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Michael Barrett of the Michigan Wolverines scores a touchdown after intercepting a pass against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Michael Barrett of the Michigan Wolverines scores a touchdown after intercepting a pass against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images via AFP.

There are 43 bowl games this postseason, including the three College Football Playoff games. Read on for our three best bets for the 2022 bowl season.

Bowl season kicks off on Friday, Dec. 16 with the Miami (OH) Redhawks taking on the UAB Blazers in the HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl. The game is the first of 43 bowl games that will take place between the 16th and the National Championship on Monday, Jan. 9. 

Sorting through all the bowl games to find the best bets and the best odds at each sportsbook can be a bit tedious. Therefore, we have done the work for you.

Here are our three best value bets for the 2022 bowl season (odds via PointsBet, Caesars, and FanDuel Sportsbook).

3 Best Value Bets for Bowl Season

  • Kansas State ML vs. Alabama (+145 via PointsBet)
  • Michigan to win National Championship (+300 via FanDuel)
  • UConn ML vs. Marshall (+320 via Caesars)

3 Best Value Bets for Bowl Season

Kansas State (+145)

This is just the second time in the history of the College Football Playoff that the Alabama Crimson Tide won’t be playing in the national semifinals. The last time it happened, the Crimson Tide destroyed the Michigan Wolverines 35-16 in the Citrus Bowl.

However, the Kansas State Wildcats have been excellent this season, with losses to the Tulane Green Wave, TCU Horned Frogs, and Texas Longhorns. Those three losses came by a combined 34 points.

Alabama’s two defeats came by a combined four points, but bowl season is all about motivation. For the Big 12 champs to knock off TCU, then get a chance at Alabama, it’s hard to imagine them not being the more motivated team here. And not only are they more motivated, but they may also be the better team outright.

As for odds, there isn’t much of a discrepancy across the major sportsbooks. PointsBet is currently offering the best price at +145.

Michigan to win National Championship (+300)

This number really speaks to how heavily favored the Georgia Bulldogs are to win the national championship. The Wolverines have the second-shortest odds to win the title, yet betting on them would give you a 3-to-1 payout. 

Michigan’s first-round opponent, TCU, currently has the longest odds at +1800 on FanDuel and PointsBet. It’s clear that bettors are expecting the Wolverines to have no problem dispatching the Horned Frogs. If they do, they will go into the national championship game with a moneyline price around +200 against Georgia, and they would be favored against the Buckeyes.

Therefore, there is almost no value in betting the Wolverines to win the championship once they are already in the title game. Instead, take them to win it all now for the best odds.

UConn (+320)

The UConn Huskies miraculously achieved bowl eligibility after starting the season 1-4. The craziest part about their run to six wins is that they actually beat some pretty good teams along the way. They knocked off the Mountain West champion Fresno State Bulldogs, the Liberty Flames, and the ACC’s Boston College Eagles.

The Marshall Thundering Herd have one of the best defenses in the nation, allowing just 16.2 points per game. That could pose a problem for the Huskies who are scoring just 19.8 points per contest.

Yet, the low-scoring nature of Marshall games will allow the Huskies to hang around for a lot longer than they should. They’ve been a pesky team all season, and they have greatly overachieved. They have beaten better teams than Marshall this season, and first-year head coach Jim Mora can pick up a bowl win in his first season when many thought he would struggle to win four games.

Place this bet at either PointsBet, DraftKings, or Caesars for an offering of +320 odds.

Where to Bet on Bowl Season

Here are our top-rated sportsbooks:

Value bets for bowl season picks made 12/8/2022 at 9:49 a.m. ET