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2022-23 College football bowl predictions, odds, results for every postseason game


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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MONDAY’S GAME

Myrtle Beach Bowl
Marshall vs. UConn (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Marshall Thundering Herd

MAR

Connecticut Huskies

UCONN

At their best, the Huskies beat Liberty. However, at their best, the Thundering Herd beat Notre Dame in South Bend. Take the favorite.

PICK: Marshall (-10.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 10.5 points

TUESDAY’S GAMES

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Eastern Michigan vs. San Jose State (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Eastern Michigan Eagles

EMU

San Jose State Spartans

SJSU

This game features two of the most underrated programs in the country. These are offenses that can and should score often. Take the Over.

PICK: Over 53.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet

Boca Raton Bowl
Liberty vs. Toledo (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Liberty Flames

LIB

Toledo Rockets

TOLEDO

The MAC champ will take on a program that’s in transition, with head coach Jamey Chadwell building for 2023. Lay the points.

PICK: Toledo (-4.5 at FOX Bet at time of pick) to win by more than 4.5 points

RELATED: How to bet Liberty vs. Toledo

WEDNESDAY’S GAME

New Orleans Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. South Alabama (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

WKU

South Alabama Jaguars

SOALA

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.

PICK: South Alabama (-4.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 4.5 points

RELATED: How to bet Western Kentucky vs. South Alabama

THURSDAY’S GAME

Armed Forces Bowl
Baylor vs. Air Force (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Baylor Bears

BAYLOR

Air Force Falcons

AFA

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.

PICK: Under 49.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet (at time of pick)

FRIDAY’S GAMES

Independence Bowl
Louisiana vs. Houston (3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

LA

Houston Cougars

HOU

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.

PICK: Over 58.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet

Gasparilla Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Missouri (6:30 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN)

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

WAKE

Missouri Tigers

MIZZOU

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.

PICK: Wake Forest (-1.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 1.5 points

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Hawai’i Bowl
Middle Tennessee vs. San Diego State (8 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN)

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

MIDTN

San Diego State Aztecs

SDSU

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.

PICK: MTSU (+6.5 at FOX Bet) to lose by fewer than 6.5 points (or win outright)

Monday, December 26, 2022

Quick Lane Bowl
New Mexico State vs. Bowling Green (2:30 p.m. ET Monday, ESPN)

New Mexico State Aggies

NMSU

Bowling Green Falcons

BGSU

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.

PICK: New Mexico State (+3.5 at FOX Bet) to lose by fewer than 3.5 points (or win outright)

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Camellia Bowl
Georgia Southern vs. Buffalo (Noon ET, ESPN)

Georgia Southern Eagles

GEOSOU

Buffalo Bulls

BUFF

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.

PICK: Under 67.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet (at time of pick)

First Responder Bowl
Memphis vs. Utah State (3:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Memphis Tigers

MEM

Utah State Aggies

USU

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.

PICK: Utah State (+7.5 at FOX Bet) to lose by fewer than 7.5 points (or win outright)

Birmingham Bowl
Coastal Carolina vs. East Carolina (6:45 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

COCAR

East Carolina Pirates

ECU

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.

PICK: East Carolina (-8.5 at FOX Bet at time of pick) to win by more than 8.5 points

Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma State (10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Wisconsin Badgers

WIS

Oklahoma State Cowboys

OKST

The Pokes will play without longtime starter Spencer Sanders, and they also lost arguably their best linebacker, Mason Cobb, to the transfer portal.

While Wisconsin lost Graham Mertz to the portal, it’s running back Braelon Allen who makes the Badger offense go.

PICK: Wisconsin (-3 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 3 points

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Military Bowl
UCF vs. Duke (2 p.m. ET, ESPN)

UCF Knights

UCF

Duke Blue Devils

DUKE

Duke quarterback Riley Leonard has been one of the breakout stars of the ACC. UCF, on the other hand, is licking its wounds after losing the AAC title game to Tulane.

I like the Blue Devils in this one.

PICK: Duke (+1.5 at FOX Bet at time of pick) to lose by fewer than 1.5 points (or win outright)

Liberty Bowl
Kansas vs. Arkansas (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Kansas Jayhawks

KAN

Arkansas Razorbacks

ARK

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.

