2023 Cotton Bowl Odds - Tulane vs. USC Betting

Cotton Bowl Classic Odds - Tulane vs. USC

2023 Cotton Bowl NCAA Football Betting

The Tulane Green Wave will make its 15th bowl appearance in school history with a chance to top off a noteworthy season for the program. Tulane ranks 27th in yards per play versus FBS opponents and will look to capitalize off their AAC Championship victory over UCF. The Green Wave allowed 22.2 points per game to FBS opponents but could be tested in the Cotton Bowl. Meanwhile, the USC Trojans may have missed a playoff berth, but they will head to their 55th bowl appearance in school history. USC averaged the fourth-most yards per play against FBS opponents this season, with stellar play from their quarterback as the spark. Despite falling to Utah in the PAC-12 title game, Caleb Williams ended the season by throwing for 363 yards and three touchdowns despite being hobbled by the late stretch of the contest.

2023 Cotton Bowl Classic at a Glance

Date: Monday, January 2, 2023

Time (ET) / TV: 1:00 PM / ESPN

Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Matchup: Tulane Green Wave vs. USC Trojans

College Football Betting Lines

Tulane Green Wave TBA

USC Trojans TBA

Total: TBA

Cotton Bowl Classic Preview

Last game, the USC Trojans lost 47[-24 against the Utah Utes as 2.5-point favorites. The game went over the total of 67. USC has a record of 11-2 straight up, 8-5 against the spread, and 10-3 over/under the total. USC ranks 5th for total offense, 5th for passing, 51st for rushing and 3rd for scoring. Defensively they rank 102nd overall, 111th against the pass, 62nd against the rush, and 81st for points allowed. Also, USC ranks 5th for fewest turnovers lost and 2nd for takeaways.

Last game, the Tulane Green Wave won 45-28 against the UCF Knights as 3.5-point road dogs. The game went over the total of 56.5. Tulane has a record of 11-2 straight up, 11-2 against the spread, and 7-6 over/under the total. Tulane ranks 34th for total offense, 58th for passing, 31st for rushing, and 21st for scoring. Defensively they rank 31st overall, 18th against the pass, 73rd against the rush, and 26th for points allowed. Also, Tulane ranks 112th for fewest turnovers lost and 57th for takeaways.

Cotton Bowl Classic Prediction

In this situation, most public money will be on the name-brand USC Trojans. Tulane will be a strong value with the offense that can take advantage of the weak USC defense.

Cotton Bowl Classic Format

The Cotton Bowl began in 1937, and the matchup currently features schools from the Big 12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The game takes place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as the previous venue for this contest was the Cotton Bowl in Dallas from 1937-2009. This game was named the Mobil Cotton Bowl, Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic, SBC Communications Cotton Bowl Classic, and AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic before Goodyear obtained sponsorship rights in 2015.

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Cotton Bowl Classic Past Results

2021 Alabama Cincinnati 27-6
2020 Oklahoma Florida 55-20
2019 Penn State Memphis 53-39
2018 Clemson Notre Dame 30-3
2017 Ohio State USC 24-7
2017 Wisconsin Western Michigan 24-16
2015 Alabama Michigan State 38-0
2015 Michigan State Baylor 42-41
2014 Missouri Oklahoma State 41-31
2013 Texas A&M Oklahoma 41-13
2012 Arkansas Kansas State 29-16
2011 LSU Texas A&M 41-24
2010 Mississippi Oklahoma State 21-7
2009 Mississippi Texas Tech 47-34
2008 Missouri Arkansas 38-7
2007 Auburn Nebraska 13-10
2006 Alabama Texas Tech 38-7
2005 Tennessee Texas A&M 31-28
2004 Mississippi Oklahoma State 35-20
2003 Texas LSU 10-3
2002 Oklahoma Arkansas 35-21
2001 Kansas State Tennessee 35-21
2000 Arkansas Texas 27-6

The Cotton Bowl has not been one of the more competitive bowl games through the years. The game has not seen a margin of a touchdown or less since 2015. It is amazing when you go back and look over the numbers, as there have been only four games in the last 21 years with a margin of a touchdown or less.

In 2018, Clemson punished Notre Dame in another lopsided semifinal playoff game, 30-3. Favorites have won in 11 of the last 14 installments of this game. In comparison, the under has now connected in four of the last five in this bowl game.

Penn State took care of Memphis in 2019 as seven-point favorites, 53-39, marking the first time since USC in 1994 that a team has busted the 50-point mark in a Cotton Bowl.

In 2020, Oklahoma routed Florida by a 55-20 score as the favorite cashed, with the 'over' hitting, too. It was the second season a team went for 50 or more points in the Cotton Bowl.

