Once this season is finally over and done with, we will have one more year of the status quo before big changes come in the 2024 season. Some conferences are doing away with divisions, while also seeing teams heading to new conference homes, but it is the change to the playoffs that is the biggest deal of them all. When the 2024 season rolls around, we will make the switch to a 12-team playoff, a move that has been on the cards for several years now. How that impacts bowl season as a whole remains to be seen, so for now, all we can do is focus on the present. Bowl season is upon us, with the action starting a few short days. We are going to do all we can to cover as many of the games as possible. For this one, we are looking at the Las Vegas Bowl, which will be played at Allegiant Stadium in Sin City at 2:30 PM EST on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will meet in this one, with the Beavers a 10-point favorite and the point total set at 52 ½. That being said, it’s time to have a closer look at both teams and how they arrive to this matchup so you can bet against their College Football Bowl Odds.
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It was a season of change for the Florida Gators, who brought in Bill Napier to replace Dan Mullen, who was fired at the tail end of last season. It takes time for a college coach to start recruiting the players he wants to play in the system put in place, and it was certainly a trying first season for Napier, who saw his team finish at 6-6, which is well off the pace of what Gators fans expect from their team. The Gators got off to a promising start, taking out a ranked Utah team in the opening week of the season, but they were unable to find the level of consistency needed to make a run at a championship. They ended up going just 3-5 in the SEC, which will not cut it when playing in the same division as Georgia. Florida went 7-5 ATS this season and saw the OVER hit in 7 of their 12 games.
Oregon State Beavers
The Beavers had a bit of a rollercoaster ride this season, going through hot periods of play and a couple of downturns. They made it look easy against lesser opposition to get to 3-0 on the season, but then ended up taking back-to-back losses against ranked Utah and USC. They righted the ship and won 3 in a row after that before losing to Washington in an absolute season killer. They could have easily gone into the hole after that, but the Beavers finished strong, reeling off 3 in a row to close out the season. They will be coming into this one with the goal of making it double-digit wins in 2022. The Oregon State Beavers averaged roughly 32 PPG and surrendered a touch over 21 PPG, so pretty well rounded. They were an impressive 10-2 ATS and 7-5 O/U.
Betting and Prediction
The Beavers are a pretty solid favorite for this one, although I have to say that the 10-point spread makes me a little nervous. I would be inclined to go with the Gators to keep things a little closer, although I do like Oregon State to win. The wager that I’ll be going with here is the OVER, as I think we are looking at a potential shootout.
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