College Football Bowl Game To Bet On Now Before Dec. 22 Kickoff

College Football Bowl Game To Bet On Now Before Dec. 22 Kickoff
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✍️ Written by
Ty Bronicel
🗓 Updated
Aug 23rd 2023

The holiday season is fast approaching, as it does every year except for those COVID ones, but the volume of bowl games won’t be amped up until two days after Present Day (when there are no bowl games), Tuesday, Dec. 27.

But to get you into the spirit and hopefully put a little cash into your pocket to pay off those outrageous, eye-popping charges you’ll be staring at while cursing and shaking your head in the coming weeks, let’s look at a couple of earlier games.

These are my gifts to you. Although bowl games can be like a box of chocolates, in that some of them just suck (teams, matchups and outcomes) let’s find a single top-notch confectionary truffle that’s a tasty winner.

The odds I’m using are from DraftKings, which offers awesome sign-up bonuses as do other great gambling sites, so check out all the great offers available in your state including those from BetMGM, FanDuel, and many more.

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Armed Forces Bowl: AIR FORCE (+4.5) vs. Baylor

You might be saying to yourself – or not – well, hang on, Bronicel, didn’t you pick Baylor to win yesterday in your post about a great bowls prop bet?

I did indeed, sports fans. But this against the mighty point spread, my friends, and that half-point hook might be the difference in this one.

All of the metrics (including the one from’s predictive computer algorithm tool) predict this is between pick ‘em and a three-point game, tops.

The spread has dropped from Baylor -6.5 to as low as 4 at some books, but 4.5 looks sweet to me.

Air Force, which finished 9-3 to Baylor’s 6-6, is that good. Particularly their defense which is just insanely stifling (ninth-best overall in the country).

As far as Air Force’s offense, the Falcons use their famous option attack to just ram the ball down your throats the entire game. In fact, they run the ball 88 percent of the time on offense.

Baylor’s defense, meanwhile, ranked 99th in the country this year in success rate against the run.

All of this should add up to a low-scoring affair – the over/under has plummeted from its opening 49.5 to its current 43.5 (that might be too low).

And per ESPN’s betting tips/trends:

Air Force has covered three consecutive bowl games.

Air Force is 20-10-1 ATS as an underdog since the start of the 2014 season.

Finally, even though this is basically a home game for Baylor, going from Waco to Forth Worth, while the Falcons had to fly from bitter-cold Colorado Springs, Air Force is the hotter team and seems to have more motivation.

Take the Falcons with the +4.5, but do it before kickoff (7:30 p.m. ET) on ESPN.

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