Betting on the Fiesta Bowl

College football bowl season is a time of joy for many fans and a time of despair for those who had teams miss an invitation. For football fans in Arizona, one of the biggest bowl games of the year is played right in Glendale on the New Year’s Day slate. Every year, millions of viewers tune in to catch the Fiesta Bowl and the exciting football the game brings.

For bettors, the Fiesta Bowl offers up a chance to wager on some of the best teams in the country, especially every three years when the game acts as a semifinal on the road to the National Championship.

So fire up your favorite online or mobile sportsbook and get in on the action here in Arizona when the Fiesta Bowl will actually be played twice during 2022: on Jan. 1 and Dec. 31. Read on for more information about the bowl game and how to wager on it.

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Fiesta Bowl odds

Before you place any wagers on the Fiesta Bowl, or any event, for that matter, make sure you do some shopping and get the best odds for the bets you intend to make. Why wager and not maximize your potential return? Simply check out the Fiesta Bowl betting odds available at the various sportsbooks.

Below we have an odds feed that will help you out. Once the teams playing in the game have been announced, the feed is automatically updated with the newest information, keeping you current on all things Fiesta Bowl. Bookmark this page and check back often to stay on top of the best information available to the public, updated instantly through the top Arizona sportsbooks.

How to watch the Fiesta Bowl

If you’re the kind of bettor who likes to watch the game you’re wagering on, then you’ll be happy to know the Fiesta Bowl is one of the most-watched college bowl games of the year.

Here’s a quick breakdown of your viewing options:

  • With a TV provider: You can catch the Fiesta Bowl on ESPN, which also means you can view it on WatchESPN or the ESPN app. You’ll need to provide your service provider login credentials.
  • Without a TV provider: You’ll be able to catch the Fiesta Bowl via YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV.

Fiesta Bowl venue

The Fiesta Bowl is hosted annually in Glendale, Arizona, which is also the home of the Arizona Cardinals. The NFL team and the college bowl share the same stadium when their respective game day arrives: State Farm Stadium. Here are a few key details about the venue.

  • Name: State Farm Stadium
  • Location: One Cardinals Drive, Glendale, AZ 85305
  • Groundbreaking: April 12, 2003
  • Opening day: Aug. 1, 2006
  • Renovations: 2014 and 2017
  • Capacity: 63,400, and expandable to 72,200 and 78,600 standing room
  • Attendance record: 78,603 (Jan. 10, 2011 — BCS National Championship game, Auburn Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks)
  • Surface: Natural grass
  • Other notable events: Arizona Cardinals home games

Common bets to make on the Fiesta Bowl

When it comes to wagering on the Fiesta Bowl, you’ll be faced with the same bet types as any regular-season college or NFL game. The most common types, which are typically the most popular, will be available at nearly any sportsbook you choose.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the various bet types for the Fiesta Bowl.

Moneyline

This is probably the most popular wager for new bettors. That’s because it is the easiest to understand and the easiest to research, for the most part. A moneyline bet is simply a head-to-head matchup where you, the bettor, are asked to choose which team will win. The favorites to win a game in a sportsbook will come with negative odds (such as -110) and the underdog will have positive odds (like +130). If you’re right about which team will win, your payout will be calculated based on the odds and your wager amount.

A moneyline bet might look something like this at BetMGM Arizona:

  • Oregon Ducks (-110)
  • Auburn Tigers (+130)

Oregon is favored to win here, and to win $100, you would need to wager $110. For Auburn, a winning $100 bet would bring home $130.

Point spread

Experienced bettors have made the point spread bet one of their preferred go-to wagers. The idea behind the bet type is a sportsbook picks a favorite (like we mentioned above) and then assigns “points” to the underdog to even the playing field a little. Here’s a quick example of a spread bet you might see at DraftKings Arizona:

  • Oregon Ducks -13.5 (-110)
  • Auburn Tigers +13.5 (-110)

What you’re seeing is the oddsmakers expect Oregon to win by at least 14 points. If they lose or win by fewer than 14, then bets on them would be losers. Now, the Tigers either need to win outright or lose by fewer than 14 points to have wagers on them to win.

Totals

Also commonly known as over/unders, totals bets don’t require you to pick a winner of the game. Instead, the sportsbook will provide a prediction for the total number of points they think the two teams combined will score in a game. Essentially, the final score of each team is added together. You are tasked with choosing whether those two teams will score more, or over, that amount, or whether they will score fewer points, or under, the amount.