PICK: Kansas (+3 at FOX Bet) to lose by fewer than 3 points (or win outright)

Holiday Bowl
No. 15 Oregon vs North Carolina (8 p.m. ET, FOX and FOX Sports app)

15

Oregon Ducks

ORE

North Carolina Tar Heels

UNC

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.

PICK: North Carolina (+14.5 at FOX Bet at time of pick) to lose by fewer than 14.5 points (or win outright)

Texas Bowl
Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Texas Tech Red Raiders

TEXTCH

Ole Miss Rebels

MISS

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. 

PICK: Ole Miss (-3.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 3.5 points

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Pinstripe Bowl
Syracuse vs. Minnesota (2 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Syracuse Orange

SYR

Minnesota Golden Gophers

MINN

Behind Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim, expect the Gophers to run the ball, eat clock and keep this game a low-scoring affair.

PICK: Under 42.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet (at time of pick)

Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Florida State (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Oklahoma Sooners

OU

13

Florida State Seminoles

FSU

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.

PICK: Over 65.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet

RELATED: How to bet Oklahoma vs. Florida State

Alamo Bowl
No. 20 Texas vs. No. 12 Washington (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

20

Texas Longhorns

TEXAS

12

Washington Huskies

WASH

Doak Walker Award winner and Texas running back Bijan Robinson will give this game some juice against Penix and the Huskies. 

Both teams will score, grab the Over.

PICK: Over 68.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet

Friday, December 30, 2022

Mayo Bowl
Maryland vs. No. 23 North Carolina State (Noon ET, ESPN)

Maryland Terrapins

MD

23

North Carolina State Wolfpack

NCST

Without Devin Leary and lame-duck offensive coordinator Tim Beck, the Wolfpack might be in for a fight.

PICK: Maryland (-1.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 1.5 points

Sun Bowl
Pittsburgh vs. No. 18 UCLA (2 p.m. ET, CBS)

Pittsburgh Panthers

PITT

18

UCLA Bruins

UCLA

UCLA’s star quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson will play, while Pitt’s star quarterback, Kedon Slovis, and defensive lineman Calijah Kancey will not. The Bruins should roll easily in this one.

PICK: UCLA (-6.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 6.5 points

Gator Bowl
No. 21 Notre Dame vs. No. 19 South Carolina (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

21

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

ND

19

South Carolina Gamecocks

SCAR

The Gamecocks are in rare form, with wins against Tennessee and Clemson to finish their regular season. They might not get the win over the Irish, but they’ll certainly keep it competitive. 

PICK: South Carolina (+2.5 at FOX Bet) to lose by fewer than 2.5 points (or win outright)

Arizona Bowl
Ohio vs. Wyoming (4:30 p.m. ET, Barstool)

Ohio Bobcats

OHIO

Wyoming Cowboys

WYO

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.

PICK: Ohio (-1.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 1.5 points

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Orange Bowl
No. 6 Tennessee vs No. 7 Clemson (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)

6

Tennessee Volunteers

TENN

7

Clemson Tigers

CLEM

Tennessee quarterback Joe Milton will walk into this game looking to prove that he has the potential to fill Hendon Hooker’s shoes. But Clemson found its groove against UNC in the ACC title game. 

The Tigers get the edge in the Orange Bowl.

PICK: Clemson (-6.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 6.5 points

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Sugar Bowl
No. 5 Alabama vs No. 9 Kansas State (Noon ET, ESPN)

5

Alabama Crimson Tide

ALA

9

Kansas State Wildcats

K-STATE

10 Alabama players have chosen to enter the transfer portal or opt out, but none of them are Bryce Young. On the other side is Deuce Vaughn playing for Kansas State.

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.

PICK: Kansas State (+3.5 at FOX Bet) to lose by fewer than 3.5 points (or win outright)

Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Kentucky (Noon ET, ABC)

Iowa Hawkeyes

IOWA

Kentucky Wildcats

UK

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.

PICK: Under 31.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet

Fiesta Bowl
No. 3 TCU vs No. 2 Michigan (4 p.m. ET, ESPN)

3

TCU Horned Frogs

TCU

2

Michigan Wolverines

MICH

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.

