College Bowl Game Odds In Ohio

College football is one of the most popular sports in Ohio. Bowl season is an especially busy time, as sports bettors have over 40 bowl game matchups to choose from. Multiple sportsbooks offer college bowl game odds in Ohio and bowl game lines, and the expanded legalization of mobile sports betting has more people interested in the excitement.

Some of the most popular bowl games to bet on include the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six bowls. These include the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl.

Current College Bowl Game Odds

The 2022-23 college football regular season is just days away, but it is never too early to look at odds for bowl games. While exact matchups are not known, bettors can bet on who they think will win the College Football Playoff next season in the futures market.

Alabama (+175)

Nick Saban has led the Crimson Tide to the College Football Playoff in seven of the last eight seasons. Alabama has won the National Championship three times in that span. With Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young returning to Tuscaloosa this season, it is no surprise that the Tide are the current favorites to win the College Football Playoff in 2023.

Ohio State (+300)

The Buckeyes won the Rose Bowl last season behind a historic performance from QB C.J. Stroud. Stroud 573 yards and six touchdowns, en route to a 48-45 Ohio State win over Utah. But after losing to Michigan for the first time since 2011, the Buckeyes enter this season highly motivated and with a chip on their shoulder. The defense will look to improve under new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles.

Georgia (+400)

Last season was a historic one for the Bulldogs as QB Stetson Bennett led Georgia to its first national title since 1980. Georgia’s defense was the best in the nation, and they will be looking to become the first team to repeat as champions since Alabama in 2011-2012 despite losing many talented players to the NFL Draft.

Clemson (+1000)

The Clemson Tigers had a bit of a down year last season by their standards, as they finished the regular season with a 10-3 record. Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei went through some growing pains early on, but found his footing a bit later in the season. With a year of experience under his belt, the Tigers are sure to be a dangerous team this fall with Uiagalelei at the helm of the offense. If he falters however, former 5-star recruit Cade Klubnik is waiting in the wings. The last time a former 5-star QB recruit replaced an incumbent starter, Clemson won the national title.

Sportsbooks With The Best College Bowl Odds

Sports betting is now legal in over two dozen states. Some states only offer retail betting, while others offer both retail and mobile sports betting. When it comes to college football bowl odds, most notable sportsbooks have odds available on their platforms. These include DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers, BetMGM, PointsBet, and Caesars Sportsbook.

DraftKings Sportsbook OhioBest Overall App
BetMGM OhioBest For Big Bets
Caesars Sportsbook OhioBest For Loyalty Program
FanDuel Sportsbook OhioBest For Ease of Betting
BetRivers Sportsbook OhioBest For New Bettors

Overall, there are many sports betting platforms for bettors to consider using when betting on college football bowl games. We recommend downloading multiple platforms in order to see which ones you like best. Each sportsbook has a different app, and some users have specific features they prefer over others.

In addition, college football bowl game lines, and NCAA football lines, in general, can vary across sportsbooks. When looking at bowl game odds, it’s important to shop around for the best number. For example, consider a game in which LSU is playing against Alabama and the Tigers are +145 on the moneyline on DraftKings. This means that a $100 wager would win $145 if LSU wins the game. Well, FanDuel could offer the same exact bet, only at a better price. FanDuel could list LSU at +155 on the moneyline, meaning a $100 bet would win $155 if the Tigers are victorious. 

In addition to moneyline price differences, point spreads can vary across sportsbooks as well. LSU could be +6.5 against Alabama on DraftKings, but +7 on FanDuel. Sometimes that half a point can be huge.

Overall, when choosing a sportsbook to bet on college football bowl games, make sure the platform has competitive odds, and don’t forget to look at multiple sportsbooks for the best price. With the expanding popularity of sports betting, some sportsbooks have announced official partnerships with universities. For example, the University of Maryland and the University of Colorado both have agreements with PointsBet, while LSU has a partnership with Caesars and UNLV has a partnership with DraftKings.

NCAA College Football Schedule

Bowl season arrives after the college football regular season and conference championship games have been played. Last season, there were 44 total bowl games, including the College Football Playoff and the national championship games. The games took place from Friday, Dec. 17 to Monday, Jan. 10. The official schedule for the 2022-23 bowl season currently lists 43 games.

Most Popular College Bowl Games For Betting

While there are over 40 college bowl games to bet on, the most popular games for betting are typically the bigger games. These include the New Year’s Six games (Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl) and the College Football Playoff semifinal and championship games. Every notable sportsbook carries bowl lines for these games, so bettors have plenty of options on which to use. Common bet types include bets on the moneyline, spread, and total. Other popular bet types include player props and game props.

