ReliaQuest Bowl Odds

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The ReliaQuest Bowl – formerly the Outback Bowl– is scheduled to kick off on Jan. 2 at noon ET during the 2022-23 College Football Bowl Season. The game is held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., home of the Buccaneers and USF Bulls. The upstart Illinois Fighting Illini (8-4) play the No. 22 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4) in this year’s game. Below, we’ll look at ReliaQuest Bowl odds and bowl history.

ReliaQuest Bowl odds: Illinois Vs. Mississippi State

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Despite the sudden tragic death of head coach Mike Leach, Mississippi State will play Illinois in the ReliaQuest Bowl. It’s a difficult situation for both teams, so tread with caution when handicapping and betting this game. Illinois is a favorite in the game, which has an over/under set at points.

Defensive coordinator Zach Arnett takes over the helm for State, in this game and full-time next season. Corner Emmanuel Forbes opted out of the game for the NFL Draft while leading receiver Rara Thomas hit the portal. State’s defense was strong this season, especially against the run late in the season. Against a run-first team like Illinois, that’s a positive.

Everyone is on hand for Illinois in terms of the depth chart. However, defensive coordinator Ryan Walters accepted the head coaching job at Purdue.

The Fighting Illini will also be without both starting corners, Devon Witherspoon and Sydney Brown, both of whom were named first team All-Big Ten this year. On the other side of the ball, workhorse running back Chase Brown will not play in the game, either. The Illini didn’t produce much offense outside of Brown this season.

Motivation will be at an all-time high for a team playing for Mike Leach. However, the toll taken on the team is notable, too. As mentioned, tread with caution.

Notable Opt Outs

Illinois: CB Devon Witherspoon, CB Sydney Brown, RB Chase Brown

Mississippi State: CB Emmanuel Forbes, WR Rara Thomas, RB Dillon Johnson

ReliaQuest Bowl betting

Last year, KJ Jefferson and the upstart Arkansas Razorbacks beat the Penn State Nittany Lions 24-10 in a defensive slugfest. Arkansas was a 1.5-point underdog in the game following a swath of opt outs, most notably receiver Treylon Burks, after opening as a three-point favorite; Arkansas easily covered both numbers under 50.5 points also cashed.

Previous Years

In 2020, Indiana was a 9.5-point favorite over a struggling Ole Miss team, but were stifled and lost the game 26-20. 2020 and 2021 added onto a run of underdogs cashing, now five years long. All five of those underdogs also won outright and four of those spreads were over a touchdown at close.

The last two outings saw the under cash, but before then a run of three straight overs hit thanks to some low-set point totals. 17 of the last 22 underdogs covered the spread, but nine straight favorites covered from 1990-98 to bring the all-time series record to 17-14 in favor of underdogs. Overs all-time are 18-12-1.

History

Below are historical results of the ReliaQuest Bowl.

The first Outback Bowl was played in 1986, then known as the Hall of Fame Bowl, where Boston College beat Georgia 27-24.

DateWinnerScoreLoserScore
January 2, 2023#22 Mississippi State19Illinois10
January 1, 2022#22 Arkansas24Penn State10
January 2, 2021Ole Miss26#7 Indiana20
January 1, 2020#16 Minnesota31#9 Auburn24
January 1, 2019Iowa27#18 Mississippi State22
January 1, 2018South Carolina26Michigan19
January 2, 2017#20 Florida30#21 Iowa3
January 1, 2016Tennessee45#12 Northwestern6
January 1, 2015#17 Wisconsin34#19 Auburn31 (OT)
January 1, 2014#14 LSU21Iowa14
January 1, 2013#11 South Carolina33#19 Michigan28
January 2, 2012#12 Michigan State33#18 Georgia30 (3OT)
January 1, 2011Florida37Penn State24
January 1, 2010Auburn38Northwestern35 (OT)
January 1, 2009Iowa31South Carolina10
January 1, 2008#16 Tennessee21#18 Wisconsin17
January 1, 2007Penn State20#17 Tennessee10
January 2, 2006#16 Florida31#25 Iowa24
January 1, 2005#8 Georgia24#16 Wisconsin21
January 1, 2004#13 Iowa37#17 Florida17
January 1, 2003#12 Michigan38#22 Florida30
January 1, 2002#14 South Carolina31#22 Ohio State28
January 1, 2001South Carolina24#19 Ohio State7
January 1, 2000#21 Georgia28#19 Purdue25 (OT)
January 1, 1999#22 Penn State26Kentucky14
January 1, 1998#12 Georgia33Wisconsin6
January 1, 1997#16 Alabama17#15 Michigan14
January 1, 1996#15 Penn State43#16 Auburn14
January 2, 1995Wisconsin34#25 Duke20
January 1, 1994#23 Michigan42NC State7
January 1, 1993#17 Tennessee38#16 Boston College23
January 1, 1992#16 Syracuse24#25 Ohio State17
January 1, 1991#14 Clemson30#16 Illinois0
January 1, 1990#9 Auburn31#21 Ohio State14
January 2, 1989#17 Syracuse23#16 LSU10
January 2, 1988Michigan28Alabama24
December 23, 1986Boston College27Georgia24

FAQ

When is the 2022 ReliaQuest Bowl?

The 2022 ReliaQuest Bowl will be played on Jan. 2, 2023 at noon ET.

Where is the ReliaQuest Bowl?

Raymond James Stadium in Tampa hosts the ReliaQuest Bowl.

Who is playing in the 2023 ReliaQuest Bowl?

No. 22 Mississippi State plays Illinois in this year’s ReliaQuest Bowl.