Of course, plenty of whiners and complainers moan about the number of bowl games played each year. But college football fans, gamblers, and sportsbooks can’t get enough of the postseason. After all, when January arrives, there won’t be any college football for eight long months. So with that in mind, let’s look at the first full week of college football bowl season. Several intriguing matchups could offer gamblers the potential for a hidden gem.
College Football Odds – Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. San Jose State Spartans
2022 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Kickoff time at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho, is at 3:30 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN. San Jose State opened as a 3.5-point favorite.
Eastern Michigan and San Jose State are two of the most underrated programs in college football. Eastern Michigan finished in the black at 6-5-1 against the spread this year, while San Jose State was in the red at 4-7 ATS.
Best Bet: Eastern Michigan Eagles
Betting on College Football – Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. South Alabama Jaguars
2022 New Orleans Bowl - Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Kickoff time at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, is at 9 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN. South Alabama opened as an 8-point favorite.
The masses also overlook Western Kentucky and South Alabama. Both teams were profitable this season. Western Kentucky has more than enough to stay within this big number.
Best Bet: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
NCAA Football Odds – Baylor Bears vs. Air Force Falcons
2022 Armed Forces Bowl – Thursday, December 22, 2022
Kickoff time at Amon G Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, is at 7:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN. Baylor opened as a 6.5-point favorite.
The Baylor Bears were one of the biggest disappointments in college football by finishing 6-6. By contrast, the Air Force Falcons finished 9-3. And the Air Force option is a perpetual problem for enemy defenses. The wrong team could be favored in this one.
Best Bet: Air Force Falcons
College Football Betting – Houston Cougars vs. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
2022 Independence Bowl – Friday, December 23, 2022
Kickoff time at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, is at 3 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN. Houston opened as a 6.5-point favorite.
The Houston Cougars were in the American Athletic Conference championship game last year. This year they flopped to a 7-5 record and got the money only four times. Houston’s defense was among the most atrocious in college football. Still, Houston has vastly superior personnel in this matchup against a Louisiana team that took a big step back in 2022.
Best Bet: Houston Cougars
NCAAF Betting Odds – Missouri Tigers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
2022 Gasparilla Bowl – Friday, December 23, 2022
Kickoff time at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, is at 6:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN. Wake Forest opened as a 1-point favorite.
When bowl matchups were being sorted out, the Missouri Tigers had the opportunity to take on their ancient old rivals from Kanas. And the Jayhawks were eager to take on the Tigers for the first time since 2011. Instead, Mizzou weaseled out of a matchup everyone in college football wanted to see. Now Missouri faces a Wake Forest team with one of the country's most sophisticated offenses. Wake Forest will be looking to atone for a disappointing season.
Best Bet: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
NCAA Vegas Odds – San Diego State Aztecs vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
2022 Hawaii Bowl – Saturday, December 23, 2022
Kickoff time at Clarence TC Ching Athletics Complex in Honolulu, Hawaii, is at 8 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN. San Diego State opened as a 7-point favorite.
Middle Tennessee peaked earlier in the season with a win over what turned out to be a bad Miami Hurricanes team. San Diego State was expected to contend for the Mountain West Conference championship but instead struggled to make a bowl game. San Diego State is making too big of a lay in this spot.
Best Bet: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
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