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Rose Bowl Odds and Betting History

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Since the inception of the College Football Playoff in 2014, the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual is used as the destination of one of the semifinal games every three years. The game is played on New Year’s Day, unless January 1 falls on a Sunday, in which case it’s played on January 2.

With Alabama vs Notre Dame announced, we look at Rose Bowl odds and offer handicapping info to help you make smart football betting picks on this college bowl game.

Betting History of the Rose Bowl

The very first Rose Bowl game was played on January 1, 1902, and the game has been held annually on New Year’s Day since 1916. With very few exceptions, this bowl has been played between teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten since 1947.

From 2007 to 2016, betting favorites were dominant in the Rose Bowl, going 8-2 straight up (SU) and 6-4 against the spread (ATS). The Pac-12 is 51-44-3 all-time in 98 appearances. But, in games that don’t include USC, the conference’s record drops to 26-35-3 SU. From 2014 to 2016, the combined Rose Bowl score went OVER the posted total.

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Former Rose Bowl MVPs include college football greats like Christian McCaffrey (2016), Marcus Mariota (2015), Andy Dalton (2011), interior design star Keyshawn Johnson (1996), Jack Del Rio (1985) – remember him? – Warren Moon (1978) and Jim Plunkett (1971). Vince Young won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006, leading Texas to a 41-38 win over USC for the national championship in his final collegiate game.

The 2018 Rose Bowl saw the No. 3-ranked Georgia Bulldogs take on the No. 2-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Each college football team posted only one outright loss on the season with the Sooners coming into the game riding an eight-game winning streak. Six of those wins came in double-digit form but it wasn’t enough to keep them from succumbing to the Bulldogs 54-48. The total was set at 62.5 and went way OVER. As for the home spread at +2.5, bettors who picked Oklahoma found themselves with a losing bet.

On January 1, 2019, the No. 9-ranked Washington Huskies (10-3) played the No. 6-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1). Washington and Ohio State had their total set at 55.5 and UNDER bettors saw themselves with a winning bet when the combined score hit only 51 points. With a home spread of -5.5, the Huskies covered even though they lost outright.

The final was 28-23 with Buckeyes QB Dwayne Haskins recording three touchdowns and 251 yards. Even though Washington quarterback Jake Browning had more yards (313), it wasn’t enough to propel his team to a victory. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer announced his retirement the previous month, making this the final game of his career. Odds point to him returning to coaching at some point in the future, but for now, let’s consider this college football game his last.

2020 Rose Bowl Odds

Last year the Oregon Ducks took on the Wisconsin Badgers. This was a very close game with oddsmakers predicting the Badgers to win by 10 points.

Oregon Ducks @ Wisconsin Badgers by the numbers
TeamConferenceRecordATSATS FaveATS DogO/U TotalsAverage Score ForAverage Score Against
OregonPac-1211-27-66-51-16-735.9215.69
WisconsinBig Ten10-38-57-41-16-734.6216.08

2021 Rose Bowl Odds

When Notre Dame takes on Alabama, oddsmakers are predicting a near 20-point blowout. Our matchup page had updated Rose Bowl odds, and Rose Bowl betting line movements.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Alabama Crimson Tide by the numbers
TeamConferenceRecordATSATS FaveATS DogO/U TotalsAverage Score ForAverage Score Against
Notre DameACC10-15-64-51-16-535.1818.64
AlabamaSEC11-08-38-30-07-449.7319.45

How to Bet on the Rose Bowl

Bowl betting requires some research, a basic understanding of how odds work and a trip to our NCAA football pages. These are the main types of bets you can make on the Rose Bowl:

• Simply pick a winner by placing a moneyline bet on the team you think is going to dominate

• A totals bet (also called OVER/UNDER) requires you to predict if the total combined score from both teams will be OVER or UNDER a certain number set by the online sportsbooks

• For a point spread wager you need to figure out if the favorite or the underdog is going to win or lose by a set number of points

Props are bets made on individual players (how many rushing yards will X player have, how many sacks will Y player have, etc.) and non-football related things like who will win the coin toss

Parlays let you bundle more than two bets on one ticket

Rose Bowl Bites

• O.J. Simpson was the 1968 Rose Bowl MVP and he has lived a quiet life ever since without controversy or criminal charges. NOT!

• USC has the most Rose Bowl appearances with 34, Michigan follows with 20, Stanford has 15, Ohio State and Washington each have 14, and UCLA has 12.

• Current NFLer Sam Darnold holds two Rose Bowl records for touchdowns (5) and total offense (473 yards).

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Rose Bowl History
YearBowlAwayScoreHomeScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1996Rose BowlSouthern Cal41Northwestern32+3USCUSC
1997Rose BowlOhio State20Arizona State17+2OHIOSTOHIOST
1998Rose BowlWashington State16Michigan21-7WSHSTMICH
1999Rose BowlWisconsin38UCLA31-9WISCSNWISCSN
2000Rose BowlStanford9Wisconsin17+11WISCSNWISCSN
2001Rose BowlPurdue24Washington34+1WASHWASH
2002Rose BowlNebraska14Miami37-8.5MIAMIMIAMI
2003Rose BowlWashington State14Oklahoma34+5OKLAOKLA
2004Rose BowlMichigan14Southern Cal28-7USCUSC
2005Rose BowlMichigan37Texas38-7MICHTEXAS
2006Rose BowlTexas41Southern Cal38-7TEXASTEXAS
2007Rose BowlMichigan18Southern Cal32+2USCUSC
2008Rose BowlIllinois17Southern Cal49-13.5USCUSC
2009Rose BowlPenn State24Southern Cal38-10USCUSC
2010Rose BowlOhio State26Oregon17-4.5OHIOSTOHIOST
2011Rose BowlTCU21Wisconsin19+3WISCSNTCU
2012Rose BowlWisconsin38Oregon45-4.5OREGOREG
2013Rose BowlStanford20Wisconsin14+4STANSTAN
2014Rose BowlStanford20Michigan State24+6.5MSUMSU
2015Rose BowlFlorida State20Oregon59-8OregonOregon
2016Rose BowlIowa16Stanford45-6StanfordStanford
2017Rose BowlSouthern Cal52Penn State49+7.5Penn StateUSC
2018Rose BowlGeorgia54Oklahoma48+2.5GeorgiaGeorgia
2019Rose BowlWashington23Ohio State28-5.5WashingtonOhio State
2020Rose BowlOregon28Wisconsin27-3WisconsinOregon
2021Rose BowlAlabama Notre Dame -19.5