Gator Bowl Odds

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The Gator Bowl, which is the sixth-oldest such game in college football, has featured two ranked teams playing one another in 38 of its iterations since it got its start in 1946. Will it keep adding to that number in years to come?

As a bettor in Florida, you can get in on the action with legal and regulated online sportsbooks. From wagering on moneylines to the point spread and even live betting, you have a lot of options. Below, you will find our guide to betting the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.

Gator Bowl odds

For Florida bettors who are looking to make some wagers on the Gator Bowl, the first thing to do is check the odds. Since bowl games don’t announce which teams will be playing in them until after the end of the regular season, you won’t find any odds until that happens. However, once you know the teams, you’ll find everything you need in the odds feed below.

The feed will update whenever a sportsbook changes its lines. See something you like? Just click on those Gator Bowl betting odds, and you’ll automatically arrive at that sportsbook’s website, where you can either sign up for an account, claim any bonuses or sign in and place a bet.

Popular Gator Bowl betting lines

Football is the most popular sport in the United States, and that is also true when it comes to sports betting. Here in Florida, NFL betting and college football betting are both popular, so it is easy to see why sportsbooks put so much effort into making sure they cover your betting options.

With the Gator Bowl, you’ll be able to make a nice variety of wagers. Below, we discuss the top three bets you’re going to come across when wagering on the Gator Bowl.

Gator Bowl moneyline

The moneyline is relatively easy to understand and often the first bet for newcomers. For the Gator Bowl, there will be two teams squaring off with hopes of taking home the win. Each side will have a number indicating its odds. The team with the negative number — such as -190 — is the favorite. Here’s an example of what a moneyline bet might look like at DK Sportsbook:

Tennessee Volunteers(+115)
NC State Wolfpack(-135)

What we see here is the oddsmakers have NC State as a slight favorite to win this game. The Volunteers are the underdogs, though not by a lot. The farther apart the two moneyline odds are, the more of a blowout the books are expecting.

For odds like these, the negative numbers indicate that a bet of that amount would win a profit of $100 if it’s correct. For NC State at -135, that means a $135 bet could potentially pay out $235 — the original bet plus the $100 in profit.

For underdogs, the positive number indicates how much you could potentially win on a $100 bet. So, for Tennessee, you could wager $100, and if the Volunteers win, you would take home $215, which is the original stake returned to you plus $115 in winnings.

Gator Bowl point spread

The point spread, in a sense, aims to make the game more even, so a bet on the underdog has roughly the same likelihood of winning as a bet on the favorite.

To do this, oddsmakers will set an estimated margin of victory. The favorite has to win by more than that number for bets on that side to win. Any other outcome — either winning by fewer points or losing outright — would mean that bets on the underdog would win. A spread bet at FD Sportsbook might look like this:

Florida Gators+7.5 (-110)
Clemson Tigers-7.5 (-110)

We can see that the oddsmakers have the Tigers favored by 7.5 points. This means they need to win by eight points or more for bets on them to win. If they do, a bet of $110 would pay out $210, which is the same payout for successful bets on the Gators.

So what’s with the half-point? In point spreads and totals, you will often see half-points to eliminate the possibility of a bet ending up tied. If the sportsbook had listed the betting spread at seven points, for example, and the Tigers had won by exactly seven, then the book would have had to void all bets and return the wagers.

Gator Bowl total

The totals bet, which you may also see as the over/under, doesn’t ask you to determine which team will win. For this bet, that doesn’t matter. What matters is the total number of points the two teams combine to score. The sportsbook will set a line before the game, and you can bet whether the actual total will be over or under that line.

You might see a listing that looks something like this on the BetMGM mobile app in Florida:

Over73.5 (-110)
Under73.5 (-110)

If you bet the over, you predict a combined score of 74 or more. If the two teams score 73 or fewer, then wagers on the under would win.

How to bet on the Gator Bowl live

For Florida sports bettors who also greatly enjoy watching the games, live betting is something to check out. Also called in-game betting, this lets you wager on the game while it is happening.

Some of the live prop bets you might come across include the following:

  • Which team will score the most first-half points?
  • Which player will score the next touchdown?
  • Will there be a defensive touchdown in this quarter?
  • Will there be a fourth-quarter comeback victory?

