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Cotton Bowl odds and betting history are here!

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is a yearly college football game, often referred to as simply the Cotton Bowl. This year’s Cotton Bowl will occur on December 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET and features a College Football Playoff semifinal matchup between the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats.

Odds Shark is here to ensure you have everything you need to bet on this bowl game from Cotton Bowl odds to handicapping info and historical wagering data so you can make smart Cincinnati vs Alabama picks.

For a complete statistical breakdown of the Cotton Bowl odds, see our Cincinnati vs Alabama Matchup Report, or you can check out our College Football Bowl Schedule for all NCAAF games this winter.

2021 Cotton Bowl Odds

When Cincinnati takes on Alabama in the 2021 Cotton Bowl, oddsmakers are giving Alabama a 13.5-point spread to cover and setting the total around 58.0 points.

Cincinnati vs Alabama — Cotton Bowl Odds
Team Moneyline Spread
Cincinnati +380 -13.5
Alabama -530 +13.5

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2021 Cotton Bowl Betting Trends:

  • Cincinnati is 13-7 ATS over its last 20 games.
  • Alabama is 13-0 SU in its last 13 December games.
  • The UNDER is 5-2 in Cincinnati’s last 7 games.

Betting History Of The Cotton Bowl

The inaugural Cotton Bowl was played at the Texas State Fair Grounds in Texas on January 1, 1937, between TCU and Marquette. This bowl was the brainchild of J. Curtis Sanford, a Dallas oilman.

The oilman attended the 1936 Rose Bowl featuring SMU and Stanford and decided his city should have a game like that. He paid for the bowl out of his own pocket, probably with the change he found in his sofa since oil barons make major bank. The Horned Frogs beat the Golden Avalanche 16-6. After 1960, the Marquette football department changed its name to the Golden Eagles, perhaps because birds are more intimidating than weather phenomena.

In 2010, the game moved from Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas to AT&T Stadium in Arlington – where the Cowboys play! In 1941, the bowl began an affiliation to take the champion of the Southwest Conference (SWC). The Big 12 had a brief stint as an affiliate from 1997 to 2013.

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Upon the death of the BCS prior to the 2014 NCAA football season, the Cotton Bowl became a member of the New Year’s Six and hosted a College Football Playoff semifinal between Alabama and Michigan State following the 2015 season. The game ended in a 38-0 blowout for the Crimson Tide.

Memorable Cotton Bowl Moments

Many of the more memorable Cotton Bowls starred Notre Dame. In the January 1, 1970 edition, No. 1 Texas beat the No. 9 Irish. Even though they were quarterbacked by Joe Theismann, the Irish lost to the Longhorns. He would be fine and go on to play in the NFL and CFL, and own Theismann’s Restaurant and Bar, a restaurant and bar.

In 1978, a fifth-ranked Irish team, this time helmed by the other famous Joe (Montana), routed No. 1 Texas and Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell 38-10, giving Notre Dame a national title. The next year, the legend of Montana – the QB, not the state – was truly born. Joe led the team back from a 34-12 fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Longhorns 35-34.

The favorite covered in five of the seven Cotton Bowls from 2010 to 2016. Alabama’s 10.5-point spread over Michigan State in the 2015 game is tied for the largest number this century.

In the 2020 Cotton Bowl, Kyle Trask and the Florida Gators were embarassed by Spencer Rattler’s Oklahoma Sooners. Entering the Cotton Bowl as 3-point favorites, the Sooners ended up beating Florida by 35 points in a 55-20 victory.

Cotton Bowl Bites

• The Cotton Bowl has seen appearances by top-rated head coaches Bear Bryant (Kentucky), Darrell Royal (Texas) and Ara Parseghian (Notre Dame).

• The 1947 iteration was referred to as the Ice Bowl since it was very cold that day and neither LSU nor Arkansas was able to put up any points. The final score was 0-0. Sorry to anyone who bet on that game.

• Texas has the most appearances with 22 (11-10-1). Baylor has only three appearances and lost each one (0-3). Way harsh.

