College Football Bowl Game Odds: Eight Games Lead Up To Christmas

Written By Brett Gibbons on December 20, 2021
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The first full weekend of bowl game schedule is in the books, but 34 games still remain. Highlighting this week of games include an intrastate rivalry, a showdown of teams defying the odds, and a new bowl game created for 2021. Below, we’ll look at college cootball bowl game odds and the information you need to know; what players opted out? Are there any coaching changes? We’ll cover it all.

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This Week’s College Football Bowl Game Odds

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Old Dominion vs. Tulsa

Monday, December 20, 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

After making the quarterback switch to Hayden Wolff, Old Dominion won their final five games to hit bowl eligibility. The Monarchs began 1-6, but note their final five games included zero teams ranked over 85th in ESPN’s FPI and three teams outside the top 100. ODU is the second-lowest ranked team in FPI to appear in a bowl this year at 105th (UTEP). Tulsa’s defensive coordinator Joseph Gillespie will not be with the team after accepting the same position at TCU.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Wyoming vs. Kent State

Tuesday, December 21, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

This is a long-distance trip for Kent State, who has to travel nearly three times farther than Wyoming to Boise, Idaho. It’s also an elevation game for the Flashes: Albertsons Stadium sits at 2,695 feet above sea level, which is nearly three times higher in elevation than Kent, Ohio (1,056 feet). Wyoming notably plays at the highest-elevation stadium in the country (7,220 feet). There are no opt outs or major coordinator changes in this game.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl: UTSA vs. No. 24 San Diego State

Tuesday, December 21, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

UTSA is appearing in their third-ever bowl game (2016, 2020) and stays in-state, which could give a fan representation boost. Star back Sincere McCormick opted out of this game in preparation for the NFL Draft after posting back-to-back 1,460+ yard seasons (15 touchdowns in 2021). San Diego State fields three All Americans– defensive lineman Cameron Thomas (second team), guard William Dunkle (second team), and punter Matt Araiza (first team); all will play in this game. The Aztecs were missing many starters in the Mountain West Conference Championship Game due to a COVID outbreak and all will be back for this game.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Army vs. Missouri

Wednesday, December 22, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

Missouri will host a quarterback competition before this game between three contenders. It’s worth noting the Tigers did not have an opt-out or injury that triggered this open competition. Star back Tyler Badie will play in this game, as will Army All American linebacker Andre Carter II. Army is the second-heaviest run team in the nation (86.1%) while Missouri is 11th in rushing yards percentage allowed this season (49.4% of all yardage allowed).

Frisco Football Classic: Miami (OH) vs. North Texas

Thursday, December 23, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

This is the first and rumored only occurrence of the Frisco Football Classic, which was added to the schedule to accommodate all bowl-eligible teams. UNT ran the most plays per game this season (82.3) despite being 37th in time of possession percentage (51.3%). UNT’s campus is also just 30 minutes away from Toyota Stadium in Frisco, making this the closest bowl game to a campus this season. There are no major opt-outs or coaching changes to report for this game.

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl: UCF vs. Florida

Thursday, December 23, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

Florida has one of the most disjointed coaching rooms in the nation for this game. Dan Mullen was fired midseason along with most assistants. While the Gators hired Louisiana coach Billy Napier, he nor his hired assistants will coach in this game. Emory Jones entered the transfer portal, but will play in this game; leading receiver Jacob Copeland will not (transfer portal) and neither will Anthony Richardson (knee injury). UCF replacement QB Mikey Keene did not pass for 250 yards once this season and the Knights broke 30 points just twice under his leadership.

EasyPost Hawaii Bowl: Hawai’i vs. Memphis

Friday, December 24, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

One of the emerging stories this postseason is the football culture in Hawai’i. Head coach Todd Grantham has been accused of a hostile environment, causing players to “kill [their] love and passion for football” (Mark Delucchi, SFGate). Starting quarterback Chevan Cordeiro and star running back Dae Dae Hunter will not play in the game after entering the transfer portal. Backup QB Brayden Schager passed for just two touchdowns and five interceptions in limited time this year.

Memphis notably is a very young team and makes the longest trek of any team for bowl season in this game. Leading receiver Calvin Austin III will sit this one out in preparation for the NFL Draft.

TaxAct Camellia Bowl: Georgia State vs. Ball State

Saturday, December 25, 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

According to ESPN’s Bill Connelly’s second-order win total, Ball State was 1.5 games over expected based on their 2021 game outcomes. Turnover luck and a myriad of other unpredictable factors won them at least two games. Neither team has any major opt outs or coaching changes to report in this game. Crowd shouldn’t be much of a factor in this game, as it’s held at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., on Christmas Day.

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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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