The holidays are some of the busiest of the year, so if you want to catch all the best college football bowl games on the betting board, you’re going to have to have a plan.
Our sports handicapping services take care of that for you by highlight some of the best bets for college football bowl season before the CFP playoff games on Dec. 28 and renowned New Year’s Day games. Good luck!
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas A&M Aggies (-7)
These for Big 12 foes face off on Dec. 27 in the Texas Bowl in Houston. The Aggies finished the season against two big SEC rivals in Georgia and LSU, so don’t discount Texas A&M too much for those losses. Before those games, they won four in a row including limiting three of those opponents to 14 points or less, however, that defense will be missing its top talent as defensive tackle Justin Madubuike is skipping the bowl game to focus on his NFL Draft stock.
The Cowboys will have their star running back Chuba Hubbard for the Texas Bowl after rumors of him skipping the postseason to prep for the pros. Hubbard led the country in rushing but showed his ability to do damage through the air in the final three games, reeling in 12 passes for 143 yards receiving in that span.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Iowa State Cyclones (+3.5)
The Fighting Irish settle for a spot in the Camping World Bowl a year removed from making the CFP playoff Final Four. The Irish could be walking into a shootout versus the Cyclones. While Notre Dame ranked among the best passing attacks in the country, those stats were more a reflection of their softer schedule. The Fighting Irish can put up the points, averaging more than 37 per game on the season, and exploded for a total of 137 points in its final three games.
Iowa State has a talented passing attack under quarterback Brock Purdy, who garnered some Heisman buzz during the schedule. The Cyclones, like most Big 12 teams, lean on their offense to overwhelm opponents. The have the second-best passing game in the conference and throw the ball on more than 55.5% of their offensive snaps. The total for the Camping World Bowl is set at 54.5 points.
Utah Utes vs. Texas Longhorns (+7)
Utah was hoping for a spot in the CFP or at least the Rose Bowl, but instead settles for Texas as an opponent in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Dec. 31. The Utes lost in the Pac-12 title game to Oregon, and now must find the motivation in this postseason matchup. Utah’s defense is among the best in the country, allowing only 13.2 points per game, and is the top-ranked run-stop unit in the country, giving up just over 70 yards on the ground per game.
The Longhorns have had success in both bowl games under Tom Herman and as a betting underdog. Texas was playing with a banged-up roster for most of the season and the bowl break should allow some of those players to rest up. The Longhorns passing game under Sam Ellinger, which ranked 19th overall, catches a break with the Utes missing two of their top pass defenders in safety Julian Blackmon and corner Jaylon Johnson.