We’ll keep using the Ducks and Tigers as an example, and say Fanduel Arizona expects Oregon to win, 31-17. They might create a line that looks like this:

  • Over: 47.5 (-110)
  • Under: 47.5 (-110)

If you think the two defenses will keep the score down, you might go with the under here. But if those offenses are really clipping along, the over would be the way to go in many cases.

What teams play in the Fiesta Bowl?

The Fiesta Bowl has long been considered one of the more prestigious games in college football, even serving as the National Championship game in the past. Now, every three years, the bowl game is used as one of the semifinal contests for the teams vying for the National Championship.

In those years—the next being Dec. 31, 2022—the game is part of the “New Year’s Six” bowl games slate, and the two teams participating are determined by the College Football Playoff Committee.

In the non-playoff years, the Fiesta Bowl participants are selected by a committee specifically charged with inviting two of the best teams in the country. While not everyone agrees with their selections all the time, the bowl has become synonymous with quality football due to its top-tier teams.

When will the Fiesta Bowl next be a playoff game?

The next time will actually be the second time the Fiesta Bowl is played in 2022.

You read that right: there are two iterations of the Fiesta Bowl in 2022. The first is the final game of the 2021-22 season and will be played on Jan. 1, 2022. That game is not a playoff contest. The second will be played Dec. 31, 2022 and will serve as one of the New Year’s Six games. That one is a semifinal contest in the College Football Playoff.

The last time the Fiesta Bowl was a semifinal game was on Dec. 28, 2019 when the Clemson Tigers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 29-23 in front of 71,330 fans.

Past Fiesta Bowl results

The Fiesta Bowl is consistently one of the top bowl games each season. Below we have a list of past Fiesta Bowl contests going back to the 2010 season.

DateWinnerRunner Up
Jan. 2, 2021No. 12 Iowa State 34No. 25 Oregon 17
Dec. 28, 2019 - CFP semifinalNo. 3 Clemson 29No. 2 Ohio State 23
Jan. 1, 2019No. 11 LSU 40No. 7 UCF 32
Dec. 30, 2017No. 9 Penn State 35No. 12 Washington 28
Jan. 1, 2016No. 7 Ohio State 44No. 8 Notre Dame 28
Dec. 31, 2016 - CFP semifinalNo. 3 Clemson 31No. 2 Ohio State 0
Jan. 1 2014No. 15 UCF 52No. 6 Baylor 42
Dec. 31, 2014No. 21 Boise State 38No. 12 Arizona 30
Jan. 3, 2013No. 5 Oregon 35No. 7 Kansas State 17
Jan. 2, 2012No. 3 Oklahoma State 41No. 4 Standford 38 (OT)
Jan. 1, 2011No. 9 Oklahoma 48No. 25 Connecticut 20
Jan. 4, 2010 No. 6 Boise State 17No. 3 TCU 10

Notable Fiesta Bowl moments

When a game carries as much storied history as the Fiesta Bowl (dating all the way back to Dec. 27, 1971), there are bound to be some impressive moments. We’ve curated a list of our five favorites in Fiesta Bowl history.

  1. Saquon Barkley makes history: There’s very little doubt that Barkley is an absolute unit of a human being. In college, it was like watching a full-grown man playing on the local playground at times. That was on display in the Fiesta Bowl in 2017 when he scored a record 92-yard touchdown.
  2. Santonio Holmes’ record-setting TD: You either love Ohio State or you hate them. Notre Dame fans no doubt fell into the latter category in 2006 when Holmes made history with this touchdown reception.
  3. Hook and ladder: If you can’t enjoy some classic football plays, then what can you enjoy? Boise State pulled out the ol’ hook and ladder play against Oklahoma for a nice touchdown in 2007.
  4. Double OT National Championship: In 2003, Miami was riding a 34-game winning streak and looked to extend that to 35 with a victory over Ohio State in the BCS Championship. However, the Buckeyes came in ready for the challenge. When start Hurricanes running back Willis McGahee went down with a brutal knee injury in the fourth quarter, Miami couldn’t close things out and lost in double overtime.
  5. Last-second victory: Close games are always fun, but last-second victories are exhilarating. Take this Texas comeback against Ohio State when Colt McCoy found Quan Cosby for a 26-yard score. How did he not get tackled right after the catch? Impressive play that broke Buckeyes fans’ hearts.