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Sugar Bowl Betting History

The Allstate Sugar Bowl causes a betting frenzy every year due to its high stakes and ties to the SEC and the Big 12 conferences. The game has been played in New Orleans since it began in 1935 with the exception of 2006 when it was temporarily moved to Atlanta due to hurricane Katrina.

Betting History of the Sugar Bowl

The Sugar Bowl has been played annually on New Year’s Day since 1935, with the exception of years in which January 1 falls on a Sunday, which pushes the game to January 2. The Sugar Bowl hosts one of the semifinal games every three seasons – Ohio State met Alabama in a College Football Playoff semifinal game in 2014, and Alabama and Clemson squared off in 2017. Two of the top teams from the SEC and Big 12 play in the Sugar Bowl in years that it isn’t hosting a playoff game.

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. The Sugar Bowl is named as such because the first stadium to host the game was built on land that once housed a sugar plantation.

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. Through the end of the 2016 season, the SEC had a 39-36-1 record in 76 appearances. The Big 12 entered an agreement to send a team to the Sugar Bowl in non-playoff years in 2015.

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 Alabama as a 17-point favorite to Oklahoma in 2013. There were at least 54 points scored in seven of the eight Sugar Bowls played after the 2009 to 2016 seasons.

The 2017 Sugar Bowl saw a third straight bowl game between Alabama (No. 4 in the rankings) 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 favorite. The final score of the 2017 Sugar Bowl was 24-6 for Alabama. The total was set at 47.0 and UNDER bettors were able to collect, big time. The point spread was +3.5 for Clemson and they did not cover it.

2018 Sugar Bowl

January 1, 2019, will see the No. 15-ranked Texas Longhorns (9-4) face off against the No. 5-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (11-2) in the Sugar Bowl. For the latest odds, a free pick and handicapping information, visit our Sugar Bowl Game Center

Texas by the Numbers
  • Conference: Big 12
  • ATS: 5-7-1
  • ATS Home: 4-2-1
  • ATS Away: 1-5
  • O/U: 6-7
  • O/U Home: 3-4
  • O/U Away: 3-3
Georgia by the Numbers
  • Conference: SEC
  • ATS: 8-5
  • ATS Home: 6-3
  • ATS Away: 2-2
  • O/U: 8-4
  • O/U Home: 4-4
  • O/U Away: 4-0

How to Bet on the Sugar Bowl

Even novice bettors 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 odds, free picks, team stats and more.

These are the main types of bets you can make on the Sugar Bowl:

  • A popular Sugar Bowl bet is the moneyline where you only have to pick a winner
  • 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 amount set by oddsmakers at the sportsbooks
  • To make a point spread wager 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

Where to Bet on the Sugar Bowl

When you’re ready to place your wagers on the Sugar Bowl – whether it’s a totals bet, a moneyline wager or a point spread bet – you can visit any of the top sportsbooks we list here. OddsShark has vetted each one to ensure they offer the best wagering options for college football bettors.

Sugar Bowl Bites
  • Sugar Bowl MVPs include Steve Spurrier, Peyton and Eli’s dad Archie Manning, Herschel Walker, Dan Marino, Jerome Bettis, Tim Tebow and Teddy Bridgewater.
  • Alabama has the most appearances with 16 and a 9-7 record.
  •  The largest attendance in Sugar Bowl history was 84,031 when Oklahoma beat Auburn 40-22 in 1972. MVP Jack Mildren would go on to be the lieutenant-governor of Oklahoma which is like being vice-president but not.


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Sugar Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Sugar BowlVirginia Tech28Texas10-2VTECHVTECH
1996Sugar BowlFlorida52Florida State20+3FLAFLA
1997Sugar BowlOhio State14Florida State31-7FLASTFLAST
1998Sugar BowlOhio State24Texas A&M14+12TEXA&MOHIOST
1999Sugar BowlVirginia Tech29Florida State46-6FLASTFLAST
2000Sugar BowlMiami37Florida20+6MIAMIMIAMI
2001Sugar BowlIllinois34LSU47-2LSULSU
2002Sugar BowlGeorgia26Florida State13+7.5GEORGIGEORGI
2003Sugar BowlOklahoma14LSU21+6LSULSU
2004Sugar BowlVirginia Tech13Auburn16-6VTECHAUBRN
2005Sugar BowlWest Virginia38Georgia35-7WESTVWESTV
2006Sugar BowlNotre Dame14LSU41-8.5LSULSU
2007Sugar BowlHawaii10Georgia41-8GEORGIGEORGI
2008Sugar BowlUtah31Alabama17-9.5UTAHUTAH
2009Sugar BowlCincinnati24Florida51-12.5FLAFLA
2010Sugar BowlArkansas26Ohio State31-3OHIOSTOHIOST
2011Sugar BowlMichigan23Virginia Tech20+3PushMICH
2012Sugar BowlLouisville33Florida23-14.5LOUISLOUIS
2013Sugar BowlOklahoma45Alabama21-17OKLAOKLA
2014Sugar BowlOhio State42Alabama35-7.5Ohio StateOhio State
2015Sugar BowlOklahoma State20Mississippi48-7.5MississippiMississippi
2016Sugar BowlAuburn19Oklahoma35-2OKLAOKLA
2017Sugar BowlAlabama24Clemson6+3.5AlabamaAlabama
2018Sugar BowlTexas28Georgia21-13.5TexasTexas