College Bowls are the culmination of the college football season as teams try to punctuate their seasons with one final win before heading into the off-season. Normally, teams with at least six wins are bowl-eligible.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the shortened season for most conferences, these restrictions were lifted in 2020, but will return for the 2021-22 season.
The Indiana Hoosiers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Purdue Boilermakers, and Ball State Cardinals all call Indiana home. Each had a shot to make Bowl appearances last year. Indiana and Notre Dame had real shots at making the College Football Playoff but only the Fighting Irish made the cut.
The College Football National Championship game is the most-anticipated game of the season. The winners of the two semi-final games compete in the National Championship.
The game is scheduled to take place on Friday, Jan. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
In 2021, the Alabama Crimson Tide won the National Championship and is currently the top-ranked team heading into this season.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish made the College Football Playoff thanks to their win over the Clemson Tigers earlier in the season. The team faced Alabama in the Rose Bowl but lost 31-14.
Alabama went on to face the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2021 CFP Championship.
The Indiana Hoosiers surprised a lot of pundits last season and stayed inside the top 10 for most of the year. Sadly, they didn’t make a New Year’s Six Bowl, to the surprise of many college football fans. Instead they faced 4-5 Ole Miss in the Outback Bowl and lost 26-20.
The Ball State Cardinals finished 6-1 and earned an invite to the Arizona Bowl last season. They faced off against the undefeated #22 ranked San Jose State Spartans (7-0), beating them 34-13.
The top college football teams compete in the biggest bowl games. The New Year’s Six Bowl Games are scheduled for either New Year’s Day or close to it. Two of these bowls will host the College Football Playoff Semi-Final Games.
In 2020, the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl served as semi-final games.
The semi-final bowl games are selected by the NCAA selection committee. Outside of those two bowls, the selection of the games is based on conference affiliations. For example, when not hosting a playoff semi-final game, the Rose Bowl is always a Big Ten team against a Pac-12 team. A combination of teams, conferences, and the bowl organizers themselves decide which teams go to which bowl.
The College Football Playoff Semi-Finals determine the two teams who will compete for the National Championship. The NCAA Playoff Committee ranks the top-four teams in the nation based on a myriad of factors including record, strength of schedule, common opponents, head-to-head, best wins, worst loss, eye test, analytics, etc.
Once the committee finishes crunching the numbers, the #1 seed faces the #4 seed and the #2 seed faces the #3 seed.
See our full NCAA Football odds feed for game lines on upcoming bowl games of 2021-22. Use the top-left drop-down menu and select “NCAAF.”
There are not many restrictions on betting in the state of Indiana. The main two that apply for college football bowl games are:
It’s not ideal that these restrictions are in play, however, there are still plenty of ways to bet on the Bowls. Here’s how to bet on college football bowl games in Indiana:
College Football Bowl matchups get confirmed throughout the end of the regular season and as the Conference championships play out. After the NCAA Playoff Committee releases its final rankings, Bowl organizers, conferences, and teams then decide which teams go to which bowl and who their opponents will be.
Once the opponents and matchups are known, the betting lines are released shortly thereafter. Lines move quickly and swiftly for bowl games once information such as opt-outs, coaching changes, and injuries are known. Be sure to follow the odds feed above to keep up to date.
The most popular games are the New Year’s Six Bowl Games. The following make up the New Year’s Six:
Two of these games are the College Football Playoff semi-final games. The semi-final games rotate throughout the six bowls every year. The other four non-playoff games feature highly anticipated matchups between highly ranked teams.
In addition to the New Year’s Six Bowls, there are 37-43 other bowl games. Unfortunately, quite a few of these games were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but many will still be played. And you can expect a full, traditional Bowl season in 2021-22.
A college football bowl game has the same standard bets as every college football game. The three most common bets are:
Prop bets are not allowed for college sports in Indiana.
Live betting is taking the sports betting industry by storm. Sometimes before a game, we just aren’t sure which way a game is going to go. Which team will be able to establish the pace? With live betting, you can watch a few plays and then adjust your handicap based on what you’ve seen.
In Indiana, live-betting is only available at a natural stoppage. This means that lines will only be posted during commercial breaks, at the end of the quarter, or during halftime. It might not be as fast-moving as other states, but even with these limitations, there’s plenty of options and opportunities to make money.
Live betting is a great way to get involved in college football bowl games. Keep in mind that for most of these games, it’s simply an exhibition game. Outside of the playoff games, these teams aren’t playing for a championship. Therefore, it’s human nature that some teams might slack off and be underprepared. Other teams might have something to prove and are using the national stage to send a message. One team might want to play in this bowl game while the other team is embarrassed to be where they are. These factors become obvious early in bowl games, so react accordingly.
Live betting odds are similar to pre-game odds. The only difference is that they are adjusted based on what has already happened in the game. If the pre-game favorite is losing, they might now be smaller favorites than they were originally or they might have flipped to live-underdogs. You can bet live moneylines, spreads, and totals.
Live betting also offers you the opportunity to hedge your bets. If you bet on a team to cover as 10-point underdogs pregame and they are playing well and winning the game, the other team might now be a 10-point underdog. If you bet both sides as 10-point underdogs, that’s a good position to be in. You can’t lose both bets, and there’s a very good chance you can win both bets.
Stay in touch with the live odds through a bowl game to ensure you don’t miss out on a money-making opportunity.
Finding college football bowl game odds is simple. Simply scroll to the college football section of your sportsbook. Common abbreviations include ‘CFB’ and ‘NCAAF.’
On December 20, the NCAA and its teams as well as bowl sponsors will start to confirm scheduled bowl games and match-ups. Once the matchups are set and confirmed, the oddsmakers will post lines in the college football section of your app.
Remember, odds move quickly for bowl games based on things like coaching changes, injuries, and players electing to sit out to prepare for the NFL. The odds you see on December 20 may be much different than the odds posted on the day of the game.