9 Non-NY6 Games Close Out College Football Bowl Game Schedule

Written By Brett Gibbons on December 30, 2021 - Last Updated on December 31, 2021
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Here it is: the final hurrah for 2021-22 college football bowl games. These nine games are often overshadowed by the slate of New Year’s Six bowl games, but there’s some excellent matchups and appointment television on these days. The last stretch of these bowl games are highlighted by a neighboring-state rivalry, a late addition to the party, and four ranked teams in action. Below, you can find bowl game odds, injury news, opt outs, and coaching changes– everything you need to bet these games.

We also have New Year’s Six bowl games coverage and College Football Playoff odds and analysis.

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This Week’s College Football Bowl Game Odds

Duke’s Mayo Bowl: North Carolina () vs. South Carolina

Thursday, December 30, 11:30 a.m. ET, ESPN

Sam Howell will play for North Carolina in this game, his last as a TarHeel before departing for the NFL. Howell at one point was thought to be the top-overall pick in the draft, but a rocky season convinced him to put on one more performance to boost his stock. UNC takes on neighboring South Carolina in the border city of Charlotte, which should produce a passionate and full crowd. South Carolina is down their best defender, pass rusher Kingsley Enagbare, and leading rusher ZaQuandre White. Both of them are preparing for the NFL Draft. Former Grad Assistant Zeb Noland will start at quarterback for the Gamecocks.

TransPerfect Music City Bowl: Tennessee () vs. Purdue

Thursday, December 30, 11:30 a.m. ET, ESPN

Purdue may have taken the biggest brunt of opt outs, with star receiver David Bell and star pass rusher George Karlaftis choosing to focus on the NFL Draft instead. Bell accounted for over 30% of the team’s total receiving yards and 25% of the team’s total offensive production and earned First Team All American honors. The Boilermakers’ second-leading receiver, Milton Wright, picked up three of his seven total touchdowns and nearly a third of his total receiving yardage in one game this year. Tennessee lost running back TiYon Evans to Louisville in the transfer portal.

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl: Wisconsin () vs. Arizona State

Thursday, December 30, 11:30 a.m. ET, ESPN

Arizona State is down their biggest playmaker on offense as well as their second leading rusher. Rachaad White opted out of this game in favor of the NFL Draft and DeaMonte Trayanum, who transferred to Ohio State; they’re also without three starting defenders, including both corners (NFL Draft). Despite the opt outs, the market saw action on the Sun Devils, moving them down from +7 to +6 the week before Christmas. Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst is an effective bowl game coach, going 5-1 during his tenure in Madison.

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: #17 Wake Forest () vs. Rutgers

Friday, December 31, 11:00 a.m. ET, ESPN

Rutgers was a late replacement for Texas A&M, who was unable to play in this game with a COVID outbreak. The Scarlet Knights won five games this year, but went 2-7 in conference play. Some places have slated Wake Forest as a 14- to 14.5-point favorite, but many US sportsbooks like DraftKings Sportsbook don’t offer odds at the moment. Bettors should keep an eye out for when odds become widely available and to shop around to get the best price.

Wake has no opt outs and will be led by Sam Hartman, who is likely suiting up for them for the last time. Rutgers was susceptible on defense this year, giving up 52 to Ohio State, 31 to Michigan State, and 52 to Wisconsin.

Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl: Washington State vs. Central Michigan

Friday, December 31, 12:00 p.m. ET, CBS

Central Michigan replaced Miami after both Miami withdrew from this game and Boise State withdrew from the Arizona Bowl due to COVID protocols. Central Michigan rosters the nation’s leading rusher, Lew Nichols III and the nation’s most dangerous returnman, Kalil Pimpleton. This game will not be televised nationally. Washington State has been under the direction of Jake Dickert for some time now, giving this time continuity. Under Dickert, Wazzu plans to revert back to a true air raid system (instead of run-and-shoot), which may be begin this game.

Outback Bowl: Penn State () vs. #21 Arkansas

Saturday, January 1, 12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Arkansas will be without star receiver Treylon Burks, who opted out and is expected to be a first-round NFL Draft pick. The loss of Burks is major for the Razorbacks’ offense, but KJ Jefferson has shown to be able to carry them to points (see: Ole Miss game). Penn State has their fair share of opt outs, mainly on the defensive side. Leading tacklers Brandon Smith and Ellis Brooks (NFL Draft) are out and defensive coordinator Brent Pry left to coach Virginia Tech. Star safety Jaquan Brisker is the most recent Nittany Lion to opt out.

Vrbo Citrus Bowl: #15 Iowa vs. #22 Kentucky ()

Saturday, January 1, 1:00 p.m. ET, ABC

Iowa’s top offensive player, running back Tyler Goodson, will not play in this game to focus on preparing for the NFL Draft. He was the engine behind what little offensive prowess the Hawkeyes found this year, much of which came off short fields and turnovers. Star center Tyler Linderbaum will play, but starting corner Matt Hankins will not (injured). Kentucky linebackers coach John Sumrall will coach his last game for the Wildcats before leading to be the head coach at Troy.

TaxAct Texas Bowl: LSU vs. Kansas State ()

Tuesday, January 4, 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

The final bowl game of 2021-22 is bringing as much personnel news as any game this cycle. For Kansas State, quarterback Skylar Thompson is expected to play, but his status was up in the air for most of the Bowl Season after he suffered a late-season injury. Kansas State parted ways with their offensive coordinator before this game and former K-State star Collin Klein will stand in as the playcaller.

LSU is without quarterbacks Myles Brennan (broken arm, will not be back in time) and Max Johnson (transferred to Texas A&M), leaving Garrett Nussmeier as the only scholarship quarterback. However, for Nussmeier to play, LSU would have to burn his red shirt; rumors around Baton Rouge suggest receiver Jontre Kirklin could suit up to play quarterback, as he was a three-star QB out of high school. LSU is down to an interim after Ed Orgeron was dismissed and Brian Kelly will not yet coach the team.

Tigers’ star receiver Trey Palmer will also not play after entering the transfer portal. Linebacker Damone Clark and defensive lineman Neil Farrell Jr. opted out of this game.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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