We had a Group of Five team in the 2021 Cotton Bowl Classic, as Cincinnati was the No. 4 seed in the CFP. The Bearcats were no match for No. 1 seed Alabama, as the Crimson Tide rolled to a 27-6 rout. The 33 total points were the least combined points since 2017 when Ohio State topped USC 24-7.

Most All-Time Wins

11 Texas 1942, 1945, 1952, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1981, 1998, 2002
5 Alabama 1941, 1980, 2005, 2015, 2021
5 Texas A&M 1940, 1967, 1985, 1987, 2012
5 Notre Dame 1970, 1977, 1978, 1992, 1993
4 Arkansas 1964, 1975, 1999, 2012
4 Mississippi 1955, 2003, 2008, 2009

With its ties to the Lone Star State, it’s not surprising to find Texas teams heavily represented in the Cotton Bowl’s long history. Texas, a powerhouse in the old SWC and now the Big 12, has nearly double the appearances of any other team with 22 trips to the Cotton Bowl. The Longhorns easily have the most victories as well, with 11.

However, Texas hasn’t played here since the 2002 season, as the program’s prolonged downturn coincided with a shift in the college football landscape.

2022-23 College Football Bowl Games

Dec. 16 Bahamas Bowl 11:30 AM / ESPN Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB
Dec. 16 Cure Bowl 3:00 PM / ESPN Troy vs. UTSA
Dec. 17 Fenway Bowl 11:00 AM / ESPN Cincinnati vs. Louisville
Dec. 17 Celebration Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Jackson State vs. North Carolina Central
Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl 2:15 PM / ESPN BYU vs. SMU
Dec. 17 LA Bowl 3:30 PM / ABC Fresno State vs. Washington State
Dec. 17 Lendingtree Bowl 5:45 PM / ESPN Southern Miss vs. Rice
Dec. 17 Las Vegas Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Florida vs. Oregon State
Dec. 17 Frisco Bowl 9:15 PM / ESPN Boise State vs. North Texas
Dec. 19 Myrtle Beach Bowl 2:30 PM / ESPN UConn vs. Marshall
Dec. 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN San Jose State vs. Eastern Michigan
Dec. 20 Boca Raton Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Toledo vs. Liberty
Dec. 21 New Orleans Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN South Alabama vs. Western Kentucky
Dec. 22 Armed Forces Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Air Force vs. Baylor
Dec. 23 Independence Bowl 3:00 PM / ESPN Houston vs. Louisiana
Dec. 23 Gasparilla Bowl 6:30 PM / ESPN Missouri vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN Middle Tennessee vs. San Diego State
Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl 2:30 PM / ESPN New Mexico State vs. Bowling Green
Dec. 27 Camellia Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Georgia Southern vs. Buffalo
Dec. 27 First Responder Bowl 3:15 PM / ESPN Utah State vs. Memphis
Dec. 27 Birmingham Bowl 6:45 PM / ESPN East Carolina vs. Coastal Carolina
Dec. 27 Guaranteed Rate Bowl 10:15 PM / ESPN Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma State
Dec. 28 Military Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Duke vs. UCF
Dec. 28 Liberty Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Arkansas vs. Kansas
Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl 8:00 PM / FOX Oregon vs. North Carolina
Dec. 28 Texas Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss
Dec. 29 Pinstripe Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Syracuse vs. Minnesota
Dec. 29 Cheez-It Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Florida State vs. Oklahoma
Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Washington vs. Texas
Dec. 30 Duke's Mayo Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Maryland vs. NC State
Dec. 30 Sun Bowl 2:00 PM / CBS Pitt vs. UCLA
Dec. 30 Gator Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN Notre Dame vs. South Carolina
Dec. 30 Arizona Bowl 4:30 PM (Barstool) Ohio vs. Wyoming
Dec. 30 Orange Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN Clemson vs. Tennessee
Dec. 31 Music City Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Kentucky vs. Iowa
Dec. 31 Sugar Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Alabama vs. Kansas State
Dec. 31 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl 4:00 PM / ESPN No. 1 Georgia vs. No 4. Ohio State
Dec. 31 VRBO Fiesta Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU
Jan. 2 ReliaQuest Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN2 Illinois vs. Mississippi State
Jan. 2 Cotton Bowl 1:00 PM / ESPN USC vs. Tulane
Jan. 2 Citrus Bowl 1:00 PM / ABC LSU vs. Purdue
Jan. 2 Rose Bowl 5:00 PM / ESPN Penn State vs. Utah
Jan. 9 CFP National Championship Game TBD / ESPN CFP Semifinals Winners

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