The SDCCU Holiday Bowl is scheduled to kick off on Dec. 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT during the 2022-23 College Football Bowl Season. The game is held at Petco Park in San Diego, home of the San Diego Padres. This year, the ACC runner-up North Carolina Tar Heels (9-4) play the No. 15 Oregon Ducks (9-3) from the Pac-12. The game hasn’t been played since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, we’ll look at Holiday Bowl odds and bowl history.
Holiday Bowl participants will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 4, following the reveal of the college football playoff.
Holiday Bowl odds: North Carolina Vs. Oregon
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Oregon is a favorite over North Carolina in the Holiday Bowl. This line’s skyrocketed since opening at -9.5 and the Ducks have one of the highest expected win rates of the Bowl Season. The over/under is one of the highest marks this cycle at points.
Drake Maye was one of the most prolific QBs this season, but he fizzled down his last three starts, dropping each of them. North Carolina failed to produce much of anything offensively against three strong defensive lines in Georgia Tech, NC State, and Clemson. This rolls into the physical defense of Oregon in their bowl game.
UNC is also down star receiver Josh Downs, who opted out for the NFL Draft. Multiple starters transferred out– including both starting corners– and offensive coordinator Phil Longo left for Wisconsin. Oregon is without stars Noah Sewell and Christian Gonzales, who opted out for the NFL, and offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, who left to coach Arizona State.
Bo Nix is expected play in this game despite injury and NFL Draft rumors, per Dan Lanning.
Both teams should be able to move the football, especially through the air, against opposing defenses that sit in the bottom 10 nationally. Oregon boasts the nation’s most efficient run game, but that phase drastically changes if Nix isn’t 100%. The Ducks also have a travel advantage, playing in their own time zone on the West Coast.
Keep an eye on the weather, as there is a slight chance of rain during the game.
Notable Opt Outs
North Carolina: WR Josh Downs, CB Storm Duck, CB Tony Grimes, DL Keeshawn Silver
Oregon: CB Christian Gonzales, LB Noah Sewell, LB Justin Flowe, WR Dont’e Thornton
Holiday Bowl betting
The Holiday Bowl was last played in 2019. In that edition, Iowa from the Big Ten beat USC from the Pac-12 49-24, easily covering a +1.5 spread and a 54.5-point total. The Hawkeyes’ secondary a good answer to a USC passing attack led by Kedon Slovis and featured NFL receivers like Amon-Ra St. Brown, Michael Pittman, Drake London, and Velus Jones Jr.
Underdogs are 16-7 in the Holiday Bowl dating back to 1997, including eight- and five-year runs. Overs hit in each of the last three editions of this game, but unders are 14-9 since 1997.
Below are historical results of the Holiday Bowl.
The first Holiday Bowl was played in 1978, where Navy beat LaVell Edwards’ BYU team, led by Jim McMahon.
|December 28||#15 Oregon||28||North Carolina||27|
|December 27, 2019||#19 Iowa||49||#22 USC||24|
|December 31, 2018||Northwestern||31||#20 Utah||20|
|December 28, 2017||#19 Michigan State||42||#21 Washington State||17|
|December 27, 2016||Minnesota||17||Washington State||12|
|December 30, 2015||#23 Wisconsin||23||USC||21|
|December 27, 2014||#24 USC||45||#25 Nebraska||42|
|December 30, 2013||Texas Tech||37||#16 Arizona State||23|
|December 27, 2012||Baylor||49||#17 UCLA||26|
|December 28, 2011||Texas||21||California||10|
|December 30, 2010||Washington||19||#17 Nebraska||7|
|December 30, 2009||#20 Nebraska||33||#22 Arizona||0|
|December 30, 2008||#15 Oregon||42||#13 Oklahoma State||31|
|December 27, 2007||#17 Texas||52||#12 Arizona State||34|
|December 28, 2006||#20 California||45||#21 Texas A&M||10|
|December 29, 2005||Oklahoma||17||#6 Oregon||14|
|December 30, 2004||#23 Texas Tech||45||#4 California||31|
|December 30, 2003||#15 Washington State||28||#5 Texas||20|
|December 27, 2002||#6 Kansas State||34||Arizona State||27|
|December 28, 2001||#9 Texas||47||#21 Washington||43|
|December 29, 2000||#8 Oregon||35||#12 Texas||30|
|December 29, 1999||#7 Kansas State||24||Washington||20|
|December 30, 1998||#5 Arizona||23||#14 Nebraska||20|
|December 29, 1997||#18 Colorado State||35||#19 Missouri||24|
|December 30, 1996||#8 Colorado||33||#13 Washington||21|
|December 29, 1995||#10 Kansas State||54||Colorado State||21|
|December 30, 1994||#20 Michigan||24||#10 Colorado State||14|
|December 30, 1993||#11 Ohio State||28||BYU||21|
|December 30, 1992||Hawaii||27||Illinois||17|
|December 30, 1991||BYU||13||#7 Iowa||13|
|December 29, 1990||Texas A&M||65||#13 BYU||14|
|December 29, 1989||#18 Penn State||50||#19 BYU||39|
|December 30, 1988||#12 Oklahoma State||62||#15 Wyoming||14|
|December 30, 1987||#18 Iowa||20||Wyoming||19|
|December 30, 1986||#19 Iowa||39||San Diego State||38|
|December 22, 1985||#14 Arkansas||18||Arizona State||17|
|December 21, 1984||#1 BYU||24||Michigan||17|
|December 23, 1983||#9 BYU||21||Missouri||17|
|December 17, 1982||#17 Ohio State||47||BYU||17|
|December 18, 1981||#14 BYU||38||#20 Washington State||36|
|December 19, 1980||#14 BYU||46||#19 SMU||45|
|December 21, 1979||Indiana||38||#9 BYU||37|
|December 22, 1978||Navy||23||BYU||16|
When is the 2022 Holiday Bowl?
The 2022 Holiday Bowl will be played on Dec. 28, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
Where is the Holiday Bowl?
Petco Park in San Diego hosts the Holiday Bowl. It’s primarily the home for the San Diego Padres, making it one of four MLB parks to host college football bowl games. This will be the first Holiday Bowl held in the ballpark, as it was last held in SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium), which was closed and demolished in 2020.
Who is playing in the 2022 Holiday Bowl?
No. 15 Oregon plays North Carolina in the 2022 Holiday Bowl.