College Football 2022 Arizona Bowl Preview & Prediction

College Football 2022 Arizona Bowl Preview & Prediction

Written by on December 21, 2022

The college bowl season is upon us, and there are a plethora of bowls for your viewing entertainment. On Friday, December 30th, the Ohio Bobcats will square off against the Wyoming Cowboys in the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. This game will be played at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

The Bobcats finished the season with a 9-4 record. They will be representing the MAC. The Cowboys come in at 7-5, and are coming from the Mountain West Conference. Let’s take a brief look at each of the participants, and then we will give you our prediction for the 2022 Arizona Bowl.

Arizona Bowl Preview & Prediction

Ohio Bobcats

Ohio finished their MAC season with a 7-1 record, losing their season finale to Toledo by a score of 17-7. The Bobcats have a very good offense, as they average nearly 30 points per game. With a strong running game, Ohio averages nearly six yards per play, which ranks them 39th in the country. They’ll be facing a very vulnerable Wyoming defense that struggles to stop the ground game. We’ll see if starting quarterback CJ Harris, who replaced starter Curtis Rourke after Rourke tore his ACL in November, has what it takes to lead Ohio to victory.

Defensively, Ohio has a strong run defense. However, the secondary has some issues. Ohio is ranked 165th in the country in pass defense, so look for the Cowboys to try and attack the weakness of the Bobcat defense.

Wyoming Cowboys

After going 5-3 in the Mountain West, the Cowboys are happy to be in the Arizona Bowl. Offensively, the Cowboys have struggled. They’re averaging just over 19 points per game, and haven’t put more than 17 points on the scoreboard since October. The strength of the Wyoming offense is their rushing attack, so we’ll see if they choose to go that route, or if they try to attack Ohio’s lackluster secondary. They only average just over 125 passing yards per game, so we’ll be surprised if they stray away from their rushing attack.

Wyoming has a good defense, so we’ll see if they can slow down the Ohio running game, or if Ohio will try and air things out. This should be a good battle.


These two programs have only met twice before. In a home-and-home series in 2007 and 2008, the Cowboys were victorious in both matchups. Both teams are looking for their fourth consecutive bowl victory as well. 

In looking at the spread for this game, the Ohio Bobcats are favored by one point. Ohio is 9-4 against the spread this season, while Wyoming is 6-6 against the spread. The Bobcats are 5-0 straight up in their last five games as a favorite, so that is a good sign to take the Ohio Bobcats.

We’re going to follow that sign and go with Ohio in this one. The Ohio offense will overpower the Wyoming defense and will be able to put up enough points to cover the spread. We just can’t see Wyoming’s lackluster offense putting up many points on the Bobcat defense. Ohio wins the Arizona Bowl 24-14.


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