Las Vegas Bowl Betting History

Sin City has played host to the Las Vegas Bowl since 1992, following the California Raisin Bowl’s transfer from Fresno the year prior.

Nevada and UNLV combined to make their home state college bowl game five times out of the first nine editions. The Wolfpack went 1-2, while the Runnin’ Rebels put up a perfect 2-0 record – but the Silver State has sent exactly zero teams to the Las Vegas Bowl during the 21st century. That’s a shame too, because after relocating from Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, the game has been held at Sam Boyd Stadium near the UNLV campus.

Both had their chances, though, as the game invited a top team from the Mountain West Conference to play a Pac-12 opponent every December from 2001 to 2016. Historically, the state of Utah has dominated the Mountain West, as evidenced by BYU, Utah and Utah State combining for a dozen appearances through the history of the Las Vegas Bowl.

In 1995 – the first year that overtime football was used to decide all bowl game ties – Toledo capped a perfect 10-0-1 season by nipping Nevada in a 40-37 overtime thriller. By 1996, the back-and-forth overtime system was adopted for all NCAA football games.

Ten of the games between 2005 and 2016 were decided by seven points or more, including seven blowouts of 20 or more points. Accordingly, favorites covered eight times over that span, but the spread surprisingly remained within 6.5 points or less in the final five.

Sin City will play host to the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Fresno State Bulldogs in this year’s Las Vegas Bowl. Check out our Las Vegas Bowl Game Center for odds, a free pick and handicapping info.

Las Vegas Bowl History
Year Bowl Team Score Team Score Spread ATS Sportsbook SU Sportsbook
1996 Las Vegas Bowl Nevada 18 Ball State 15 +3 Push NEVADA
1997 Las Vegas Bowl Oregon 41 Air Force 13 +3 OREG OREG
1998 Las Vegas Bowl North Carolina 20 San Diego State 13 +7 Push UNC
1999 Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State 16 Utah 17 -5 FRESNO UTAH
2000 Las Vegas Bowl Arkansas 14 UNLV 31 -1 UNLV UNLV
2001 Las Vegas Bowl Utah 10 Southern Cal 6 -3.5 UTAH UTAH
2002 Las Vegas Bowl New Mexico 13 UCLA 27 -9.5 UCLA UCLA
2003 Las Vegas Bowl Oregon State 55 New Mexico 14 +2.5 OREGST OREGST
2004 Las Vegas Bowl Wyoming 24 UCLA 21 -12.5 WYOMNG WYOMNG
2005 Las Vegas Bowl BYU 28 California 35 -8 BYU CAL
2006 Las Vegas Bowl BYU 38 Oregon 8 +3.5 BYU BYU
2007 Las Vegas Bowl UCLA 16 BYU 17 -6.5 UCLA BYU
2008 Las Vegas Bowl BYU 21 Arizona 31 -3 ARIZON ARIZON
2009 Las Vegas Bowl BYU 44 Oregon State 20 +2.5 BYU BYU
2010 Las Vegas Bowl Utah 3 Boise State 26 -16.5 BOISE BOISE
2011 Las Vegas Bowl Arizona State 24 Boise State 56 -14 BOISE BOISE
2012 Las Vegas Bowl Boise State 28 Washington 26 +6.5 WASH BOISE
2013 Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State 20 USC 45 -5 USC USC
2014 Las Vegas Bowl Utah 45 Colorado State 10 +3 UTAH UTAH
2015 Las Vegas Bowl BYU 28 Utah 35 -2.5 UTAH UTAH
2016 Las Vegas Bowl San Diego State 34 Houston 10 -4.5 SD.ST SD.ST
2017 Las Vegas Bowl Oregon 28 Boise State 39 +7 Boise State Boise State
2018 Las Vegas Bowl Arizona State 20 Fresno State 31 +6 Fresno State Fresno State