Why Sports Bettors Will Love December This Year

This holiday season brings excitement for sports bettors this year. What can you bet on in the month of December? There are some great choices, highlighted by the final full month of the NFL regular season as teams try to make the playoffs. Can the Kansas City Chiefs overtake the Pittsburgh Steelers for the top spot in the AFC? Will Tom Brady get Tampa Bay to the playoffs? Will the winner of the NFC East finish with a losing record? The NFL will share the football spotlight in December with college football, as the regular season concludes and bowl season kicks off. 

The month of December will also mark the return of the NBA, as the 2020-21 season begins with the Los Angeles Lakers the defending champs.  College basketball will also be in full swing in December, as all of the top teams will be in action. 

December is also a great month for big fights, as Anthony Joshua defends his heavyweight title against Kubrat Puley and the UFC has events on a regular basis, including UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno

Not to be left out when it comes to December sports betting is Champions League and Premier League action, the last two Formula One races of the year, PGA and European Tour events, plus the U.S. Women’s Open in the LPGA. Let’s look at what to bet on in the month of December at BookMaker.

December 2020 Sports Betting Schedule (by sport)

NFL 

The NFL regular season is winding down with Weeks 13-16 of the regular season taking place in the month of December. Teams will be trying to make late season runs to qualify for the playoffs, while other teams will be trying to improve their playoff seeding. Here are some of the marquee games in the month of December in the NFL.

December 3-7 (Week 13 Marquee Games)

Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens – FOX

Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans – CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals – FOX

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – NBC

Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers – ESPN

December 10-13 (Week 14 Marquee Games)

New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams – FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins – CBS

Indianapolis Colts at Las Vegas Raiders – CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills – NBC

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns – ESPN

December 17-21 (Week 15 Marquee Games)

Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders – FOX

Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos – NFL Network

Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers – NFL Network

Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints – CBS

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys – NBC

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals – ESPN

December 25-28 (Week 16 Marquee Games)

Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints – FOX

Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders – CBS

Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers – CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks – CBS

Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers – NBC

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots – ESPN

College Football

The college football regular season concludes in the month of December with a number of key games including Conference Championship Games. Bowl season also begins in December, with the first bowl taking place on December 19. Here are some of the marquee games for each week in the month, all of the Conference Championship Games and all of the bowl games in the month of December.

December 3-5 (Week 14 Marquee Games)

Alabama at Arkansas

Syracuse at Notre Dame

Ohio State at Michigan State

Clemson at Virginia Tech

Texas A&M at Auburn

Florida at Tennessee

Northwestern at Minnesota

Baylor at Oklahoma

December 10-12 (Week 15 Marquee Games)

Notre Dame at Wake Forest

Texas A&M at Tennessee

LSU at Florida

North Carolina at Miami, Florida

Wisconsin at Iowa

USC at UCLA

College Football Conference Championship Games

Friday, December 18

Conference USA Championship Game – CBSSN

MAC Championship Game – ESPN

Pac-12 Championship Game – FOX

Saturday, December 19

Big 12 Championship Game – ABC

Sun Belt Championship Game – ESPN 2

ACC Championship Game – ABC

American Championship Game – ABC

Big Ten Championship Game – FOX

SEC Championship Game – CBS

Mountain West Championship Game – FOX or FS1

College Football Bowl Schedule

Saturday, December 19

Frisco Bowl – ESPN

Monday, December 21

Myrtle Beach Bowl – ESPN

Tuesday, December 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – ESPN

Boca Raton Bowl – ESPN

Wednesday, December 23

New Orleans Bowl – ESPN

Montgomery Bowl

Thursday, December 24

New Mexico Bowl – ESPN

Friday, December 25

Camellia Bowl – ESPN

Saturday, December 26

Gasparilla Bowl – ABC

Cure Bowl – ESPN

First Responder Bowl – ABC

LendingTree Bowl – ESPN

Independence Bowl – ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl – ESPN

Monday, December 28

Military Bowl – ESPN

Tuesday, December 29

Cheez-It Bowl – ESPN

Alamo Bowl – ESPN

Wednesday, December 30

Dukes Mayo Bowl – ESPN

Music City Bowl – ESPN

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic – ESPN

LA Bowl – ESPN

Thursday, December 31

Armed Forces Bowl – ESPN

Liberty Bowl – ESPN

Texas Bowl – ESPN

NBA 

The 2020-21 NBA regular season begins on Tuesday, December 22nd with each team playing a 72-game schedule. The first half of the regular season schedule is expected to be released on December 1 when training camps begin. NBA preseason games will take place from December 11-19. The first half of the regular season will take place from December 22-March 4 with the All-Star break running from March 5-10. The second half of the season will run from March 11-May 16 with the Play-in Tournament taking place from May 18-21 and the NBA Playoffs running from May 22-July 22.

