The Allstate Sugar Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six bowl games, pits an SEC team against a Big 12 program once again at Sportsbook Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. But the taste of this year’s Sugar Bowl will seem a bit bitter to the No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2), who missed the playoffs for only the second time in CFP history and are feeling the salt in their wounds.
Their opponents, the No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats (10-3), are feeling the Christmas magic after taking down the then undefeated No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs (12-1) in a 31-28 OT finish in the Big 12 championship game. The Tide, after kicking off the season 6-0, were on the bad end of history after losing to the Tennessee Volunteers for the first time since 2006. They fell once more to the LSU Tigers and it was enough to keep them out of the playoffs – talk about not living up to your expectations. Can the Wildcats defeat one more notable opponent or will they be swallowed up by the Tide?
WON THE DANG DAY pic.twitter.com/G2z2nzOiT8— K-State Football (@KStateFB) December 3, 2022
To wrap up your 2022 on a high note, we’ve filtered through all the most important information about betting trends and the betting history of the Sugar Bowl odds. It’ll be the gift that keeps on giving as you unwrap the best bets for the Kansas State vs Alabama matchup and everything you need to make your picks for the game.
For a complete statistical breakdown of the Sugar Bowl odds, see our Kansas State vs Alabama Matchup Report, or you can check out our College Football Bowl Schedule for all college football games this winter.
2022 Sugar Bowl Odds
|Kansas State Wildcats||+6 (-110)||+190||56 (-110)|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||-6 (-110)||-230||56 (-110)|
Odds as of December 22 at Sportsbook
According to online sportsbook Sportsbook, Alabama enters as a 6-point favorite ahead of kickoff at Sportsbook Superdome, home of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. That represents the fewest points the Tide have spotted an opponent all season – Alabama is 5-6-1 ATS this year as chalk and was a favorite of 20 points or more eight times. Kansas State has been the underdog just four times this season, going 2-2 ATS in those games. Overall, the Wildcats went 9-3-1 ATS, tied for eighth best in the nation alongside TCU, covering lines 75 percent of the time.
Neither team has been very consistent when cashing in the OVER/UNDER. Kansas State is 6-7 O/U with three of its last five contests hitting the OVER. Meanwhile, Alabama has a 5-7 O/U record with two of its final five matchups going OVER. The Tide have surpassed a 56-point total four times this season while the Wildcats have done so just twice. However, expecting some action on the scoreboard is reasonable with Kansas State averaging 42 points per game over its last three outings, topping Alabama’s 36.7 PPG in its last three. On the other hand, the Tide allow 19.6 PPG while the Wildcats give up 21.8, putting both teams among the nation’s top 25 defensively.
Sugar Bowl Betting Trends
Check out some Sugar Bowl betting trends and a look at how Kansas State and Alabama have fared in recent bowl games:
Sugar Bowl Last 6 Seasons
Favorite SU: 3-3 (50.0%)
Favorite ATS: 3-3 (50.0%)
OVER/UNDER record: 1-5 (16.6%)
Kansas State is 3-2 (60.0%) ATS in its last 5 bowl appearances.
Kansas State is 3-2 (60.0%) OVER in its last 5 bowl appearances.
Kansas State is 4-6 (40.0%) ATS in its last 10 bowl appearances.
Kansas State is 5-5 (50.0%) OVER in its last 10 bowl appearances.
Alabama is 3-2 (60.0%) ATS in its last 5 bowl appearances.
Alabama is 0-5 (0.0%) OVER in its last 5 bowl appearances.
Alabama is 6-4 (60.0%) ATS in its last 10 bowl appearances.
Alabama is 2-8 (20.0%) OVER in its last 10 bowl appearances.
Betting History of the Sugar Bowl
The Sugar Bowl has been played annually on New Year’s Day since 1935, except for the years when January 1 falls on a Sunday, which pushes the game to January 2. This college football bowl hosts one of the national semifinal games every three seasons. The two top teams from the SEC and Big 12 play in the Sugar Bowl in years that it isn’t accommodating a playoff.
Contrary to popular belief, the Sugar Bowl is not sponsored or owned by the sweet-tasting soluble carbohydrate that we all eat too much of. It is named as such because the first stadium to host the game was built on land that had once been home to a sugar plantation.
It is, however, sponsored by an insurance company (Allstate).
Since it began, the Sugar Bowl has always had a tie to the SEC, with all but seven of the bowl’s all-time games featuring an SEC team. The SEC has a 40-38-1 record in 79 games. Another college football powerhouse conference, the Big 12, entered an agreement to send a team to the Sugar Bowl in non-playoff years in 2015. They hold a 5-4-0 record through nine appearances.
