Christmas is in the rearview mirror now which means that the NCAA college football season is about to hit it’s stride with a barrage of Bowl Games. Sure everyone goes crazy for the Big Bowls but there’s still lots of great action and betting opportunities with the Small Bowls and the solid teams that are featured. And with 40 games in total on the schedule you’d better believe that there’s lots of action to get down on before the CFP National Championship on January 7, 2019. So if you can’t bet them all, here is our list of the Top 5 NCAAF Small Bowls this year, as well as which online sportsbooks have the best odds for each.
First up is the Miami Hurricanes VS. the Wisconsin Badgers in the “New Era Pinstripe Bowl“, which is a battle between two teams who underachieved this year and ended up with identical 7-5 records. Most places currently have Miami -3 but you can get them at -2½ at the GTBets Sportsbook, who happily accepts players from across America. If you want to gamble on the Hurricanes to cover, you might as well take the free half point from them.
On Saturday things heat up with the “Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl” starting at 1:30pm Eastern time with the Purdue Boilermakers facing off against the Auburn Tigers. Again the bookies mostly agree with the spread, this time Auburn -3, but if you want to bet on Purdue you should do it at the Bovada Sportsbook since they’re giving out an extra half point at +3½. However, GTBets again makes themselves an attractive destination with a money line payout of +150 instead of the +140 you’ll find at most other places.
Number 3 on our Top 5 Small Bowls is the “Camping World Bowl” between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Syracuse Orange, with both teams having only 3 losses on the year. This game is confusing the professional book makers and you can find a bunch of different numbers out there. The smallest line you will see is -1 at the BetOnline Casino so that’s where anyone betting on Syracuse should place it. However, if you’re on the Mountaineers, MyBookie will gift you one full point with a +2 spread for the Orangemen, which is a very big advantage for the betting public.
Next we have the “Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl” featuring the #10 Florida Gators against the #7 Michigan Wolverines in a classic battle of top teams. Every online sportsbook has the line at either -6 or -6.5 for Michigan so if you want to bet on the Gators, go to Bovada and enjoy the free half point that they’re giving you.
The last one on our list of Top 5 NCAAF Small Bowls is the “Redbox Bowl” between the Michigan State Spartans and the Oregon Ducks. Every website has the money line for Michigan State at +115 and the spread at +2½, however, Bovada is once again dishing out a free half point with Spartans +3. If you want to back the Underdog it’s obvious where you want to go.
Here’s the full schedule of our Top 5 NCAAF Small Bowls for 2018. Enjoy!
- December 27, 2018: 6:15pm EST Miami @ Wisconsin on ESPN.
- December 28, 2018: 1:30pm EST Purdue @ Auburn on ESPN.
- December 28, 2018: 5:15pm EST West Virginia @ Syracuse on ESPN.
- December 29: 2018: 12:00pm EST Florida @ Michigan on ESPN.
- December 31: 2018: 3pm EST Michigan State @ Oregon on FOX.
***All odds correct as of December 27, 2018***