2021 Bowl Game Results, Records by Conference: Pac-12 Goes Winless, SEC Closes Strong

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Bowl season has just about come to an end. Long live bowl season.

The Big 12, AAC and Mountain West were the unofficial conference winners, going a combined 11-5 with each winning 66% of its games.

The Big Ten saved its bowl season with Ohio State’s 48-45 win over Utah. It left the Pac-12 winless in five bowl tries.

The SEC made up for its poor start with two more wins Saturday to finish 5-6, though Ole Miss dropped the Sugar Bowl to Baylor. And it put both teams in the national title game.

We tracked conference bowl performance both straight-up and against the spread (via Bet Labs).

2021 Bowl Records by Conference

Conference Straight-Up ATS
Conference USA 3-5 4-4
MAC 3-5 4-4
AAC 3-1 3-1
Independent 2-2 1-3
Mountain West 5-1 4-2
Sun Belt 3-1 2-2
Pac-12 0-5 1-4
Big Ten 6-4 5-4-1
Big 12 5-2 5-2
SEC 5-7 5-6-1
ACC 2-4 2-4

Results for Favorites/Underdogs

Straight-Up ATS
Favorites 27-10 21-15-1
Underdogs 10-27 15-21-1
Overs/Unders 18-19 N/A

Results for Every Bowl Game

 

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Middle Tennessee 31, Toledo 24 MTSU +9
Coastal Carolina 47, Northern Illinois 41 NIU +11.5
Western Kentucky 59, Appalachian State 38 WKU +2
Fresno State 31, UTEP 24 UTEP +12.5
UAB 31, BYU 28 UAB +5.5
Liberty 56, Eastern Michigan 20 Liberty -9.5
Utah State 24, Oregon State 13 USU +7.5
ULL 36, Marshall 21 ULL -4.5
Tulsa 30, Old Dominion 17 Tulsa -8.5
Wyoming 52, Kent State 38 WYO -3.5
SDSU 38, UTSA 24 SDSU -2.5
Army 24, Missouri 22 Mizzou +7
Miami Ohio 27, North Texas 14 MOH -1.5
UFC 29, Florida 17 UCF +7
Georgia State 51, Ball State 20 GSU -5.5
Western Michigan 52, Nevada 25 WMU -7
Houston 17, Auburn 13 Houston -1.5
Air Force 31, Louisville 28 AF -1.5
Texas Tech 34, Miss. State 7 TTU +10
Minnesota 18, WVU 6 Minn. -5.5
Maryland 54, Va. Tech 10 MD -4.5
Clemson 20, Iowa State 13 Clem -1.5
Oklahoma 47, Oregon 32 Okla. -7
South Carolina 38, UNC 21 SC +13
Purdue 48, Tennessee 45 Purdue +8.5
Michigan State 31, Pitt 21 MSU -3.5
Wisconsin 20, Arizona State 13 ASU +7.5
Wake Forest 38, Rutgers 10 WF -17.5
Central Michigan 24, Wash. State 21 CMU +6.5
Alabama 27, Cincinnati 6 Bama -13
Georgia 34, Michigan 11 UGA -7.5
Arkansas 24, Penn State 10 Ark -3
Kentucky 20, Iowa 17 UK -3
Oklahoma State 37, Notre Dame 35 OKST -1
Ohio State 48, Utah 45 Utah +4
Baylor 21, Ole Miss 7 Baylor +1
Kansas State 42, LSU 20 KSU -9.5

Bowl Performance Since 2005 

Records entering 2021 bowl season.

Against the Spread

The SEC had been the best conference in the country against the spread entering this bowl season, returning bettors 9.2% on their investment across every game.

The MAC has always been a popular fade in bowl season, and for good reason. They’re just 31-45-4 against the spread since 2005.

Conference ATS Record ROI
SEC 88-70-1 9.2%
MWC 49-40-0 6.8%
Independent 23-17-0 10.9%
Big East 23-18-1 9%
Big Ten 66-63-1 -0.2%
Sun Belt 27-26-2 -0.8%
CUSA 52-50-1 -1.3%
WAC 13-15-1 -10.7%
ACC 72-71-3 -2.2%
American Athletic 22-31-0 -18.6%
Pac-12 50-59-0 -10.6%
Big 12 53-64-0 -11.7%
MAC 31-45-4 -19.7%

Straight-Up Results

Using moneyline results gives us another look into conference performance. Again, the MAC has been a complete disaster — just 10 of 56 underdogs have won outright and favorites are 13-11.

The Sun Belt has actually been the best for bettors (of any active conference anyway — RIP Big East Football).

The Big 12 has been much better straight-up than against the spread, but is buoyed by a pair of huge upsets — Oklahoma (+613) over Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl; Texas Tech (+644) over Arizona State that same year; and, Texas (+440) over an unmotivated Georgia team in 2019.

Conference Straight-Up ROI
SEC 101-58-0 11.7%
Big 12 61-56-0 12.7%
Sun Belt 33-22-0 26.8%
MWC 51-38-0 15.4%
Big East 27-15-0 28.8%
Conference USA 50-53-0 6%
Independent 22-18-0 14.2%
Big Ten 57-73-0 -1.4%
WAC 12-17-0 -18.5%
AAC 20-33-0 -22.5%
ACC 64-82-0 -11.6%
Pac-12 55-54-0 -17.5%
MAC 23-57-0 -40.7%

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