Some fans and gamblers are annoyed with many bowl games played in front of empty stadiums by teams that few care about. But the TV networks love bowl games because they still outdraw anything else on the air. This week, the team brands and games level takes a major step up. Most importantly, we will be treated to the College Football Playoff doubleheader on Saturday. On Monday, the tradition of the Rose Bowl will remind us all about what is right about the bowls. Attendance, TV ratings, and betting handle will all increase massively. And we will find out who makes the national championship game.
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
College Football Odds – Kansas Jayhawks vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
2022 Liberty Bowl
Kickoff time at Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee, is at 5:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN. Arkansas opened as a 3-point favorite.
Arkansas is favored based on SEC branding. But the Razorbacks' defense took a major step back in 2022. This is the first bowl game for Kansas since 2008. The Jayhawks will bring plenty of offense and a probable motivational advantage.
Best Bet: Kansas Jayhawks
Friday, December 30, 2022
Betting on College Football – Tennessee Volunteers vs. Clemson Tigers
2022 Orange Bowl
Kickoff time at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, is at 8 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN. Clemson opened as a 5.5-point favorite.
Tennessee will be without quarterback Hendon Hooker but will still bring plenty of firepower and a good amount of points. Clemson’s offense remains a plodding unit, and that will leave the door open for the Vols.
Best Bet: Tennessee Volunteers
Saturday, December 31, 2022
NCAA Football Odds – Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Kansas State Wildcats
2022 Sugar Bowl
Kickoff time at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, is at 12 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN. Alabama opened as a 6.5-point favorite.
Kansas State has been a great story by winning the Big 12 championship with a backup quarterback. But the Alabama Crimson Tide brings a boatload of talent and a motivated team that is not skipping out on the Sugar Bowl. The Tide should roll against a good Kansas State team that is simply outmanned.
Best Bet: Alabama Crimson Tide
College Football Betting – TCU Horned Frogs vs. Michigan Wolverines
2022 Vrbo Fiesta Bowl
Kickoff time at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, is at 4 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN. Michigan opened as an 8-point favorite.
The TCU Horned Frogs are a great story, but they didn’t even win the Big 12 championship. The Michigan Wolverines are talented, of course. But what sets the Maize and Blue apart is their toughness. TCU has plenty of skill but can’t match Michigan in physicality or defense.
Best Bet: Michigan Wolverines
NCAAF Betting Odds – Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Georgia Bulldogs
2022 Peach Bowl
Kickoff time at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, is at 8 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN. Georgia opened as a 6.5-point favorite.
If Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart were given truth serum, he would confess to the Ohio State Buckeyes is the last team in the world he would want to face. Ohio State may have been routed in their rivalry showdown with the Michigan Wolverines, but OSU brings plenty of elite-level talent and Heisman QB candidate CJ Stroud. Ohio State is getting a second chance at life and a boatload of points. The Buckeyes may have the second most talented team in the nation. They can stay within the number, at the very least.
Best Bet: Ohio State Buckeyes
Monday, January 2, 2023
NCAA Vegas Odds – Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Utah Utes
2023 Rose Bowl
Kickoff time at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, is at 5 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN. Penn State opened as a 2-point favorite.
The Utah Utes are the Pac-12 champions for the second consecutive season. But they don’t get the national attention of teams such as the Penn State Nittany Lions. Utah is a quality underdog in this spot and has the advantage of having played in the Rose Bowl last year.
Best Bet: Utah Utes
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