It is truly the most wonderful time of the year, and not because Christmas is coming — it’s college football bowl season! Betting lines are posted on oddsboards around the betting market, so let the handicapping begin.
Starting on Friday, December 17, with the Bahamas Bowl, college football bettors will be treated to 34 bowl games leading up to the College Football Playoff, New Year’s Day slate, and of course, the CFP National Championship game.
While bowl season is a ton of fun for fans to watch and for bettors to (hopefully) hit a few winners, these games are challenging to handicap. How do you pick a winner between a 6-6 Conference-USA team and a 7-5 MAC team (i.e., the Bahamas Bowl) when there is no history between the two teams and no common opponents?
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If these were easy questions to answer, then the organizers of these bowl games failed. Bowl games are not scheduled with the intent of creating easy, predictable matchups. Opponents are scheduled with the intent of creating competitive, intriguing contests that will generate interest amongst fans and bettors around the country.
When they succeed, it is harder to decide how you want to bet on each game — but don’t worry, we are here to help. As games get closer to kickoff, we will be posting betting previews analyzing the odds and matchups.