And the list can go on from there. It comes down to which online sportsbook you’re using and what that book offers for live betting. Some will be more robust than others, so you’ll want to do some research before you decide which online sportsbook you want to sign up with.

Opening an online betting account in Florida

Signing up for an account with a Florida online sportsbook is easy and, best of all, it’s free. Once you’ve decided which sportsbook you’d like to try, head to that book’s website to register. You’ll need to provide it with personal details such as your name, address, Social Security number, phone number, etc. Then you’ll need to accept the terms and conditions before you’re able to move on.

At this point, you can make your initial deposit into your account, collect any FL sportsbook bonuses or promotions, and then you’re ready to start betting. The process is so easy that, for the purposes of line shopping, you can sign up at multiple sportsbooks if you wish. Multiple accounts at the various Florida sportsbooks will let you shop the best odds for any bets you want to place.

Remember that while you can access your account from anywhere with an internet connection, you cannot actually place any bets unless you are located within Florida state lines. The sportsbooks use geolocation software to verify your location every time you log in, which prevents you from being able to make bets while in other states where betting may not yet be legal.

2024 Gator Bowl details

Below are the details for the next Gator Bowl:

Gator Bowl

  • Date: Dec. 30, 2022
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Teams: TBA
  • Stadium (capacity): TIAA Bank Field (67,814; expandable to 82,000)
  • Conference tie-ins: ACC (including Notre Dame) and SEC
  • Sponsorship history: Mazda (1986-91), Outback Steakhouse (1992-95), Toyota (1996-2006), Konica Minolta (2007-10), Progressive Insurance (2011) and (2012-current)

Where does the Gator Bowl take place?

The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl will take place at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The stadium has been in operation since Aug. 18, 1995, and was built at a cost of $121 million ($211 million in 2020 dollars). It is located at 1 TIAA Bank Field Drive. The city of Jacksonville owns it, and ASM Global is in charge of operations.

How to watch the Gator Bowl

The Gator Bowl will air nationally on ESPN and kick off an entire slate of college bowl games throughout the New Year’s weekend. You can usually get ESPN as part of your cable or satellite services, but for those who have cut ties with such providers and rely on the internet for streaming your entertainment, there are also options.

You should be able to get access to the game through one of the following online streaming services: YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling or AT&T Now.

Keep in mind that streaming services often have a slight delay when compared to broadcast television. This means that if you’re live betting, you could end up behind the action. Delays can be between 30 seconds to a minute, depending on the service, so be aware of that when deciding where and how you’ll be watching the Gator Bowl.

Gator Bowl stats & records

  1. The Gator Bowl is the sixth-oldest continually played college football bowl game in the country.
  2. The high score by a single team in the game is 52, which happened twice. The first time was in 2011 when Mississippi State defeated Michigan, and the second was in 2018 with Texas A&M topping NC State.
  3. For margin of victory, the biggest was 41 points. In 1996, when Syracuse defeated Clemson 41-0.
  4. The most rushing yards by a single player in a Gator Bowl is 236. Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams accomplished the feat in 2018 against NC State.
  5. The passing record is held by Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, who in 2008 threw for 407 yards against Virginia.
  6. For receiving, Andre Rison pulled down 252 yards when his Michigan State Spartans played Georgia in 1989.
  7. Florida State quarterback Steve Tensi and receiver Fred Biletnikoff had a record-setting day when the Seminoles played Oklahoma in January 1965. Tensi threw for a record-setting five touchdowns, and Biletnikoff hauled in a record five receiving touchdowns.
  8. The oldest record on file for the Gator Bowl came from the 1946 game between South Carolina and Wake Forest. South Carolina’s Charlie Brembs set the record for longest interception return after scampering 90 yards with the stolen pass.
  9. In 2010, the Gator Bowl set its record for attendance, as 84,129 turned out for Florida State and West Virginia.
  10. The Florida Gators and Clemson Tigers share the record for most appearances by a single team. Each has played in nine Gator Bowls. The two teams have never played each other, however. Clemson’s first appearance was in 1949 against Missouri, and its most recent appearance was 2009 versus Nebraska. Florida first arrived at the Gator Bowl in 1953 against Tulsa and most recently in 2012 against Ohio State.