The LendingTree Bowl is set for a Dec. 17 kick at 5:45 p.m. ET during the 2022-23 College Football Bowl Season. The game– which has undergone multiple sponsor changes from GoDaddy to Dollar General and GMAC– is held in Mobile, Alabama at Hancock Whitney Stadium; it’s one of 12 bowl games held in a stadium that primarily hosts an FBS team. This year, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (6-6) play the Rice Owls (5-7). Below, we’ll look at LendingTree Bowl odds and bowl history.
LendingTree Bowl odds: Southern Miss Vs. Rice
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Southern Miss is a favorite against Rice in the LendingTree Bowl. In college football, 14% of games end in a seven-point differential, which is referred to as the “push rate.” Even a half-point move on or off -7 represents a major shift in implied win probability.
Southern Miss is one of the closes schools to their bowl site, with Hattiesburg sitting just 90 minutes away from Mobile.
At 5-7, Rice lucked into a bowl after Appalachian State, Army, and James Madison were deemed bowl in-eligible. The Owls finished 114th in points per drive allowed and just 73rd in points per drive scored. Over their last seven games of the season, Rice failed to record a win over a team ranked higher than 107th in the SP+ rating system.
On the other side, Southern Miss won six games and landed in a bowl after going 3-9 in 2021. Offensively, this is much of the same from the three-win team, though. They rank 111th in points scored per drive and the passing offense is nonexistent. Frank Gore Jr. continues to be the primary engine that drives the offense, recording 207 carries this season for just seven touchdowns.
Rice is 112th in rush yards per attempt allowed (4.9), including 6.4 yards per carry over their last three games. At , the market expects this game to be run-heavy and low scoring from a pair of uninspiring offenses.
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LendingTree Bowl betting
Last year’s LendingTree Bowl was one of the most lopsided of the Bowl Season. Malik Willis and the Liberty Flames routed the Eastern Michigan Eagles 56-20 behind five total TDs from Willis (three passing, two rushing). Liberty was an 8.5-point favorite (-120), but easily covered that spread. The over, set at 58.5 points, was nearly covered by Liberty themselves.
Liberty was among the most popular Bowl Confidence picks in both spread and outright.
In 2020, Georgia State covered a three-point spread, beating Western Kentucky 39-21. But before then, underdogs had covered in five straight games and in eight of the last ten– including five outright upsets. The run was needed, as underdogs failed to cover in nine straight years from 2001-09. Overall, favorites are 12-10-1 in the LendingTree Bowl.
Overs are 12-11 in the history of the bowl game, including 2-0 in each of the last two outings.
Below are historical results of the LendingTree Bowl.
The first LendingTree Bowl was played in 1999– at the time called the Mobile Alabama Bowl– where TCU beat East Carolina 28-14.
|December 17, 2022||LendingTree Bowl||Southern Miss||38||Rice||24|
|December 18, 2021||LendingTree Bowl||Liberty||56||Eastern Michigan||20|
|December 26, 2020||LendingTree Bowl||Georgia State||39||Western Kentucky||21|
|January 6, 2020||LendingTree Bowl||Louisiana||27||Miami (Ohio)||17|
|December 22, 2018||Dollar General Bowl||Troy||42||Buffalo||32|
|December 23, 2017||Dollar General Bowl||Appalachian State||34||Toledo||0|
|December 23, 2016||Dollar General Bowl||Troy||28||Ohio||23|
|December 23, 2015||GoDaddy Bowl||Georgia Southern||58||Bowling Green||27|
|January 4, 2015||GoDaddy Bowl||Toledo||63||Arkansas State||44|
|January 5, 2014||GoDaddy Bowl||Arkansas State||23||Ball State||20|
|January 6, 2013||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Arkansas State||17||Kent State||13|
|January 8, 2012||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Northern Illinois||38||Arkansas State||20|
|January 6, 2011||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Miami (Ohio)||35||Middle Tennessee||21|
|January 6, 2010||GMAC Bowl||Central Michigan||44||Troy||41 (2OT)|
|January 6, 2009||GMAC Bowl||Tulsa||45||Ball State||13|
|January 6, 2008||GMAC Bowl||Tulsa||63||Bowling Green||7|
|January 7, 2007||GMAC Bowl||Southern Miss||28||Ohio||7|
|December 21, 2005||GMAC Bowl||Toledo||45||UTEP||13|
|December 22, 2004||GMAC Bowl||Bowling Green||52||Memphis||35|
|December 18, 2003||GMAC Bowl||Miami (Ohio)||49||Louisville||28|
|December 18, 2002||GMAC Bowl||Marshall||38||Louisville||15|
|December 19, 2001||GMAC Bowl||Marshall||64||East Carolina||61 (2OT)|
|December 20, 2000||Mobile Alabama Bowl||Southern Miss||28||TCU||21|
|December 22, 1999||Mobile Alabama Bowl||TCU||28||East Carolina||14|
When is the 2022 LendingTree Bowl?
The 2022 LendingTree Bowl will be played on Dec. 17, 2022 at 5:45 p.m. ET.
Where is the LendingTree Bowl?
TheLendingTree Bowl is played at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The bowl moved there when the stadium opened in 2020 and was previously played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium also in Mobile.
Who is playing in the 2022 LendingTree Bowl?
Southern Miss plays Rice in this year’s LendingTree Bowl.