When it comes to handicapping bowl games, there’s a lot of different factors you have to take into account. In this article I’m going to focus on how teams respond against the betting odds after playing in their league title game.

Performance of Conf Championship Game Winners/Losers in Bowl Games

I’ve went all the way back to the 2000 campaign and compiled the numbers. Below you will find a list of every conference winner and loser (each have own list) and how they performed in bowl play. I’ve included both the SU and ATS records. As well as their postseason opponent, betting line and final score.

Handicapping Tip

I believe that bowl games are more about motivation than the actual talent on the field. There’s no question that winning or losing a championship contest can add or take away motivation.

The key thing to keep in mind is you have to look at how the win/loss impacted what bowl game they are in. It’s no secret that the playoffs are the ultimate goal, but that’s not all that matters. There’s several other big bowls that teams get excited to play for.

The biggest thing I look for is whether or not a loss had an impact on a team potentially making the playoffs. If so, the chances of this team showing up in any other bowl is unlikely. I also want to note that this goes for any team who suffered a defeat late in the year that knocked them out of contention. Regardless if they play in their leagues title game, they typically won’t show up.

For the Group of 5 schools, be sure to check if a loss cost them that coveted New Year’s Six bowl spot.

While I like to focus more on fading teams that lose their title game, I don’t ignore the winners. You just have to dig a little deeper. Click on the following link to get a full list of this year’s bowl predictions.

Bowl History: Performance of Conference Title Winners & Losers

Losers

YearTeamOpponentConf.LineScoreW/LATS
2019UABAppalachian StateCUSA+16.5
2019Central MichiganSan Diego StateMAC+3.5
2019UL-LafayetteMiami (OH)SB-14
2019HawaiiBYUMWC+2
2019CincinnatiBoston CollegeAAC-7
2019Baylor*GeorgiaB12+7.5
2019VirginiaFloridaACC+14.5
2019Georgia*BaylorSEC-7.5
2019WisconsinOregonB10-2.5
2019UtahTexasP12-7.5
2018Middle TennesseeAppalachian StateCUSA+713-45LL
2018UL-LafayetteTulaneSB+324-41LL
2018Boise StateBoston CollegeMWCNANANANA
2018MemphisWake ForestAAC-334-37LL
2018Northwestern*UtahB10+6.531-20WW
2018Texas*GeorgiaB12+1128-21WW
2018PittsburghStanfordACC+313-14LW
2018Georgia*TexasSEC-1121-28LL
2018BuffaloTroyMAC-132-42LL
2018Utah*NorthwesternP12-6.520-31LL
2017North TexasTroyCUSA+630-50LL
2017AkronFlorida AtlanticMAC+223-50LL
2017Fresno StateHoustonMWC+233-27WW
2017MemphisIowa StateAAC-3.520-21LL
2017Wisconsin*MiamiB10-6.534-24WW
2017TCU*StanfordB12-2.53-14LL
2017AuburnUCFSEC-1027-34LL
2017Miami*WisconsinACC+6.524-34LL
2017StanfordTCUP12+2.514-3WW
2016Louisiana Tech*NavyC-USA-648-45WL
2016OhioTroyMAC+523-28LP
2016WyomingBYUMWC+9.521-24LW