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Cotton Bowl History & historical Cotton Bowl Lines
Year Bowl Team Score Team Score Spread ATS Winner SU Winner
1995 Cotton Bowl Oregon 6 Colorado 38 -7 COLO COLO
1996 Cotton Bowl Kansas State 15 BYU 19 +3 BYU BYU
1997 Cotton Bowl UCLA 29 Texas A&M 23 +12 TEXA&M UCLA
1998 Cotton Bowl Mississippi State 11 Texas 38 -6.5 TEXAS TEXAS
1999 Cotton Bowl Texas 6 Arkansas 27 +5.5 ARK ARK
2000 Cotton Bowl Tennessee 21 Kansas State 35 -3.5 KAN.ST KAN.ST
2001 Cotton Bowl Oklahoma 10 Arkansas 3 +12 ARK OKLA
2002 Cotton Bowl LSU 20 Texas 35 -10.5 TEXAS TEXAS
2003 Cotton Bowl Ole Miss 31 Oklahoma State 28 +3 Push MISS
2004 Cotton Bowl Tennessee 38 Texas A&M 7 -5 TENN TENN
2005 Cotton Bowl Alabama 13 Texas Tech 10 -3 ALAB ALAB
2006 Cotton Bowl Nebraska 14 Auburn 17 -2.5 AUBRN AUBRN
2007 Cotton Bowl Arkansas 7 Missouri 38 -3.5 MIZZOU MIZZOU
2008 Cotton Bowl Ole Miss 47 Texas Tech 34 -4 MISS MISS
2009 Cotton Bowl Ole Miss 21 Oklahoma State 7 +3.5 MISS MISS
2010 Cotton Bowl Texas A&M 24 LSU 41 -1.5 LSU LSU
2011 Cotton Bowl Kansas State 16 Arkansas 29 -9.5 ARK ARK
2012 Cotton Bowl Texas A&M 41 Oklahoma 13 +3 TEXA&M TEXA&M
2013 Cotton Bowl Missouri 41 Oklahoma State 31 -3 MIZZOU MIZZOU
2014 Cotton Bowl  Michigan State 42 Baylor 41 -3 Michigan State Michigan State
2015 Cotton Bowl Michigan State 0 Alabama 38 -10.5 Alabama Alabama
2016 Cotton Bowl Western Michigan 16 Wisconsin 24 -8 PUSH Wisconsin
2017 Cotton Bowl USC 7 Ohio State 24 -9.5 Ohio State Ohio State
2018 Cotton Bowl Notre Dame 3 Clemson 30 -10.5 Clemson Clemson
2019 Cotton Bowl Memphis 39 Penn State 53 -7 Penn State Penn State
2020 Cotton Bowl Florida 20 Oklahoma 55 -3 Oklahoma Oklahoma

How To Bet On Cotton Bowl Odds

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time bettor, you have the opportunity to make some cash betting on Cotton Bowl odds. These are the bets we recommend making:

• A moneyline bet requires you to pick a winner 

• An OVER/UNDER or totals bet involves gambling on the total combined score from both teams and deciding if it will be OVER or UNDER a certain amount

Point spread betting is a wager placed on whether the favorite or the underdog will win or lose by a set number of points

Props are bets made on individual players (how many rushing yards will a certain player have, how many sacks will another player have, etc.), and things like which team will win the coin toss

Parlays give you the chance to bundle two or more bets on one betting slip

• Go to our How To Bet On College Football page for more information on Cotton Bowl betting odds


Cotton Bowl Odds FAQ

Can I bet on the Cotton Bowl?

Yes, you can bet on the Cotton Bowl. Believe it or not, there are several ways in which to wager on the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. There are Cotton Bowl odds for moneyline wagers, totals wagers, point spread wagers, prop wagers, and parlays wagers.

When is the Cotton Bowl?

The 2021 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Cincinnati Bearcats at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is scheduled for kickoff on Wednesday, December 31, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Cotton Bowl game was moved in 2010 from Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas to AT&T Stadium in Arlington where the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys play their home games.

Who won the 2020 Cotton Bowl?

The No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners beat the No. 13 Florida Gaters by a final score of 55-20 in the 2020 Cotton Bowl. Spencer Rattler and the Sooners ran and passed all over the Gators, forcing Florida’s QB Kyle Trask to throw three interceptions in the game as well. Oklahoma scored double-digit points in all four quarters.