College Football Playoffs

Starting in 2014, college football ditched the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and began using the College Football Playoff format to determine a national champion. Under this format, the CFP Committee selects the top four teams in the country to play in the College Football Playoff. Two semifinal games are played, and the winners of those two games then face off in the title game. Alabama has been the most successful team under this format, as the Tide have made the CFP in seven of its eight seasons and won three national titles in that span.

Entering the 2022-23 season, Alabama is the odds-on favorite to win the national title at +175 on DraftKings. These odds are subject to change throughout the season, as oddsmakers take into account injuries, team performance, and matchup trends. Be sure to keep an eye on the national title futures market as the season moves along.

How To Bet On College Bowl Games In Ohio

Sports betting is not yet legal in Ohio. However, the industry got a major boost last year when lawmakers approved House Bill 29. It passed via a 31-1 vote in the state Senate and then by a 72-12 vote in the state House. Last December, Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill into law, thus paving the way for the regulatory process to begin. According to the bill, the industry must launch by Jan. 1, 2023. 

Ohio bettors can still view bowl game point spreads, but they will not able to place actual wagers until Jan. 1, 2023. That means Ohioans will only be able to bet on five of the 43 bowl games while in-state. The good news is that four of Ohio’s five surrounding states have legalized mobile sports betting. Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia all allow mobile sports betting. This means that Ohio residents can drive to one of these states in order to bet on college football bowl games right now from their mobile devices until the industry is available on Jan. 1. 

What Affects College Football Predictions And Odds

For the most part, NCAAF betting odds are made days in advance of the game taking place. This is especially true during bowl season, as oddsmakers have an extended period of time between games. Professional oddsmakers use a number of different algorithms and formulas to determine college football bowl game odds.

While exact bowl game matchups are not yet set, the national championship futures market is available on most notable sportsbooks. These odds fluctuate as the season goes on based on each team’s performance. The futures odds will continue to shift once the season begins. The odds for each individual game are also subject to change based on a variety of different factors including injuries, weather, transfers, and other news.

NCAA Football Game Odds

In NCAAF betting, one team is typically favored over the other by a certain number of points. Moneyline odds are shorter for favorites and longer for underdogs. In terms of the spread, favored teams are denoted with a minus sign (-), while underdogs are listed with a plus sign (+). For example, consider a game in which Ohio State is playing against Michigan State and Ohio State is listed as 7.5-point favorites. On mobile sportsbooks, the Buckeyes would be listed at -7.5 at -110 odds. This means that a $110 wager would win $100 if the Buckeyes cover the spread and win by 8 points or more. Conversely, Michigan State would be listed at +7.5.

Other college football odds include game totals, team totals, player props, and game props. There are also futures markets for the national championship winner, conference winner, and Heisman Trophy winner.

Restrictions On College Betting Online

While most states and sportsbooks have wide-ranging betting markets for college football bowl games, there are some restrictions. For example, some states like New Jersey and Illinois do not allow betting on in-state college teams. This means bettors in Illinois cannot bet on a game involving the Illinois Fighting Illini, and bettors in New Jersey cannot bet on a game involving the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Some states also have certain restrictions when it comes to college football props bets or college bowl live betting. It remains to be seen whether or not betting on college teams in Ohio will be allowed.

College Bowl Game Odds FAQs

Is it legal to bet on college bowl games online?

Yes, but not yet in Ohio. Mobile sportsbooks are available in over a dozen states across the country. Unfortunately, the industry is not yet legal in Ohio, but will launch Jan. 1, 2023. In the meantime, Ohio residents can make the trip to four neighboring states (Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia) to place mobile wagers.

Do sportsbooks offer live or in-game betting for college bowl games?

Yes! Live or in-game betting is available for all college football bowl games, including the College Football Playoff. There can be some differences in live betting odds, so be sure to shop around at various sportsbooks.

Does DraftKings offer college bowl odds?

Yes. DraftKings is one of many mobile sportsbooks that offers odds on all college football bowl games.

When is the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship game?

The 2023 College Football Playoff Championship game will take place on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. 

Who sets college bowl lines?

Professional oddsmakers use a number of different algorithms and formulas to determine college football bowl game odds. Odds and lines are based on matchups, trends, injuries, coaches, transfers, weather, and other factors. These lines are subject to change, so be sure to keep an eye on each game’s odds as the game approaches.

About the Author

Connor Grootenhuis

Connor Grootenhuis is a sportswriter covering all things gambling and sports betting. Based in the Bayou State of Louisiana, he is a lifelong sports fan and a believer that every loss is a bad bet and every win is easy money.