TBA

Spread: TBA
Time: TBA
Watch: ESPN
Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
2019 Result:
HAW  38 - BYU 34

Redbox Bowl
Canceled
TBD
Spread: TBD
Time: TBD
Watch: FOX/FS1
Where: Levi's Stadium - Santa Clara, CA
2019 Result:
CAL  35 - ILL  2O

Sun Bowl
Canceled
TBA
Spread: TBD
Over/Under: TBD
Time: 2 pm ET
Watch: CBS
Where: Sun Bowl,
El Paso, TX
2019 Result:
ASU  20 - FSU 14

Frisco Bowl
Canceled
TBA

Spread: TBD
Over/Under: TBD
Time: TBD
Watch: ESPN
Where: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
2019 Result:
KENT  51 - USU 41

Pinstripe Bowl
Canceled
TBA
Spread: TBA
Time: TBA
Watch: ESPN
Where: Yankee Stadium,
Bronx, NY
2019 Result:
MSU  27 - WAKE  21

Birmingham Bowl
Canceled
TBD
Spread: TBD
Over/Under: TBD
Time: TBD
Watch: ESPN
Where: Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
2019 Result:
CIN  38 - BC  6

Independence Bowl
Canceled
TBA
Spread: TBA
Time: TBA
Watch: ESPN
Where: Independence Stadium,
Shreveport, LA
2019 Result:
LT  14 - MIA 0

Holiday Bowl
Canceled
TBA
Spread:
TBA
Time: TBA
Watch: FS1
Where: SDCCU Stadium,
San Diego, CA
2019 Result:
IOWA  49 - USC 24

Vegas Bowl
Canceled
TBA

Spread: TBD
Over/Under: TBD
Time: TBD
Watch: ESPN
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium,
Las Vegas, NV
2019 Result:
WASH  38 - BSU 7

Quick Lane Bowl
Canceled
TBA
Spread: TBA
Time: TBA
Watch: ESPN
Where: Ford Field,
Detroit, MI
2019 Result:
PITT  34 - EMU 30

Military Bowl
Canceled
TBA
Spread: TBA
Time: TBA
Watch: ESPN
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Stadium,
Annapolis, MD
2019 Result:
UNC  55 - TEMP  13

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