Taking advantage of some stellar college football bowl betting opportunities should be a top New Year’s resolution, especially for New Jersey sports betting customers.

Legal online sportsbooks in the Garden State have a lot of tantalizing lines on New Year’s Day college bowl games, including:

  • Citrus Bowl
  • Outback Bowl
  • Rose Bowl
  • Sugar Bowl
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NJ Sportsbooks college bowl betting lines

Sports betting apps in New Jersey predict close finishes in all four contests. With the lines set, the key to betting wisely is information. There are a few important matters that bettors should take note of.

Betting on the Citrus Bowl

One of the games slated for 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 1 features a Big Ten-SEC tumble. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Michigan Wolverines clash in the 2020 Citrus Bowl.

Bama is the favorite in this one as far as legal sports betting in New Jersey goes.

Bama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won’t play in this game but the Crimson Tide have history on their side. Alabama is 6-1 straight up and against the spread in its last seven games against a Big Ten opponent.

To strengthen the case for the Tide, Michigan is a miserable 0-16 SU and 7-9 ATS over its previous 16 contests in which the opposition was favored.

Mac Jones has filled in admirably for Tagovailoa, throwing for over 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns against just three interceptions.

Betting on the Outback Bowl

The other 1 p.m. ET contest is also a Big Ten vs. SEC match, and it involves another team from the Heart of Dixie. The Auburn Tigers face the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the 2020 Outback Bowl.

The script stays consistent, as once again the SEC team is favored.

While Minnesota’s defense struggled in its final three regular-season games, its reputation shows in the point total. In five of the last six games involving the Golden Gophers, the over was hit.

The Tigers, meanwhile, are 11-1 SU and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games as favorites. While there may be some continuity concern with head coach Gus Malzahn calling the plays on offense himself, the over for this game looks like a can’t miss.

Betting on the Rose Bowl

For Big Ten fans, New Year’s Day 2020 is a treat. A third team from that conference, Wisconsin, faces Oregon out of the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. ET.

This game represents the first of those three instances in which the Big Ten team is favored, however. That spread is smaller than its predecessors, as Garden State books predict a close one.

The Rose Bowl points to the opposite conclusion. The Badgers and Ducks both finished the season with top-1o defenses and boast one of the best defensive lines (Oregon) and secondaries (Wisconsin) in the nation.

Both teams went 7-6 on the Under during the regular season. While that’s not a strong record, coupled with the personnel it’s probably the safest bet out of this game.

Betting on the Sugar Bowl

The SEC gets a third appearance in the 8:45 p.m. ET nightcap. The Sugar Bowl pits Baylor against Georgia this year.

The Big 12 team is the underdog in its lone New Year’s Day slot. Again, New Jersey sportsbooks call for a tight contest.

Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer‘s recovery from the concussion he suffered in the Big 12 title game is the biggest storyline for the Sugar Bowl. If Brewer can’t go, inexperienced Gerry Bohannon will see his second consecutive big-game start for the Bears.

No matter who starts for Baylor, Georgia’s chances will depend on their own quarterback’s performance. Jake Fromm has a great opportunity to not only end his junior campaign on a high note but perhaps improve his NFL Draft stock in this one as well.

Regardless of the outcomes of all four of these games, New Jersey college football betting fans should see some college football betting wins. Those who do will see their 2020 start off with a bang.

Derek Helling


Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Kansas City, Mo. In addition to gaming news, he covers esports, sports business and sports law. When he isn’t working, he spends his time collecting basketball cards and helping his wife Audrey serve their two Munchkin cat overlords.