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Peach Bowl Betting History

The Peach Bowl – or the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl* if you like saying a lot of words – is an annual college football bowl game played in Atlanta. It’s the ninth-oldest bowl game in college football history and boasts 17 straight sellouts from 1998 to 2013.

*Bowl games change sponsorships like the seasons, so it’s very possible it will be the Paw Patrol Peach Bowl or the Doritos Dipped in Old El Paso Salsa Peach Bowl next year.

Betting History of the Peach Bowl

A committee appointed by the Lions Club of Atlanta was turned down three times in its attempt to bring a bowl game to the city. Finally, the group was granted NCAA certification in 1968 and the first Peach Bowl was played December 30 that year at Georgia Tech’s Grant Field, which sounds like the name of a secret agent. LSU beat Florida State 31-27. The Peach Bowl moved to Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1971 and then to the Georgia Dome for 1993 through 2016. From 2017 onward, the game is played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons.

From 1993 until 2013, the Peach Bowl matched an SEC school against one from the ACC, but then the College Football Playoff was created, and the game became part of the New Year’s Six bowl rotation. The Georgia Dome hosted the 2016 semifinal between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Washington – it was the first time a No. 1 team played in the game.

The final collegiate game for Texas A&M Heisman winner and CFL legend Johnny Manziel was in the Peach Bowl on December 31, 2013, against Duke. Manziel led the Aggies back from a 38-17 halftime deficit to a 52-48 win, turning in the greatest offensive performance in the game’s history by completing 30 of 38 passes for 382 yards and four scores while rushing for 73 yards and a TD. It was the highest-scoring Peach Bowl. The Aggies were 14-point favorites, tied for the biggest spread ever in the game along with Alabama in 2016.

For those looking for a close game to keep you in suspense, the Peach Bowl may not deliver. From 2008 to 2017, just three games were decided by nine or fewer points. The game’s biggest rout in its history was TCU (-3) over Ole Miss 42-3 in 2014.

The 2017 edition of the Peach Bowl featured the No. 12-ranked UCF Knights vs the No. 7-ranked Auburn Tigers. UCF posted a perfect 12-0 SU that season to go along with a 7-4-1 ATS record. After an upset win over Alabama, Auburn had hoped to punch its ticket into the College Football Playoff, but those hopes were dashed after losing to Georgia in the SEC championship game. The final score was 34-27 for the University of Central Florida. The total for this game was set at 70.5 and those who bet the UNDER were in for a treat when they won their wagers. Anyone who picked Auburn to cover the spread of -15.0, unfortunately, recorded a big L in their sportsbook accounts.

2018 Peach Bowl

On December 29, 2018, the Peach Bowl will see the No. 10-ranked Florida Gators (9-3) take on the No. 7-ranked Michigan Wolverines (10-2). For the latest odds, a free pick and handicapping information, visit our Peach Bowl Game Center

Michigan by the numbers
  • Conference: Big Ten
  • ATS: 6-6
  • ATS Home: 5-2
  • ATS Away: 1-4
  • O/U (Totals): 6-6
  • O/U (Totals) Home: 4-3
  • O/U (Totals) Away: 2-3
Florida by the numbers
  • Conference: SEC
  • ATS: 8-4
  • ATS Home: 4-3
  • ATS Away: 4-1
  • O/U (Totals): 7-4
  • O/U (Totals) Home: 3-3
  • O/U (Totals) Away: 4-1

How to Bet on the Peach Bowl

Wagering on the Peach Bowl doesn’t require you to be a fruit connoisseur. All you need is a basic understanding of college football and betting odds. Don’t worry, we’ll cover it below like a free safety in a Cover 2 scheme.

These are the types of bets we recommend making on the Peach Bowl:

  • Moneyline – all you have to do is pick the winner
  • OVER/UNDER – also known as a totals bet, this wager needs you to predict if the total number of combined points will go OVER or UNDER the amount set by the sportsbook
  • Point spread – will the favorite or underdog win or lose by the number of points set by the sportsbook
  • Props – these are bets made on individual players (how many rushing yards will player X have, how many sacks will player Y have, etc.), and you can place prop bets on which team will win the coin toss

Where to Bet on the Peach Bowl

Visit our college football coverage for odds, free picks, betting news, trends and more – basically everything you need to handicap your Peach Bowl bets. Then, visit our guide to the best sportsbooks for betting on college football. Our experts have vetted each book to ensure that it’s secure, so you know that your betting bankroll is in good, safe hands.

Peach Bowl Bites
  • Clemson has the most Peach Bowl appearances with 8, posting a 3-5 record.
  • The ACC is the conference with the most appearances at 36.
  • Peach Bowl MVPs include Jim Kelly, Tiki Barber, Hines Ward, Takeo Spikes, Devin Hester and Matt Damon impersonator Matt Flynn.

 

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Peach Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Peach BowlGeorgia27Virginia34-6VIRGNAVIRGNA
1996Peach BowlClemson7LSU10-6.5CLEMLSU
1997Peach BowlClemson17Auburn21-6CLEMAUBRN
1998Peach BowlGeorgia35Virginia33-2GEORGIGEORGI
1999Peach BowlClemson7Mississippi State17-2.5MIS.STMIS.ST
2000Peach BowlLSU28Georgia Tech14-8.5LSULSU
2001Peach BowlNorth Carolina16Auburn10+2.5UNCUNC
2002Peach BowlMaryland30Tennessee3-1MARYLMARYL
2003Peach BowlTennessee14Clemson27+5CLEMCLEM
2004Peach BowlFlorida10Miami27-3MIAMIMIAMI
2005Peach BowlLSU40Miami3-6LSULSU
2006Peach BowlVirginia Tech24Georgia31+3GEORGIGEORGI
2007Peach BowlAuburn23Clemson20-2AUBRNAUBRN
2008Peach BowlLSU38Georgia Tech3-4LSULSU
2009Peach BowlTennessee14Virginia Tech37-5VTECHVTECH
2010Peach BowlFlorida State26South Carolina17-2.5FLASTFLAST
2011Peach BowlVirginia24Auburn43-3AUBRNAUBRN
2012Peach BowlClemson25LSU24-3.5CLEMCLEM
2013Peach BowlDuke48Texas A&M52-14TX A&MDUKE
2014Peach BowlMississippi3TCU42-3TCUTCU
2015Peach BowlHouston38Florida State24-7.5HoustonHouston
2016Peach BowlWashington7Alabama24-13AlabamaAlabama
2017Peach BowlUCF34Auburn27-15.5UCFUCF
2018Peach BowlFlorida41Michigan15-4FloridaFlorida