College football bowl season is underway, and there were a number of great games during the first week. The second week of bowl games should be great as well, and the College Football Playoff semifinal games will take place.
Bowl season is always an exciting time in college football, and it's also a great time to bet on college football games. Here are all of the matchups scheduled for the upcoming week with a betting preview and prediction for each game.
The 7-3 Oklahoma State Cowboys will take on the 8-2 Miami Hurricanes in the Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Both of these teams had solid seasons, but a few bad losses kept them from a bigger game.
Oklahoma State has rushed for nearly 200 yards per game, and the defense has been great as well. Running back Chuba Hubbard has opted out of the rest of the season, and that will put pressure on quarterback Spencer Sanders to play well.
The Miami Hurricanes suffered a 62-26 loss to North Carolina in their most recent game, and this team will need to bounce back in a hurry. Miami quarterback D'Eriq King has thrown for over 2,500 yards this season, and he will need to play great.
Miami is motivated after getting blown out by North Carolina, and it will be ready for this game. Take the points and bet on the Hurricanes in this matchup.
A pair of former Big 12 Conference rivals will meet up on Tuesday night in the Valero Alamo Bowl from San Antonio. The Texas Longhorns are 6-3 on the season, while the Colorado Buffaloes are 4-1.
Texas was expected to compete for the Big 12 championship this season, but the defense has let it down. The Longhorns are scoring more than 41 points per game, and quarterback Sam Ehlinger is the best player on the field.
Colorado was a major surprise this season, and its rushing attack is tough to stop. Running back Jarek Broussard leads the team with 813 rushing yards, and he has proven to be tough to stop.
The Buffaloes have had a great season, but the Longhorns are the better team. Take the Texas Longhorns -9.5 over the Colorado Buffaloes in the Alamo Bowl.
It will be ACC versus the Big Ten in the Duke's Mayo Bowl on Wednesday in a matchup of .500 teams. The Wisconsin Badgers are 3-3 on the season, while Wake Forest is 4-4.
Wake Forest finished the season with two straight losses, and its defense was a problem in those games. The Demon Deacons can really throw the football, but they are also allowing nearly 32 points per game.
Wisconsin is allowing less than 16 points per game, but it isn't a very good offensive team. Freshman quarterback Graham Mertz has been great at times, but he lacks consistency.
The Badgers are the more complete team, and they should be able to figure things out on Wednesday. Take the Wisconsin Badgers -7.0 over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
A pair of teams from the Midwest will collide in Nashville, Tenn., as the Iowa Hawkeyes take on the Missouri Tigers. Iowa enters this game with a record of 6-2, while the Tigers are just 5-5 on the season.
Iowa has won six straight games, and its defense is the real deal. The Hawkeyes are allowing just 16.0 points per game, and they will try to slow down a talented SEC offense.
Missouri is throwing the ball for nearly 270 yards per game, and quarterback Connor Bazelak will need to be great in this game. The Tigers have struggled to get stops, and that could plague them in this matchup.
Iowa's defense will take control of this game, and taking the Hawkeyes -14.0 is the best pick in this game.
A pair of top 10 teams will collide in the Cotton Bowl Classic, where the Florida Gators are slight favorites over the Oklahoma Sooners. Florida fell to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game while the Sooners are Big 12 Conference champions.
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask is a Heisman Trophy finalist after throwing for over 4,100 yards this season. The Gators are allowing nearly 30 points per game, and their defense will need to show up against Oklahoma.
The Sooners are also an explosive offensive team, scoring more than 41 points per game. Oklahoma wants to run the football and give its defense a chance to contend in this game.
This should be a high-scoring affair, but Florida is just too good offensively. Take the Florida Gators -3.0 over the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl.
The 6-2 Tulsa Golden Hurricane will take on the 3-7 Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Tulsa comes into this game with a much better record, but Mississippi State has faced a much better schedule.
Tulsa is allowing just 20.8 points per game, and its defense will play a huge role in this game. The Golden Hurricane are led by quarterback Zach Smith and his 1,600 passing yards.
Mississippi State is rushing for just 36.0 yards per game, but it can really throw the football. The Bulldogs will need to find some balance on offense to keep this game close.
Even though the Bulldogs come from a better conference, Tulsa is the better team. Take the Golden Hurricane -2.5 in this matchup.
A pair of conference champions will meet up in the Arizona Bowl as Ball State will take on San Jose State. The Cardinals won the MAC Championship this season, while the Spartans won the Mountain West Conference.
Ball State is averaging 34.3 points per game, and the Cardinals are used to playing fast. They will look to keep the pressure on the San Jose State defense throughout this game.
The Spartans will counter with a defense that is allowing just 17.9 points per game, and they were great against a talented Boise State team in the MWC Championship Game. San Jose State wants to slow this pace down to give the offense a chance.
San Jose State is going to win this game, but it's going to be close. Take the 9.5 points and bet on the Ball State Cardinals in this matchup.
The Army Black Knights were chosen as a replacement team in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, and they are underdogs against West Virginia. The Mountaineers are 5-4 on the season, while Army is 9-2.
Army is one of the best rushing teams in the country this season, running for more than 281 yards per game. The Black Knights don't throw the ball a ton, but they will have to in this game.
West Virginia is looking for more offense after averaging just 26.8 points per game. The Mountaineers are a solid defensive team, but they must stop the run on Thursday night.
Don't be surprised to see an upset in this game as Army has had a great season. Take the points, but don't be surprised to see Army win this outright.
The 3-7 Arkansas Razorbacks will represent the SEC in the Texas Bowl, while 6-4 TCU will stay close to home. The Horned Frogs have had a terrific season, but they are only slight favorites in this game.
