The biggest games on the 2021-2022 college football bowl schedule will take place from Dec. 30 through Jan. 1. Both College Football Playoff games feature betting lines north of a touchdown. The Peach Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl all have spreads of less than seven points.
Here are picks against the spread and the latest betting odds for the New Year’s Six bowl games. Point spreads come from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Dec. 30, 2021
Peach Bowl: No. 10 Michigan State (+1) vs. No. 12 Pittsburgh
This is a bad matchup for the Spartans, who have given up the most passing yards in the country. Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett is the best player in the Peach Bowl (assuming he plays), and he’s likely to prove it with a big performance against Michigan State. Pickett is fifth among all quarterbacks in passing yards. In their two losses, the Spartans surrendered 968 passing yards, nine touchdowns and an 80.9% completion rate.
Prediction ATS: Pittsburgh
Dec. 31, 2021
Cotton Bowl Classic (CFP semifinal): No. 1 Alabama (-13.5) vs. No. 4 Cincinnati
There’s a reason Power Five teams have dominated the playoffs. With several weeks to prepare for Cincinnati, Nick Saban and Alabama won’t have a problem reaching the national championship game. The Bearcats’ defense hasn’t faced a quarterback like Bryce Young, who just torched Georgia’s top-ranked defense for 421 passing yards and four total touchdowns.
Prediction ATS: Alabama
Orange Bowl (CFP semifinal): No. 2 Michigan (+7.5) vs. No. 3 Georgia
Michigan’s defense will at least give it a chance to pull off the upset. Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett had his worst performance of the season in the SEC Championship Game when facing Alabama in the biggest game of his college football career. The Wolverines outscored Maryland, Ohio State and Iowa by 95 total points in their last three games. Expect a close, low-scoring game that is decided in the final minutes.
Prediction ATS: Michigan
Jan. 1, 2022
Fiesta Bowl: No. 5 Notre Dame (-2) vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State
Marcus Freeman has his hands full in his debut as Notre Dame’s head coach. The Fighting Irish have a seven-game winning streak, but none of those wins came against teams that are ranked or even received one vote in the last AP Top 25 Poll. Oklahoma State is third in opponents’ yards per play. In Notre Dame’s only loss, it scored a season-low 13 points against Cincinnati, which ranks fourth in yards per play allowed.
Prediction ATS: Oklahoma State
Rose Bowl: No. 6 Ohio State (-6.5) vs. No. 11 Utah
Utah couldn't have been more impressive in the Pac-12 Championship Game, winning 38-10 against an Oregon team that defeated Ohio State earlier this season. During their six-game winning streak, the Utes are scoring 39.7 points per game. Heisman Trophy finalist C.J. Stroud and Ohio State’s No. 1-ranked offense will turn this into a shootout and possibly the most exciting game on the New Year’s schedule.
Prediction ATS: Utah
Sugar Bowl: No. 7 Baylor (-1.5) vs. No. 8 Ole Miss
Baylor’s defense showed up in a big way over the team’s last four games, winning the Big 12 Championship and stifling some of the nation’s top offenses. Ole Miss quarterback Matt Coral could be held in check for a large part of this game, severely hurting the Rebels’ chances.
Prediction ATS: Baylor
Michigan Wolverines Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh reacts to a call during the second quarter of the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohio State defeated Michigan 56-27. Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images
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