Alamo Bowl

Alamo Bowl Odds

The Valero Alamo Bowl is one of the top NCAA college football games each season. The Valero Alamo Bowl is the 30th edition of the game and will be played on Thursday, December 28, at 9:15 PM EST, for the third straight year. It’s played annually at the 65,0000-seat Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. 

Betting odds for the Alamo Bowl are not yet available, since the teams have not been announced. 

Let's Get Into Alamo Bowl Odds

Alamo Bowl odds of last year’s matchup between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oregon Ducks will be used as an example of how to wager on the game.

The 2021 Valero Alamo Bowl was between Oklahoma and Oregon, with the moneyline listing the Sooners as -280 favorites. The Ducks were listed as underdogs at +230. This means that for a bettor to win $100 on their wager, they would have to risk $280 if picking Oklahoma to win. At the same time, a $100 bet on Oregon would pay $230 if the Ducks won in an upset.

Oklahoma was the 7.5-point favorite on the NCAAF spread. Wagering on the Sooners to win the game by eight or more points would’ve given bettors the same payoff on the spread as a wager on Oregon to win the game or lose by seven points or less. Spread betting odds are typically listed as -110 on both sides for football wagering.

The over/under total on last year’s Alamo Bowl was 64 points, which meant the combined total score between both teams would need to be higher than 64 for a wager on the over to win. A total score of 63 points or fewer would be needed for the under to win. If the final score totaled exactly 64 points, the bet would be considered a push, meaning all wagers on the over/under would have been refunded to bettors.

The game resulted in a 47-32 win for the Oklahoma Sooners. All wagers on the Sooners resulted winners, and bets on the Ducks resulted in a loss. Also, the total final score of 79 points would have meant a bet on a total of more than 64 points was the winning wager on the over/under.

Alamo Bowl Betting Trends & Tips

By looking at the trends in the Alamo Bowl, bettors will see that most trends are great tools and sources of knowledge that can be used for college football betting. 

There are several college football betting trends to take into account when wagering on Valero Alamo Bowl Odds:

  • The Colorado Buffaloes have appeared in three Alamo Bowls, losing all three to hold the record for most losses in the event. 
  • Texas has the most appearances in the Alamo Bowl with five and also holds the record with four wins. 
  • The Nebraska Cornhuskers have the most wins without a loss in the history of the Alamo Bowl. They’re currently 3-0 in the history of the event. 
  • Colorado is the only team to appear in the Alamo Bowl as both a member of the Pac-12 and Big-12 conferences.

Betting History Of The Alamo Bowl

The Alamo Bowl has featured teams from the Pac-12 and Big-12 conferences since 2010 and is played yearly at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The event started in 1993 by giving an automatic bid to the Southwest Conference, which is now defunct. The matchup has been played annually since 1993 and features the second-place team from the Pac-12 against the third-place finisher in the Big-12 Conference. Originally known as the Builder’s Square Alamo Bowl in its first installment, it’s been sponsored by Valero Energy Corporation since 2007.

However, only two college football teams from the conference had the required six wins, making them bowl-eligible. Those two teams were already scheduled to play other bowl games, so the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big 10 were invited to replace them.

Inaugural Win

The California Golden Bears won the inaugural Alamo Bowl with a win against Iowa 37-3. It was the first win for the Pac-12, which has appeared 14 times and holds a 5-9 record. The Big 12 has 26 appearances in the game and also has the most wins with a 15-11 record. The conference has also won the previous three events and has 11 wins since 2008.

The Alamo Bowl has regularly attracted some of the largest crowds in any bowl game, bringing in more than 60,000 fans each year to see the biggest NCAA football stars in the country.

The 2011 game between the Baylor Bears, with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III, and the Washington Huskies resulted in the Bears taking a 67-56 win to set a record for the highest-scoring bowl game in the history of NCAA football.

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Alamo Bowl Scores (Playoffs)

The Valero Alamo Bowl has featured many recent high-scoring games, since the Big 12 has dominated by winning six of the last seven games. The last two games have exceeded 78 points total, with Texas and Oklahoma coming out on top.

The Longhorns have the most appearances in the Alamo Bowl with five and hold the best record at 4-1. The Pac-12 will go for their first win since 2018 in this year’s event.

Alamo Bowl Past Results
SeasonWinning teamLosing teamScore
2021OklahomaOregon47-32
2020TexasColorado55-23
2019TexasUtah38-10
2018Washington StateIowa State28-26
2017TCUStanford39-37
2016Oklahoma StateColorado38-8
2015TCUOregon (OT)47-41 (3OT)
2014UCLAKansas State40-35
2013OregonTexas30-7
2012TexasOregon State31-27
2011BaylorWashington67-56
2010Oklahoma StateArizona36-10
2009Texas TechMichigan State41-31
2008MissouriNorthwestern (OT)30-23 (OT)
2007Penn StateTexas AM24-17
2006TexasIowa26-24
2005NebraskaMichigan32-28
2004Ohio StateOklahoma State33-7
2003NebraskaMichigan State17-3
2002WisconsinColorado (OT)31-28 (OT)
2001IowaTexas Tech19-16
2000NebraskaNorthwestern66-17
Most All-Time Wins
WinsTeamsYears won
4Texas2006, 2012, 2019, 2020
3Oklahoma State2010, 2016, 2021
3Nebraska2000, 2003, 2005
2TCU2015, 2017
2Iowa1996, 2001
2Penn State1999, 2007
2Purdue1997, 1998
2Washington State1994, 2018

Alamo Bowl Odds FAQs

What’s the best way to bet on the Alamo Bowl?

For those new to betting on college football and the Alamo Bowl, the recommended method to learn is to start with totals or over/under betting. The bet doesn’t rely on the outcome of the game but on the total points that both teams will score during the game.

Is betting on college football the same as NFL betting?

Although most bet types are the same for both the NFL and college football, there are a few small differences, like the much smaller point spreads in the NFL because of the higher level of competition.

Is it legal to bet on college football?

Yes. Anyone 21 or older can legally bet on college football as long as the activity is legal in their state. Bettors need to first find a reputable legal online sportsbook and create an account to start betting right away.

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