From 2011 to 2016, teams in the SEC got crushed like a bunch of cars in a junkyard, going 1-5 straight up (SU) in six games over that stretch, including outright losses by Florida as a 14.5-point favorite to Louisville in 2012 and by Alabama as a 17-point fave to Oklahoma in 2013. There were at least 54 points scored in seven of the eight Sugar Bowls played from the 2009 to 2016 seasons.
The 2017 Sugar Bowl saw a third straight bowl game between Alabama (No. 4) and Clemson (No. 1). The teams had met in the previous two national championship games, with each taking a victory. The Crimson Tide had a perfect record up until their last regular-season game, when they lost to Auburn as a 5-point favorite. The Tigers’ lone blemish that season was being on the wrong end of one of the biggest upsets of the season, losing to Syracuse as a 23.5-point fave. The final score of the bowl game was 24-6 for Nick Saban’s squad. The total was set at 47.0 and UNDER bettors were able to collect big time. Clemson did not cover the +3.5 spread (sad trombone noise).
Sugar Bowl Bites
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|Year||Bowl||Team||Score||Team||Score||Spread||ATS Sportsbook||SU Sportsbook|
|1995||Sugar Bowl||Virginia Tech||28||Texas||10||-2||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech|
|1996||Sugar Bowl||Florida||52||Florida State||20||+3||Florida||Florida|
|1997||Sugar Bowl||Ohio State||14||Florida State||31||-7||Florida State||Florida State|
|1998||Sugar Bowl||Ohio State||24||Texas A&M||14||+12||Texas A&M||Ohio State|
|1999||Sugar Bowl||Virginia Tech||29||Florida State||46||-6||Florida State||Florida State|
|2002||Sugar Bowl||Georgia||26||Florida State||13||+7.5||Georgia||Georgia|
|2004||Sugar Bowl||Virginia Tech||13||Auburn||16||-6||Virginia Tech||Auburn|
|2005||Sugar Bowl||West Virginia||38||Georgia||35||-7||West Virginia||West Virginia|
|2006||Sugar Bowl||Notre Dame||14||LSU||41||-8.5||LSU||LSU|
|2010||Sugar Bowl||Arkansas||26||Ohio State||31||-3||Ohio State||Ohio State|
|2011||Sugar Bowl||Michigan||23||Virginia Tech||20||+3||PUSH||Michigan|
|2014||Sugar Bowl||Ohio State||42||Alabama||35||-7.5||Ohio State||Ohio State|
|2015||Sugar Bowl||Oklahoma State||20||Ole Miss||48||-7.5||Ole Miss||Ole Miss|
|2020||Sugar Bowl||Clemson||28||Ohio State||49||-7.5||Ohio State||Ohio State|
|2021||Sugar Bowl||Baylor||21||Ole Miss||7||-1||Baylor||Baylor|
How to Bet on the Sugar Bowl
Even those who are new to gambling can get in on some of that sweet Sugar Bowl wagering action. Before you get started, look to our NCAA Football pages for everything you need to make a smart college football bowl bet. You’ll find Sugar Bowl odds, free picks, team stats and more.
These are the main types of bets you can make on the Sugar Bowl:
• A popular wager is the moneyline bet where you only have to pick the winning team
• A totals bet (also called OVER/UNDER) requires you to forecast if the total combined score from both teams will be OVER or UNDER the number set by oddsmakers at the online sportsbooks
• To make a point spread bet you need to determine 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 touchdowns will the quarterback have, how many yards will a certain player have, etc.), and non-football things like which team will win the coin toss
• Parlays give you the option to bundle multiple bets on one betting slip
Sugar Bowl Odds FAQ
Can I bet on the Sugar Bowl?
Yes, you can bet on the Sugar Bowl. In fact, there are a number of ways in which to wager on the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Sportsbook Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. You can find Sugar Bowl odds for moneyline bets, totals bets, point spread bets, prop bets, and parlays bets.
When is the Sugar Bowl?
The 2021 Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Ole Miss Rebels and Baylor Bears at the Sportsbook Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana is scheduled for kickoff on Saturday, January 1, at 8:45 p.m. ET. The Sugar Bowl has been played New Year’s Day every year since 1935, except for the years January 1 falls on a Sunday, which bumps the bowl game to January 2.
Who won the 2020 Sugar Bowl?
The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes whipped the No. 3 Clemson Tigers 49-28 in the 2020 Sugar Bowl national semifinal. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields passed for 385 yards and six touchdowns and running back Trey Sermon rushed for 193 yards.