How does it work?: The College Football bowl season runs from the beginning of December until the National Championship game in early January. There are 40+ bowl games that the contestant must select a winner. For Bowl Mania, there are two possible scoring systems that can be chosen. We describe each below.
Strategy: Our numbers in the analysis table are based on the strategy of maximizing score. Thus, we always take the favorites and assign the confidence level by giving the most points to the team with highest odds of winning. In the case of ties, we present the confidence level as the average and leave you to choose which game to assign higher confidence.
How to Play
The college bowl pick’em game can be played under two scoring systems on ESPN. The simplest approach is to make picks for the winner of each game, and you are scored based on the number of correct picks. The second scoring system requires you to both make picks and provide your confidence by ranking the games in the order of most to least likely to be correct. This adds a little more of a twist in the scoring to makes things more interesting. Click here for more information on how to sign up and play.
In our analysis table below, we have provided you with a good starting point for making your own picks. These are our recommended picks based on a combination of odds for each game using DRatings and 5Dimes.
For those using the confidence based scoring system, be aware that you must make your pick and confidence before each game begins. Be sure to read the rules here for more information on scoring, when the games lock, and how ties will be handled.
There is obviously some strategy involved in picking confidence since we do not know who will play in the National Championship game. For our pick on that game, we used a weighted average of all the possible scenarios to provide you with the current expectation on who is likely to win in case you want to go ahead and make all your picks and confidence selections now. Of course it’s likely better to wait on this game as far as the winner goes, but you may want to go ahead and lock the confidence position ahead of time or if you’re fully uncertain then you can always make this one have the lowest confidence.
2018-2019 College Football Bowl Mania Predictions
2017-2018 Bowl Season Pick Results
|North Carolina A&T Aggies||53.4%||6||Win|
|Western Kentucky Hilltoppers||65.7%||26||Loss|
|Colorado State Rams||64.5%||22||Loss|
|Arkansas State Red Wolves||61%||19||Loss|
|Florida Atlantic Owls||88.4%||41||Win|
|Southern Methodist Mustangs||67.1%||29||Loss|
|South Florida Bulls||56.7%||13||Win|
|San Diego State Aztecs||70.3%||32||Loss|
|Duke Blue Devils||65.6%||25||Win|
|Kansas State Wildcats||54.9%||9||Win|
|Florida State Seminoles||86.2%||40||Win|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys||64.1%||21||Win|
|TCU Horned Frogs||56.9%||15||Win|
|Washington State Cougars||54.7%||8||Loss|
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons||59.9%||18||Win|
|North Carolina State Wolfpack||69.9%||30||Win|
|Utah State Aggies||63.4%||20||Loss|
|Ohio State Buckeyes||71.3%||33||Win|
|Penn State Nittany Lions||56.6%||12||Win|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||53.7%||7||Win|
|Alabama vs Clemson Win||55%||10||Win|
2017-2018 College Football Bowl Mania Results
|Total Possible Points (TPP):||861|
|Expected Points:||589.4||Actual Points:||494||Point Diff:||-95.4|
|Projected Wins:||26.0||Actual Wins:||24||Win Diff:||-2.0|
|Projected Losses:||15.0||Actual Losses:||17|
2016-2017 College Football Bowl Mania Results
|Total Possible Points (TPP):||903|
|Expected Points:||645.2||Actual Points:||615||Point Diff:||-30.2|
|Projected Wins:||28.0||Actual Wins:||26||Win Diff:||-2.0|
|Projected Losses:||14.0||Actual Losses:||16|
2015-2016 College Football Bowl Mania Results
|Total Possible Points (TPP):||903|
|Expected Points:||626.3||Actual Points:||678||Point Diff:||+51.7|
|Projected Wins:||27.3||Actual Wins:||29||Win Diff:||+1.7|
|Projected Losses:||14.7||Actual Losses:||13|