2016Navy*Louisiana TechAAC+645-48LW
2016Virginia TechArkansasACC-7.535-24WW
2016ColoradoOklahoma StP12-38-38LL
2016WisconsinWestern MichiganB10-824-16WP
2016FloridaIowaSEC-2.530-3WW
2015North CarolinaStanfordACC+2.523-25LW
2015IowaUSCB10+6.516-45LL
2015Southern MissWashingtonC-USA+831-44LL
2015Northern IllinoisBoise StateMAC+87-55LL
2015Air ForceCaliforniaMWC+6.536-55LL
2015USCWisconsinP12-3.521-23LL
2015FloridaMichiganSEC+47-41LL
2015TempleToledoAAC-217-32LL
2014WisconsinAuburnB10+634-31WW
2014MissouriTCUSEC+3.53-42LL
2014Georgia TechMississippi StateACC+749-34WW
2014ArizonaBoise StateP12-330-38LL
2014Fresno StateRiceMWC+130-6LL
2014Louisiana TechIllinoisC-USA-6.535-18WW
2014Bowling GreenSouth AlabamaMAC+2.533-28WW
2013Arizona StateTexas TechP12-1623-37LL
2013MissouriGeorgia TechSEC-325-17WW
2013Ohio StateClemsonB10-235-40LL
2013DukeTexas A&MACC+1248-52LW
2013Northern Illinois*Utah StateMAC+114-21LL
2013Utah State*Northern IllinoisMWC-121-14WW
2013MarshallMarylandC-USA-331-20WW
2012Nebraska*GeorgiaBig 10+9.531-45LL
2012Georgia*NebraskaSEC-9.545-31WW
2012Kent StateArkansas StMAC-413-17LL
2012Georgia TechUSCACC+7.521-7WW
2012UCLABaylorPac-12-226-49LL
2012UCFBall StateC-USA-7.538-17WW
2011Virginia TechMichiganACC+2.520-23LL
2011HoustonPenn StateC-USA-730-14WW
2011Michigan StateGeorgiaBig 10+2.533-30WW
2011Georgia*Michigan StSEC-2.530-33LL
2011UCLAIllinoisPac-12+314-20LL
2011OhioUtah StateMAC+1.524-23WW
2010Florida State*S. CarolinaACC+326-17WW
2010S. Carolina*Florida StSEC-317-26LL
2010NebraskaWashingtonBig 12-13.519-7LL
2010SMUArmyC-USA-714-16LL
2010N. IllinoisFresno StMAC-240-17WW
2009FloridaCincinnatiSEC-12.554-21WW
2009HoustonAir ForceC-USA-4.520-47LL
2009NebraskaArizonaBig 12-233-12WW
2009ClemsonKentuckyACC-721-13WW
2009OhioMarshallMAC-417-21LL
2008Ball State*TulsaMAC+1.513-45LL
2008Tulsa*Ball StateC-USA-1.545-13WW
2008AlabamaUtahSEC-917-31LL
2008Boston CollegeVanderbiltACC-4.514-16LL
2008MissouriNorthwesternBig 12-1330-23WL
2007TulsaBowling GreenC-USA-663-7WW
2007TennesseeWisconsinSEC-2.521-17WW
2007MissouriArkansasBig 12-438-7WW
2007BCMichigan StateACC-4.524-21WL
2006Ohio*S. MissMAC+628-JulLL
2006S. Miss*OhioC-USA-628-7WW
2006Georgia TechWest VirginiaACC+1035-38LW
2006NebraskaAuburnBig 12+1.514-17LL
2006ArkansasWisconsinSEC-1.514-17LL
2005Virginia TechLouisvilleACC-9.535-24WW
2005LSUMiami (FL)SEC+640-3WW
2005ColoradoClemsonBig 12+10.519-10LW
2005UCFNevadaC-USA+448-49LW
2004TennesseeTexas A&MSEC+4.538-7WW
2004ColoradoUTEPBig 12-433-28WW
2004Miami (OH)Iowa StateMAC-113-17LL
2003OklahomaLSUBig 12-714-21LL
2003GeorgiaPurdueSEC-3.534-27WW
2003Bowling GreenNorthwesternMAC-728-24WL
2002ArkansasMinnesotaSEC-7.514-29LL
2002ColoradoWisconsinBig 12-7.528-31LL
2002ToledoB. CollegeMAC+425-51LL
2001TennesseeMichiganSEC-345-17WW
2001TexasWashingtonBig 12-1347-43WL
2001MarshallEast CarolinaMAC+264-61WW
2000Kansas StateTennesseeBig 12-3.535-21WW
2000AuburnMichiganSEC+7.528-31LW