College Basketball

The 2020-2021 college basketball season began in November and will run through April when the NCAA Tournament is played. The month of December will feature all of the top teams in action, including Gonzaga, Baylor, Villanova and Virginia. Here are some of the marquee games in the month of December.

Tuesday, December 1

Michigan State at Duke – ESPN

Kentucky vs. Kansas – ESPN

Wednesday, December 2

West Virginia vs. Gonzaga – ESPN

Illinois vs. Baylor – ESPN

Saturday, December 5

Gonzaga vs. Baylor – CBS

Sunday, December 6

Villanova at Texas – ESPN

Tuesday, December 8

Creighton at Kansas – ESPN

North Carolina at Iowa – ESPN

Ohio State at Notre Dame – ESPN 2

Illinois at Duke – ESPN

Wednesday, December 9

Louisville at Wisconsin – ESPN

Michigan State at Virginia – ESPN

Sunday, December 13

Texas at Baylor

Wednesday, December 16

Duke at Notre Dame

Thursday, December 17

Kansas at Texas Tech

Saturday, December 19

Iowa vs. Gonzaga

Virginia vs. Villanova

Ohio State vs. North Carolina

UCLA vs. Kentucky

Tuesday, December 22

West Virginia at Kansas

Wednesday, December 23

Illinois at Penn State

UCLA at Oregon

Friday, December 25

Wisconsin at Michigan State

Saturday, December 26

Kentucky at Louisville

Monday, December 28

Maryland at Wisconsin

Tuesday, December 29

Pittsburgh at Duke

Wednesday, December 30

Virginia at Notre Dame

Thursday, December 31

Michigan at Maryland

Boxing

December is an excellent month of boxing action with a number of title fights and the month will also mark the return of action for Canelo Alvarez who will be taking on Callum Smith on December 19. Here are the marquee fights to remember for December.

December 5 

Errol Spence vs. Danny Garcia for Spence’s IBF and WBC titles

December 12 

Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev for Joshua’s WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles

December 18 

Gennady Golovkin vs. Kamil Szeremeta for Golovkin’s IBF middleweight title

December 19

Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith for Alvarez’s WBA “regular” super middleweight title and Smith’s WBA “super” super middleweight title.

UFC

The UFC has been extremely busy over the past few months, but it slows down a bit in the month of December with just three events. The big one will be UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno on December 12th. Here are the three UFC events for the month of December.

Saturday, December 5

UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Holland – ESPN 2

Saturday, December 12

UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno

Saturday, December 19

UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Chimaev

PGA

The PGA Tour doesn’t have a lot of action in the month of December, but there are still two events, the Mayakoba Golf Classic and the QBE Shootout. There is also a golf event that is not part of the PGA Tour, the PNC Championship, which is an event where a golf major winner teams up with a relative. A total of 20 teams will compete in that event including Tiger Woods playing with his son.

December 3-6

Mayakoba Golf Classic

December 11-13

QBE Shootout

December 17-20

PNC Championship

European Tour

The European Tour concludes their season in the month of December with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai from December 10-13. A number of top players will be in the field for this event, including point’s leader Patrick Reed. Here are the events on the European Tour scheduled in the month of December.

December 2-5 

Golf in Dubai Championship

December 3-6

South African Open

December 10-13

DP World Tour Championship

LPGA 

The LPGA doesn’t get a lot of attention in sports betting, but it will get a place on the December sports betting calendar with the U.S. Women’s Open taking place in Houston, Texas from December 10-13.

Formula One

The final two races of the Formula One season take place in the month of December with the Sakhir Grand Prix on December 6 and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 13.

Premier League

The Premier League continues in the month of December with Matchdays 11-16. The highlight of the month is Boxing Day on December 26 with six matches, including Arsenal taking on Chelsea. Here are some other marquee matchups for the month of December.

December 6

Tottenham vs. Arsenal 

December 12

Everton vs. Chelsea, Manchester United vs. Manchester City

December 15

Leicester City vs. Everton, Wolves vs. Chelsea

December 16

Liverpool vs. Tottenham

December 19

Everton vs. Arsenal

December 20

Tottenham vs. Leicester City

December 26

Arsenal vs. Chelsea, Leicester City vs. Manchester United

December 28

Everton vs. Manchester City

December 29

Manchester United vs. Wolves

Champions League

The 2020-21Champions League group stage will conclude in the month of December with Matchday 5 on December 1-2 and Matchday 6 on December 8-9. The Final 16 teams will be set and the Round of 16 draw will take place on December 14.