PICK: Michigan (-7.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 7.5 points

Peach Bowl
No. 4 Ohio State vs No. 1 Georgia (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)

4

Ohio State Buckeyes

OSU

1

Georgia Bulldogs

UGA

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.

PICK: Ohio State (+6.5 at FOX Bet) to lose by fewer than 6.5 points (or win outright)

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Monday, January 2, 2023

ReliaQuest Bowl
No. 22 Mississippi State vs. Illinois (Noon ET, ESPN2)

22

Mississippi State Bulldogs

MSST

Illinois Fighting Illini

ILL

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.

PICK: Under 46.5 points scored by both teams combined

Cotton Bowl
No. 16 Tulane vs. No. 10 USC (1 p.m. ET ESPN)

16

Tulane Green Wave

TULANE

10

USC Trojans

USC

If Heisman winner Caleb Williams suits up against Tulane, the Trojans should hand the Green Wave just their second loss of the season.

PICK: USC (-1.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 1.5 points

Citrus Bowl
No. 17 LSU vs. Purdue (1 p.m. ET, ABC)

17

LSU Tigers

LSU

Purdue Boilermakers

PUR

The quarterbacks for these two teams, Garrett Nussmeier and Aidan O’Connell, have shown a propensity to sling it. If they both stay true to form, this game could be a high-scoring one.

PICK: Over 58.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet

Rose Bowl
No. 8 Utah vs. No. 11 Penn State (5 p.m. ET, ESPN)

11

Penn State Nittany Lions

PSU

8

Utah Utes

UTAH

The Nittany Lions will enter this game without star wideout Parker Washington and star cornerback Joey Porter, Jr. That might be too much for Penn State to overcome against the Pac-12 champs.

Utah by more than a field goal.

PICK: Utah (-2.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 2.5 points

COMPLETED GAMES

Frisco Bowl
Boise State 35, North Texas 32

North Texas Mean Green

UNT

Boise State Broncos

BSU

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.

PICK: Boise State (-9.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 9.5 points

New Mexico Bowl
BYU 24, SMU 23

SMU Mustangs

SMU

BYU Cougars

BYU

With All-American wideout Rashee Rice opting out of this game, SMU coach Rhett Lashlee and quarterback Tanner Mordecai will have to find a new go-to receiver against Big 12-bound BYU.

This will be close, take the points.

PICK: BYU (+3.5 at FOX Bet) to lose by fewer than 3.5 points (or win outright)

Lending Tree Bowl
Southern Miss 38, Rice 24

Rice Owls

RICE

Southern Miss Golden Eagles

SMISS

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.

PICK: Southern Miss (-6.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 6.5 points

LA Bowl
Fresno State 29, Washington State 6

Washington State Cougars

WSU

Fresno State Bulldogs

FRESNST

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.

PICK: Over 53.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet

Las Vegas Bowl
No. 14 Oregon State 30, Florida 3

Florida Gators

FLA

14

Oregon State Beavers

OREST

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.

PICK: Oregon State (-10.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 10.5 points

Bahamas Bowl
UAB 24, Miami (Ohio) 20

Miami (OH) RedHawks

MIA-OH

UAB Blazers

UAB

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.

PICK: Under 44.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet

Cure Bowl
No. 24 Troy 18, No. 25 UTSA 12

25

UTSA Roadrunners

UTSA

24

Troy Trojans

TROY

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.

PICK: UTSA (+1.5 at FOX Bet) to lose by fewer than 1.5 points (or win outright)

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Fenway Bowl
Louisville 24, Cincinnati 7

Cincinnati Bearcats

CIN

Louisville Cardinals

LOU

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.

PICK: Under 44.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet

Celebration Bowl
North Carolina Central 41, Jackson State 34

Jackson State Tigers

JACKSN

North Carolina Central Eagles

NCCU

This will be a stress test for the JSU Tigers, whose coach this season, Deion Sanders, has already begun building his program at Colorado. However, NC Central got trounced by 30 by Campbell

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.

PICK: North Carolina Central (+15.5 at FOX Bet) to lose by fewer than 15.5 points (or win outright)

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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