Many across the United States are rubbing their hands together in anticipation of Christmas vacations, but it’s the nation’s gamblers who really can’t wait for the middle of this month to arrive. That’s because it will signal the start of the NCAA Bowl Season and non-stop sports betting action throughout. Most consider the next 4 weeks the greatest time of the year thanks to both college bowl games and final stretch of the NFL season. Merry Christmas!
It all begins this Saturday, December 15th with six Small Bowls sure to delight and entertain, especially since few people have watched these teams so far this year and no one truly knows what’s going to happen. Try to remember when putting money down that non-CFP Bowls are always full of surprises with no “sure things”.
To be perfectly clear, this guide has the “best odds” depending on which side you’re backing. This is because it’s sometimes possible to find different numbers, allowing sharps to “line shop” at honest online sportsbooks to jump on larger payouts if they match the desired action.
Unfortunately, the Small Bowls coming up this Saturday haven’t generated a large variation of opinion amongst bookmakers so there aren’t many “value bets” floating around. However, some advantage plays to get down on have been identified and top options are highlighted below.
Best Odds for 2018 Non-CFP Bowl Games
The first game to kick off at 12:00pm comes courtesy of Football Championship Subdivision with the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, and Alcorn State facing off against North Carolina A&T State. Don’t bother shopping because every book currently has Aggies 7½ over the Braves. “Strike 1” for value wagers.
Then non-CFP Bowls swing into action with the AutoNation Cure Bowl at 1:30pm and UL Lafayette squaring off against Tulane, and sadly everyone unanimously agrees again, with Ragin’ Cajuns at 3½. However, top betting site Bovada is giving a little more than others with a +145 moneyline on Lafayette and a total of 59. It looks like habitually-timid Head Bookmaker Pat Morrow is getting a little adventurous for this year’s Bowl Season.
Next at 2:00pm the New Mexico Bowl features the Utah State Aggies (yes, they have the same nickname as North Carolina A&T) favored by 9 against North Texas Mean Green. Again the line is unanimous but a little extra value is at award-winning BetOnline Sportsbook for those staking underdog Mean Green, as their ML is +290 rather than +275.
At 3:30pm the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl kicks off in what experts feel will be a pretty tight matchup between the Arizona State Sun Devils (+4) and Fresno State Bulldogs. Again, Bovada and Morrow step up with a slightly juicier spread of Sun Devils 4½, as well as a moneyline of +165 instead of +160.
In an even tighter tilt (according to prognosticators), the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl has everyone agreeing on a 1 point spread for the “Battle of Eagles” with Georgia Southern having a slight edge over Eastern Michigan. The total has been set at 47.5 at most places so don’t waste time searching for better.
The final game of the day kicks off at 9pm with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (+7) facing off against Appalachian State Mountaineers. Every site agrees on the spread yet again, however, a more-appealing dog line is at “BOL” with +230 instead of +225.
To check out these odds and a whole lot more, visit BetOnline Sportsbook today and sign up for an account to get ready for Bowl Season. There’s no need to fund it now, but have it available just in case.
How to Watch Non-CFP Bowl Games in the United States
If you’re getting down on Non-CFP Bowl games you might as well watch them too to scream at the television as you’re “enjoying” the day. So here’s the full slate this Saturday, December 15, 2018 and how to watch: check local listings for details.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
North Carolina A&T Aggies (9-2) vs. Alcorn State Braves (9-3)
12:00pm on ABC
AutoNation Cure Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (7-6) vs. Tulane Green Wave (6-6)
1:30pm on CBSSN
New Mexico Bowl
Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Utah State Aggies (10-2) vs. North Texas Mean Green (9-3)
2:00pm on ESPN
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5) vs. Fresno State Bulldogs (11-2)
3:30pm on ABC
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-5) vs. Georgia Southern Eagles (9-3)
5:30pm on ESPN
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisana
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8-5) vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers (10-2)
9:00pm on ESPN
***All times in EST***