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Michael Penix Jr. of the Washington Huskies passes against the Oregon State Beavers at Husky Stadium on Nov. 04, 2022 in Seattle, Washington.
Michael Penix Jr. of the Washington Huskies passes against the Oregon State Beavers at Husky Stadium on Nov. 04, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images via AFP.

With College Football Bowl Season on the way, it's time to look at upset picks. Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy's team is an underdog against a Wisconsin Badgers unit in the midst of a coaching transition. Who else can beat the favorite? Read on for our best college football upset picks for bowl season.

College Football Bowl Season quickly approaches. Bowl games are some of the toughest matchups for bettors to handicap. There are several added variables to consider, including motivation, NFL draftee opt-outs and early transfer portal entrants.

When it comes to upset picks, Bowl Season doesn’t yield the same long shot odds as the regular season. However, bowl matchups' relatively even natures only increase the chance to nail a plus-money underdog or two.

Here are some of our top College Football Bowl Season upset picks (odds via PointsBet and Caesars Sportsbook).

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College Football 2022 Bowl Game Upset Picks

  • Florida (+315 via PointsBet)
  • Oklahoma State (+130 via Caesars)
  • Washington (+195 via PointsBet)

Bowl Season College Football Upset Picks

Florida (+315) vs. Oregon State

On the surface, it seems the Oregon State Beavers' run-heavy offense is poised for success in the Las Vegas Bowl matchup against the Florida Gators. After all, the Gators were one of college football's poorer run defenses this season, allowing 179.5 yards per game. 

Even so, OSU likely has a tougher time against an SEC opponent. Given how lackluster the Beavers’ aerial attack is since quarterback Ben Gulbranson took over for injured Chance Nolan, expect Florida to stack the box against the run defensively. 

Speaking of quarterbacks, Florida is without Anthony Richardson's services in the Vegas Bowl after he declared for the NFL Draft. Redshirt freshman Jack Miller is the new probable starter. This may not be a bad thing as Florida head coach Billy Napier continues to build for the future.

Despite the market moving in reaction to UF's quarterback situation, it’s hard to view Oregon State as a total lock to win. The Beavers lost last year’s bowl game as seven-point favorites to Utah State. As a program, OSU’s last bowl victory came all the way back in 2013.

Oklahoma State (+130) vs. Wisconsin

This year’s Guaranteed Rate Bowl features a pair of teams whose starting QBs already joined the transfer portal. While the Cowboys will be without Spencer Sanders, the Badgers lose Graham Mertz when the two sides go head-to-head in Phoenix.

In addition to QB, Wisconsin is in a full-blown transition. The Badgers recently hired head coach Luke Fickell after firing Paul Chryst during the regular season. It’s anyone’s guess what this bowl game roster looks like.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State knows who its head coach is for the bowl game and the foreseeable future. What’s more, Gundy-coached teams have a track record of being incredibly successful as betting underdogs. 

The Guaranteed Rate Bowl doesn’t take place until December 27, something that should also benefit the Cowboys. After being ravaged by injuries and falling out of the Big 12 title race, OSU gets a few key pieces back for the postseason.

Washington (+195) vs. Texas

There’s no denying the Alamo Bowl will be a road game for the Washington Huskies. Bank on Texas Longhorns fans packing the Alamodome as Texas returns to the postseason for the first time since 2020. Yet, bettors can’t help but give the 12th-ranked Huskies a shot at the upset.

Washington's football program got huge news earlier this week when QB Michael Penix Jr. announced he'd skip the NFL Draft and return in 2023. With Penix operating the offense, Washington is more than capable of scoring on what's been a markedly inconsistent Texas defense.

On the other side of the ball, Washington’s defensive ability to limit Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson looms large. Of course, Texas signal caller Quinn Ewers and the Longhorns' passing attack can do damage against a porous Huskies' secondary. Is it enough to keep pace with Penix and Co. on the scoreboard?

Where to Bet on College Football Bowl Season Upset Picks

Here are our top-rated sportsbooks:

College Football Bowl Season upset picks made 12/7/2022 at 3:57 p.m. ET