*Denotes two losers who face each other

Winners

YearTeamOpponentConf.LineScoreW/LATS
2019Florida AtlanticSMUCUSA+3
2019Miami (OH)UL-LafayetteMAC+14
2019Appalachian StateUABSB-16
2019Boise StateWashingtonMWC+3.5
2019MemphisPenn StateAAC+6.5
2019Oklahoma*LSUB12+13.5
2019Clemson*Ohio StateACC-2
2019LSU*OklahomaSEC-13.5
2019Ohio State*ClemsonB10+2
2019OregonWisconsinP12+2.5
2018UABNorthern IllinoisCUSA-237-13WW
2018Appalachian StateMiddle TennesseeSB-745-13WW
2018Fresno StateArizona StateMWC-631-20WW
2018UCFLSUAAC+7.532-40LL
2018Ohio State*WashingtonB10-5.528-23WL
2018OklahomaAlabamaB12+1334-45LW
2018ClemsonNotre DameACC-1230-3WW
2018AlabamaOklahomaSEC-1345-34WL
2018Northern IllinoisUABMAC+213-37LL
2018Washington*Ohio StateP12+5.523-28LW
2017Florida AtlanticAkronCUSA-2250-3WW
2017ToledoAppalachian StateMAC-70-34LL
2017Boise StateOregonMWC+738-28WW
2017UCFAuburnAAC+1034-27WW
2017Ohio State*USCB10-9.524-7WW
2017Oklahoma*GeorgiaB12+248-54LL
2017Georgia*OklahomaSEC-254-48WW
2017ClemsonAlabamaACC+36-24LL
2017USC *Ohio StateP12+9.57-24LL
2016Western KentuckyMemphisC-USA-751-31WW
2016W MichiganWisconsinMAC+816-24LP
2016San Diego StHoustonMWC+4.534-10WW
2016TempleWake ForestAAC-10.526-34LL
2016ClemsonOhio StateACC+231-0WW
2016Washington*AlabamaP12+1424-7LL
2016Penn StateUSCB10+749-52LW
2016Alabama*WashingtonSEC-1424-7WW
2015Clemson*OklahomaACC+337-17WW
2015Michigan State*AlabamaB10+100-38LL
2015Western KentuckySouth FloridaC-USA-345-35WW
2015Bowling GreenGeorgia SouthernMAC-4.527-58LL
2015San Diego StCincinnatiMWC-2.542-7WW
2015StanfordIowaP12-6.545-16WW
2015Alabama*Michigan StSEC-1038-0WW
2015HoustonFlorida StateAAC+738-24WW
2014Ohio State*AlabamaB10+842-35WW
2014Alabama*Ohio StateSEC-835-42LL
2014Florida State*OregonACC+720-59LL
2014Oregon*Florida StateP12-759-20WW
2014Boise StateArizonaMWC+338-30WW
2014Marshall*Northern IllinoisC-USA-9.552-23WW
2014Northern Illinois*MarshallMAC+9.523-52LL
2013Stanford*Michigan StP12-620-24LL
2013Auburn*Florida StateSEC+10.531-34LW
2013Michigan State*StanfordB10+624-20WW
2013Florida StateAuburnACC-10.534-31WL
2013Bowling GreenPittsburghMAC-5.527-30LL
2013Fresno StateUSCMWC+620-45LL
2013RiceMississippi StC-USA+7.57-44LL
2012AlabamaNotre DameSEC-1042-14WW
2012Wisconsin *StanfordB10+5.514-20LL
2012Stanford*WisconsinP12-5.520-14WW
2012N. Illinois*Florida StateMAC+1410-31LL
2012Florida St*N. IllinoisACC-1431-10WW
2012TulsaIowa StateC-USA-1.531-17WW
2011LSUAlabamaSEC+20-21LL
2011N. IllinoisArkansas StMAC+138-20WW
2011ClemsonWest VirginiaACC-2.533-70LL
2011Wisconsin*OregonB10+5.538-45LL
2011Oregon*WisconsinP12-5.545-38WW
2011S. MissNevadaC-USA-7.524-17WL
2010AuburnOregonSEC-122-19WW
2010Miami (OH)Middle TennMAC+135-21WW
2010Virginia TechStanfordACC+3.512-40LL
2010OklahomaConnecticutB12-15.548-20WW
2010UCFGeorgiaC-USA+6.56-10WW
2009Texas*AlabamaB12+421-37LL
2009Alabama*TexasSEC-437-21WW
2009C. MichiganTroyMAC-344-41WP
2009Ga TechIowaACC-514-24LL
2009E. CarolinaArkansasC-USA+717-20LW
2008Oklahoma*FloridaB12+514-24LL
2008Florida*OklahomaSEC-524-14WW
2008BuffaloConnecticutMAC+720-38LL
2008E. CarolinaKentuckyC-USA-619-25LL
2008Virginia TechCincinnatiACC+1320-7WW
2007LSUOhio StateSEC-438-17LW
2007Virginia TechKansasACC-321-24LL
2007OklahomaWest VirginiaB12-728-48LL
2007UCFMississippi StC-USA-210-3LL
2007C. MichiganPurdueMAC+7.548-51WW
2006FloridaOhio StateSEC+741-14WW
2006Wake ForestLouisvilleACC+1013-24LL
2006OklahomaBoise StateB12-7.542-43LL
2006HoustonS. CarolinaC-USA+5.536-44LL
2006C. MichiganMiddle TennMAC-931-14WW
2005TexasUSCB12+741-38WW
2005Florida StPenn StACC+923-26LW
2005GeorgiaWest VirginiaSEC-735-38LL
2005TulsaFresno StateC-USA+7.531-24WW
2005AkronMemphisMAC+431-38LL
2004OklahomaUSCB12+119-55LL
2004AuburnVirginia TechSEC-616-13WL
2004ToledoConnecticutMAC-3.510-39LL
2003LSUOklahomaSEC+721-14WW
2003Kansas StateOhio StateB12-728-35LL
2003Miami (OH)LouisvilleMAC-1449-28WW
2002OklahomaWashington StB12-6.534-14WW
2002GeorgiaFlorida StateSEC-826-13WW
2002MarshallLouisvilleMAC-2.538-15WW
2001LSUIllinoisSEC-247-34WW
2001ColoradoOregonB12-316-38LL
2001ToledoCincinnatiMAC-423-16WW
2000OklahomaFlorida StateB12+1013-2WW
2000FloridaMiami (FL)SEC+720-37LL
2000MarshallCincinnatiMAC+2.525-14WW

*Denotes two winners who face each other