The goal of every team heading into the college football season is to make the playoffs and hopefully end up as the National Champion. Since only 4 teams can actually get that opportunity, at least until things change in 2024, the secondary prize is to land a big bowl game. They don’t come much bigger than the New Year’s Six bowl games, which, of course, includes the playoff semi-finals. Let’s take a quick look at all 6 of those games to get an idea of what we have to look forward to so you can make your bets on the College Football Bowl Odds.
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Orange Bowl – Clemson Vs Tennessee – December 30 at 8 PM EST
While both of these teams had very good seasons, both are probably more than a little disappointed not to have made the playoffs. Still, this has all the makings of an absolute shootout and should be a fun one to watch. It is Clemson who are in as a 6 ½ point favorite, with the point total set at 64.
Sugar Bowl – Kansas State Wildcats Vs Alabama Crimson Tide – December 31 at Noon EST
It’s more than a little surprising to have seen Alabama lose twice this season, and even more surprising to see them out of the playoffs. They will have a tough one here, as Kansas State are sure to still be riding high after knocking off TCU in OT to win the Big 12 Championship. They would love to end the season with another big scalp, but they are in as a 4-point underdog. The O/U is set at 54 ½.
Cotton Bowl – USC Trojans Vs Tulane Green Wave – January 2 at 1 PM EST
You can’t come much closer to a playoff berth than USC did this season in their first year under head coach Lincoln Riley. They would have been in were it not for a blowout loss to Utah in the PAC-12 Championship Game. That loss is sure to still be stinging once this game rolls around, which could be bad news for Tulane. USC is a modest 2-point favorite, with the total set at 61 ½.
Rose Bowl – Utah Utes Vs Penn State Nittany Lions – January 2 at 5 PM EST
The Utah Utes is another team sure to be riding on a high after winning the PAC-12 Championship, although there is always the danger of a bit of a letdown after reaching such lofty heights. The Nittany Lions had themselves a 10-win season and will be looking to close things out with another win. Utah is a 3-point favorite, with the total set at 52.
Fiesta Bowl – TCU Horned Frogs Vs Michigan Wolverines – December 31 at 4 PM EST
The first of the playoff semifinals is a bit of a surprise, as I don’t think too many people outside of Texas had the TCU Horned Frogs going to the playoffs. They are definitely there on merit, but they have a tough one against Michigan, who are in the playoffs for the second straight season. No real surprise to see the Wolverines in as a 7 ½ point favorite here, with the O/U set at 59.
Georgia Bulldogs Vs Ohio State Buckeyes – December 31 at 8 PM EST
The road to a repeat for the Georgia Bulldogs begins with a matchup that a lot of fans pegged as a potential National Championship matchup at the start of the season. The Ohio State Buckeyes somewhat backed into the playoffs, but they are going to be a tough test for the defending champions. Georgia is currently a 6 ½ point favorite, with the O/U set at 61 ½.