Bowl season is upon us! When it comes to the College Football Playoff (CFP), I’m predicting the No. 4-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will play the No. 3-ranked Michigan Wolverines in the national title game.
As for the rest of the postseason fun?
I looked at every single bowl game from a betting perspective to give you my best bets for all the matchups.
Here is the complete bowl schedule, including my picks for every game.
Let’s get into all of it with odds via FOX Bet.
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This game features two of the most underrated programs in the country. These are offenses that can and should score often. Take the Over.
The MAC champ will take on a program that’s in transition, with head coach Jamey Chadwell building for 2023. Lay the points.
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South Alabama is having a magic season. The Jaguars will finish it off right with a resounding win over Western Kentucky. I’m predicting a double-digit win.
The Air Force Falcons average 330 yards and 36 minutes of possession. That’s not a recipe for scoring often. This game will be a slugfest.
Houston can score often. The Cougars average more than 37 points per game. But they allow opponents to do the same, giving up more than 33 points per game.
If the Ragin’ Cajuns can get their offense started, expect a shootout.
The Missouri Tigers lost four defenders to the portal, and Wake Forest expects to have its full complement of talent, including quarterback Sam Hartman who threw for over 3,400 yards and 35 TDs so far this season.
Wake will take care of business.
Saturday, December 24, 2022
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders pulled off an outstanding upset against Miami earlier this season and won their last three games. The Blue Raiders are hot and get the win in Hawai’i.
Monday, December 26, 2022
NMSU coach Jerry Kill also looks to win a bowl game as a head coach for the first time in his more than a three-decade career. It’s Jerry’s time to shine against Bowling Green.
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Asking these programs to score early and often might be asking too much. Buffalo hasn’t scored more than 27 in a game since October, and Georgia Southern has only scored 30 or more twice in its last five games.
I like the Under.
Memphis is riding a wave of terrible form. The Tigers have won just two of their last six, so don’t look for them to get back on track during bowl season. Way too many points, take the underdog.
The thrill of notching a third-straight, double-digit winning season might not be enough for the Chants to overcome losing their change-agent coach Chadwell to Liberty.
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
I like the Blue Devils in this one.
The Jayhawks will walk into the Liberty Bowl mostly healthy. Arkansas comes into this contest with a lame-duck defensive coordinator in new UNLV coach Barry Odom and without two of its best players on defense in linebackers Bumper Pool and Drew Sanders.
Both programs are severely depleted. Between Oregon and UNC, 16 players have opted out or have hit the transfer portal. On top of that, both offensive coordinators — UNC’s Phil Longo and Oregon’s Kenny Dillingham — are lame ducks.
It’s asking a lot of Bo Nix to lead the Ducks past UNC by double-digits, though.
The Red Raiders will have their hands full with Ole Miss running back Quinshon Judkins, who enjoyed the best season by a true freshman this season.
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Behind Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim, expect the Gophers to run the ball, eat clock and keep this game a low-scoring affair.
If the Sooners can’t stop the FSU rush attack, it will be a long day for OU in Orlando. Alternately, the Sooners can pop quickly offensively. Either way, expect scoring in this game.
Both teams will score, grab the Over.
Friday, December 30, 2022
Without Devin Leary and lame-duck offensive coordinator Tim Beck, the Wolfpack might be in for a fight.
Ohio came close to winning its first conference title in 54 years but fell just short against Toledo. Expect the Bobcats to take out their anger on the Pokes.
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The Tigers get the edge in the Orange Bowl.
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Expect K-State to keep this one really close. Mark this down as one of the best games of this bowl season, which is why I will grab the points.
Both teams will be without their starting quarterbacks. And both teams have earned reputations for having tough defenses. This won’t be a high-scoring affair.
Michigan’s rushing attack has been nearly unstoppable this season — even without Blake Corum in the backfield. That’s a tall task for Joe Gillespie’s 3-3-5 defense.
Michigan by double digits.
If you follow me on Twitter or read my columns on FOX Sports, you know how I feel about Ohio State.
If the Buckeyes are healthy, they should be able to give Georgia more than the Dawgs can handle. I’ll definitely take the points.
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Illinois will have star running back Chase Brown for their date with the Bulldogs, and the Illini have made it their identity to run Brown and hold the ball. Illinois also has a strong defense. I like the Under.
If Heisman winner Caleb Williams suits up against Tulane, the Trojans should hand the Green Wave just their second loss of the season.
Utah by more than a field goal.
The Mean Green will play this game with an interim coach, and the Broncos have won their last three out of four. Don’t overthink this one, lay the points.
This will be close, take the points.
Will Hall’s Golden Eagles are on the uptick. As a matter of fact, one of their impressive wins this season was against Cotton Bowl-bound Tulane.
Southern Miss gets the bowl win over Rice and covers.
This matchup will feature two of the best quarterbacks on the West Coast, with Fresno State’s Jake Haener and Wazzu’s Cameron Ward. We also get to watch two of the West Coast’s best offensive minds at work in Wazzu coordinator Eric Morris and Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford.
All this offensive explosiveness. Expect a high-scoring affair.
The Beavers are trying to notch only their second 10-win season since 2006. But they’re already poised to be a competitor on the West Coast next year. I like Oregon State to win and cover.
The Red Hawks gave up 180 on the ground to Ball State running back Carson Steele, and the Blazer boasts a 1,700-yard back in Dewayne McBride. Add to this Miami (OH) QB Aveon Smith is just a 49% percent passer and has 101 rushes this season.
I have a hard time seeing this game hitting over the total.
With Frank Harris announcing his return for a record seventh season, the Roadrunners basically have a pro at quarterback.
UTSA is looking for back-to-back 12-win seasons for the first time in school history before leaping to the American Athletic Conference next season.
I like them in this one.
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Without quarterback Ben Bryant, the Bearcat passing offense took a step back. However, with both programs being run by interim head coaches, I don’t foresee a lot of scoring.
Take the Under.
Campbell is a common foe for the Eagles and the Tigers, and the Tigers defeated Campbell by just a score.
JSU lost this game last year and its chance to claim the Black College Football National Championship outright.
The point spread of 15.5 is a big number. Take the points.
RJ Young is a national college football writer and analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the podcast “The Number One College Football Show.” Follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Young and subscribe to “The RJ Young Show” on YouTube.
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