Petco Park in San Diego will host the 2022 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl on December 28th. The two teams chosen to compete in this warm-weather event will be the Oregon Ducks, representing the Pac-12 conference, and the North Carolina Tar Heels, representing the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Oregon enters the Holiday Bowl with a 9-3 record, while North Carolina comes into this one at 9-4. This should be a very entertaining matchup between two high-scoring teams.
Let’s now preview each of the teams, and then we’ll give you our NCAA Football Bowl Betting prediction for the 2022 Holiday Bowl.
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North Carolina Tar Heels
After losing many players from last year’s squad, including quarterback Sam Howell, many felt that this would be a rebuilding season for North Carolina. Mack Brown and his squad had other ideas, and the UNC Tar Heels made it all the way to the ACC Championship game.
North Carolina averages just over 35 points per game. Their passing offense is one of the best in the nation, as they throw for nearly 320 yards per game. Quarterback Drake Maye has thrown for over 4100 yards with 35 touchdown passes. Maye is also the team’s leading rusher, as he has run for 635 yards on the season.
The Tar Heels defense can be scored upon, as they’re giving up 31 points per game. Oregon will be able to run or throw, as the Carolina defense is susceptible to both. We will see if a very good Oregon Ducks offense will be able to put some points on the board against the defense of UNC.
This is Oregon’s sixth-straight bowl appearance. Oregon’s offense averaged just under 40 points per game. Transfer quarterback Bo Nix has been a great addition to the Ducks offense. Nix passed for over 3300 yards with 27 touchdowns and just six interceptions. With Nix running the show, Oregon’s passing game has flourished.
However, the Oregon Ducks offense is powered by their strong running attack. Oregon ranks 14th in the country in yards on the ground, as the Ducks average 216 yards per game on the ground.
The defense has been better than expected, as the Ducks give up just over 27 points per game. They have an excellent rushing defense, as they’re giving up just over 125 yards per game. Oregon’s top secondary player, Christian Gonzalez, has opted out of this game, so that should be a huge advantage for the Tar Heels passing attack.
The Ducks have been made a big favorite in this one, as they are favored to win by 13.5 points. Unfortunately, both teams have had quite a few players opt out of this game. The opt-outs will hurt North Carolina more than Oregon, as UNC has had numerous players decide not to play in the Holiday Bowl.
Oregon has a good defense, along with a good offense. With North Carolina missing so many players, we give the advantage to Oregon. The Ducks will win a high-scoring affair by the score of 45-38. Oregon wins the game but won’t cover the spread.