Arkansas has lost four straight games, including a 52-3 loss to Alabama in its most recent game. The Razorbacks have allowed nearly 35 points per game, and their defense will need to play better in this game.
TCU comes into this game having won three straight games, and the Horned Frogs should have some momentum. The Horned Frogs are scoring more than 30 points per game, so their offense should take control.
Bet the TCU Horned Frogs -5.0 over Arkansas in the Texas Bowl.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be the first of four bowl games on New Years Day. The 7-2 Georgia Bulldogs will take on the 9-0 Cincinnati Bearcats in what should be a terrific game.
Georgia is allowing less than 20 points per game, and its defense will be tested in this game. The Bulldogs have struggled to throw the ball at times, and that might be an issue, especially if they fall behind.
Cincinnati is scoring nearly 40 points per game, and it averages more than 225 rushing yards per game. The Bearcats have something to prove after being left out of the College Football Playoff.
Cincinnati has more to play for in this game, and the Bearcats will get the job done and win the game outright.
It will be the Big Ten Conference against the mighty SEC in the Citrus Bowl on New Years Day. The 6-4 Auburn Tigers will take on the 6-2 Northwestern Wildcats in what will likely be a defensive showdown.
Auburn is running for more than 170 rushing yards per game, but this team needs more from quarterback Bo Nix. The Tigers do feature a dominant defense, but that unit has been giving up some points this season.
Northwestern has allowed just 15.5 points per game and that unit did a great job of slowing down Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Wildcats struggle on offense at times, but that won't be a huge concern in this game.
Northwestern has had a magical season, and it covers the 3.5-point spread in this game.
The 11-0 Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the 10-1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Rose Bowl Game. Alabama is the top-ranked team in the country, while Notre Dame is No. 4 after a loss in the ACC Championship Game.
Notre Dame suffered a 34-10 loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, and the Fighting Irish looked outmatched in that one. If Notre Dame is going to win this game, then its defense must play a near perfect game.
Alabama enters this game averaging 49.7 points per game this season, and the team has a pair of Heisman Trophy finalists on that side of the ball. Quarterback Mac Jones has thrown for 3,739 yards and 32 touchdowns this season, and DeVonta Smith has over 1,500 receiving yards to lead the offense.
Notre Dame just doesn't have the talent to keep this game close, and the Crimson Tide roll in this game. Take Alabama -19.5 in the Rose Bowl Game.
Ohio State and Clemson will meet up in the second CFP semifinal game on New Year's Day, and these two teams are not strangers. Ohio State is a perfect 6-0 on the season, while Clemson brings a 10-1 record into this matchup.
The Buckeyes are led by quarterback Justin Fields, who has thrown for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Ohio State has also been a dominant defensive team, allowing just 21.0 points per game.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a Heisman Trophy finalist this year after throwing for 2,753 yards and 22 touchdowns. The Tigers held Notre Dame to just 10 points in the ACC Championship Game, and stopping Fields will be a priority.
Clemson is just too good offensively, and the Tigers will cover the 7.5-point spread.
The 8-3 NC State Wolfpack will take on the 4-6 Kentucky Wildcats in the first of four games on Saturday. NC State had a much better season than expected, while Kentucky was a bit of a disappointment.
The Wolfpack have won four straight games, but NC State has struggled to get some stops. NC State is allowing nearly 30 points per game, and its defense will need to show up in this one.
Kentucky is scoring just 21.7 points per game, but the Wildcats can really run the football. If Kentucky is able to put together some long drives, then it could take control of this game.
NC State just has too much momentum, and it will find a way to win this game.
The Outback Bowl will be another matchup between the SEC and the Big Ten as Ole Miss will take on Indiana. The Ole Miss Rebels enter this game with a record of 4-5, while the Indiana Hoosiers are 6-1 on the year.
Ole Miss is scoring 40.9 points per game, which is great, but it is also allowing 40.3 points per game. The Rebels love to throw the ball, but they are facing a terrific defense in this game.
Indiana was seven points away from reaching the College Football Playoff, but the Hoosiers are shorthanded in this game. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. has been lost for the season, placing even more pressure on the defense.
Ole Miss will score some points in this game, but it will be Indiana that takes control. Bet on the Hoosiers -6.5 over the Ole Miss Rebels in the Outback Bowl.
The Fiesta Bowl will feature the 4-2 Oregon Ducks against the 8-3 Iowa State Cyclones. Oregon won the Pac-12 Championship this season, while Iowa State came up just short in the Big 12 Championship Game.
Oregon is scoring 33.7 points per game, and it features a very balanced offensive attack. The Ducks will give up some points, and that could be an issue in this game.
Iowa State is giving up just 21.8 points per game, and the Cyclones also feature a balanced offensive attack. Quarterback Bryce Purdy and running back Breece Hall have both had great careers at Iowa State and will want to cap it off with a win.
This game shouldn't be close as Iowa State will take control early and cruise to victory.
The Capital One Orange Bowl will feature the Texas A&M Aggies taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Both teams have had terrific seasons, and this could be one of the highest-scoring games of the bowl season.
Texas A&M has won seven straight games, and it was just on the outside looking in of reaching the College Football Playoff. The Aggies run for over 200 yards per game, and Kellen Mond is one of the best quarterbacks in the country.
North Carolina just put up 62 points in its last game, and quarterback Sam Howell has thrown for over 3,300 yards. The Tar Heels will be without running back Javonte Williams, as he has decided to enter the NFL Draft.
The Tar Heels will be missing a huge weapon, and that gives the advantage to Texas A&M. Look for the Aggies to make a statement by winning this game by double digits.
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