Holiday Bowl

The Holiday Bowl is another major college football event played since 1978, holding the record among just a handful of games which have been around for that long. The Holiday Bowl is also under the NCAA Division I Football sponsorship, due to which it’s an official college football event full of thrilling action from the top and future NFL prospects and draft picks.

Although the games were played at San Diego Stadium in previous years, the game is now set to take place at Petco Park in San Diego for the following editions. This year’s edition of the Holiday Bowl will be played at Petco Park in San Diego at 8:00 PM ET.

Holiday Bowl Odds

During the 2020 edition of the Holiday Bowl, the Iowa Hawkeyes were up in odds because of their solid season numbers and finishing a solid campaign at 10-3. The USC Trojans finished the 2020 season with an 8-5 record.

That means those bettors who went all in for the Hawkeyes at a -180 Moneyline made a $100 profit for every $180 wager. On the other hand, those who bet on the Trojans at -230 odds could have potentially made a $230 profit on a $100 wager.

In the end, the Hawkeyes surpassed the Trojans with a solid 49-21 win; those who favored the +8.5 and the over 43.5 points also collected some solid earnings.

Holiday Bowl Scores (Playoff)

Since its first edition in 1978, the Holiday Bowl has set the bar high for future high-quality displays of major college football action. In that edition of the Holiday Bowl, the Navy Midshipmen were able to take a 23-16 win over the BYU Cougars.

It wasn’t until 1990 when the Texas A&M Aggies pulled a 65-14 win over the Cougars. The Aggies set the record for the largest score at the Holiday Bowl, and that mark hasn’t been broken since. With various editions of the event being held in the past decades, Holiday Bowl fans can also expect top games with high scores.

Holiday Bowl Past Results
SeasonWinning teamLosing teamScore
2021Cancelled due to COVID
2020Cancelled due to COVID
2019IowaUSC49-24
2018NorthwesternUtah31-20
2017Michigan StateWashington State42-17
2016MinnesotaWashington State17-12
2015WisconsinUSC23-21
2014USCNebraska45-42
2013Texas TechArizona State37-23
2012BaylorUCLA49-26
2011TexasCalifornia21-10
2010WashingtonNebraska19-7
2009NebraskaArizona33-0
2008OregonOklahoma State42-31
2007TexasArizona State52-34
2006CaliforniaTexas A&M45-10
2005OklahomaOregon17-14
2004Texas TechCalifornia45-31
2003Washington StateTexas28-20
2002Kansas StateArizona State34-27
2001TexasWashington47-43
2000OregonTexas35-30

Betting History Of The Holiday Bowl

The first edition of the Holiday Bowl dates to 1978 when the Midshipmen took on the Cougars and pulled a 23-16 win. BYU Cougars would start a long tradition of top numbers and stats starting that year until it became the school with the most appearances and wins recorded at the Holiday Bowl.

BYU would also become the first school to break the 40-point mark in 1980 with a 46-45 win over the SMU Mustangs. Eight years later, the Oklahoma State Cowboys would break the 60-point mark with a solid 62-14 win over Wyoming.

Yet, just two years later, at the 1990 edition of the Holiday Bowl, the Texas A&M Aggies would set the record for the most points at the History Bowl with a 65-13 win over BYU. That record currently stands today.

Over the past decades, Pac-12 schools have featured in the most Holiday Bowls, with 25. Still, Big-12 and Big Ten schools currently lead stats with the most wins at the Holiday Bowl.

Most All-Time Wins
WinsTeamsYears won
4BYU1980, 1981, 1983, 1984
3Iowa1986, 1987, 2019
3Kansas State1995, 1999, 2002
3Texas2001, 2007, 2011
2Ohio State1982, 1993
2Oregon2000, 2008
2Texas Tech2004, 2013

Holiday Bowl Betting Trends & Tips

The Holiday Bowl is another NCAA Bowl with ample history and background. That is why finding the best odds, moneylines, and betting market alternatives will always be a top priority for bettors wanting to maximize the potential of every dollar wagered on top NCAA Bowl events. 

For expert bettors, it’s about making the most of every bet by researching all data, stats, and numbers related to the Holiday Bowl score results. These are simple strategies that will allow bettors to minimize risk and make the most of every dollar wagered. For example, a good market would be the Holiday Bowl point spread.

Here are some of the top trends that have become part of the Holiday Bowl in the last decades:

  • Pac-12 schools lead the count with a total of 25 appearances in the history of the Holiday Bowl. 
  • Both Big-12 and Big Ten Schools currently lead stats with the most wins recorded in the Holiday Bowl. Both conferences now stand with 11 wins each. 
  • The BYU Cougars lead the stats board with the most appearances at the Holiday Bowl, with a total of 11. 
  • BYU also leads the scoreboard with the most wins recorded at the Holiday Bowl. Currently, the cougars now stand with a 4-6-1 record.

Holiday Bowl Odds FAQs

Which Team Has Scored the Most Points at the Holiday Bowl?

In the 1990 edition of the Holiday Bowl, the Texas A&M Aggies surpassed the BYU Cougars with a solid 65-14 win. That remains the mark for the most points scored over a Holiday Bowl game.

Which Team Has Had the Most Appearances at the Holiday Bowl?

The BYU Cougars have featured in over a total of 11 Holiday Bowl games. However, that has not yet made them the most successful team in the history of the Bowl, as they now have a 4-6-1 record.

Which Conference Has Become the Most Unsuccessful at the Holiday Bowl?

The Missouri Tigers and the Wyoming Cowboys have featured in two editions of the Holiday Bowl each. However, both teams have not been able to record a win in the event’s history, and both stand with a 0-2 record.

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