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College football odds, lines, predictions for bowl season, 2021-22: Model picks Oklahoma, Auburn

Bowl season is here, bringing over 40 more opportunities for bettors to cash in on the season. The postseason in college football, however, brings plenty of challenges as teams deal with transfers, player opt-outs, coaching changes and other issues. The semifinals of the College Football Playoff unfold on Dec. 31, and the latest college football odds from Caesars Sportsbook list No. 1 Alabama at -13.5 against No. 4 Cincinnati. No. 2 Georgia, meanwhile, is -7.5 against No. 3 Michigan.

Which sides of those college football spreads should you be all over? And which other college football lines offer value as the bowl season stretches from Dec. 17 into January? Before making any college football picks for the 2021-22 bowl schedule, be sure to see the latest college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,700 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters the 2021-22 college football bowl season on a 43-29 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, it has turned its attention to the latest bowl season college football odds from Caesars and locked in picks for every FBS matchup. Head here to see every pick.

Top college football predictions for bowl season

One of the top college football picks the model is recommending for the 2021-22 bowl season: No. 16 Oklahoma (-3) covers against No. 14 Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 at 9:15 p.m. ET. Former OU head coach Bob Stoops will return to lead the squad after Lincoln Riley bolted to USC last week. The Ducks will also have an interim as well with Mario Cristobal on his way to Miami

The model projects that it is Oklahoma’s offense that makes the biggest impact in this matchup. OU quarterback Caleb Williams throws for over 250 yards in the simulations as the Sooners put up 34 points. They cover almost 60 percent of the time, while the under (61.5) also hits in almost 60 percent of simulations.

Another one of the college football predictions from the model: Auburn (-3) covers against No. 23 Houston in the Birmingham Bowl at noon ET on Dec. 28. The Tigers went just 6-6, but played a rugged schedule that included six ranked team. They played perhaps their best game of the year in the regular-season finale, pushing Alabama to overtime in the Iron Bowl before ultimately falling short.

Quarterback T.J. Finley, who took over for the injured Bo Nix (ankle), should bring some confidence into this matchup after playing well against the Tide. SportsLine’s model projects that he’ll throw for well over 250 yards and almost two touchdowns, helping the Tigers cover almost 60 percent of the time. 

How to make college football bowl picks 

The model has also made the call on who wins and covers in every other game during bowl season, and it’s projecting multiple shocking upsets. You can only get every pick for every game at SportsLine.

So what college football picks can you make with confidence? And which underdogs do you need to jump on now? Check out the latest college football odds below, then visit SportsLine to see which teams win and cover the spread, all from a proven computer model that has returned almost $3,700 in profit over the past five-plus seasons, and find out.

College football odds for bowl season (via Caesars)

Here are the college football lines for bowl season:

Dec. 17:

Bahamas Bowl: Toledo vs. MTSU (+9.5, 53.5)

Featured Game | Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders vs. Toledo Rockets

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Cure Bowl: Coastal Carolina vs. Northern Illinois (+10, 62.5)

Featured Game | Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

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Dec. 18:

New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana vs. Marshall (+6, 51.5)

Featured Game | Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs. Marshall Thundering Herd

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L.A. Bowl: Oregon State vs. Utah State (+7.5, 64.5)

Featured Game | Utah State Aggies vs. Oregon State Beavers

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LendingTree Bowl: Liberty vs. Eastern Michigan (+8.5, 57)

Featured Game | Liberty Flames vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles

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Independence Bowl: BYU vs. UAB (+7, 54.5)

Featured Game | UAB Blazers vs. BYU Cougars

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New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State vs. UTEP (+12.5, 52)

Featured Game | UTEP Miners vs. Fresno State Bulldogs

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Boca Raton Bowl: Appalachian State vs. Western Kentucky (+2.5, 67.5)

Featured Game | Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers

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Dec. 20:

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Tulsa vs. Old Dominion (+9.5, 51.5)

Featured Game | Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Old Dominion Monarchs

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Dec. 21:

Frisco Bowl: San Diego State vs. UTSA (-2.5, 49)

Featured Game | UTSA Roadrunners vs. San Diego State Aztecs

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Wyoming vs. Kent State (+3, 58.5)

Featured Game | Wyoming Cowboys vs. Kent State Golden Flashes

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Dec. 22: 

Armed Force Bowl: Army vs. Missouri (+3.5, 59.5)

Featured Game | Missouri Tigers vs. Army West Point Black Knights

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Dec. 23: 

Gasparilla Bowl: Florida vs. UCF (+7.5, 56.5)

Featured Game | Florida Gators vs. UCF Knights

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Frisco Football Classic Bowl: Miami (OH) vs. North Texas (+3.5)

Featured Game | North Texas Mean Green vs. Miami (OH) RedHawks

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Dec. 24:

Hawaii Bowl: Memphis vs. Hawaii (+3, 60)

Featured Game | Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Memphis Tigers

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Dec. 25:

Camellia Bowl: Ball State vs. Georgia State (-3.5, 49.5)

Featured Game | Georgia State Panthers vs. Ball State Cardinals

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Dec. 27:

Military Bowl: Boston College vs. East Carolina (+3.5, 49.5)

Featured Game | Boston College Eagles vs. East Carolina Pirates

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Quick Lane Bowl: Nevada vs. Western Michigan (+2.5, 63)

Featured Game | Western Michigan Broncos vs. Nevada Wolf Pack

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Dec. 28:

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Minnesota vs. West Virginia (+4.5, 44.5)

Featured Game | Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

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Liberty Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Texas Tech (+8, 60)

Featured Game | Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Holiday Bowl: UCLA vs. NC State (-1, 60)

Featured Game | UCLA Bruins vs. NC State Wolfpack

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First Responder Bowl: Air Force vs. Louisville (-1.5, 54.5)

Featured Game | Louisville Cardinals vs. Air Force Falcons

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Birmingham Bowl: Auburn vs. Houston (+3, 52)

Featured Game | Auburn Tigers vs. Houston Cougars

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Dec. 29:

Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Oregon (+3, 61.5)

Featured Game | Oklahoma Sooners vs. Oregon Ducks

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Cheez-It Bowl: Iowa State vs. Clemson (-1, 45.5)

Featured Game | Iowa State Cyclones vs. Clemson Tigers

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Pinstripe Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Maryland (+1.5, 54)

Featured Game | Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Maryland Terrapins

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Fenway Bowl: SMU vs. Virginia (-1, 72.5)

Featured Game | Virginia Cavaliers vs. SMU Mustangs

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Dec. 30:

Las Vegas Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Arizona State (+7, 43)

Featured Game | Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Wisconsin Badgers

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Music City Bowl: Tennessee vs. Purdue (+3, 61)

Featured Game | Tennessee Volunteers vs. Purdue Boilermakers

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Duke’s Mayo Bowl: South Carolina vs. UNC (-7.5, 58.5)

Featured Game | South Carolina Gamecocks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

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Peach Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Michigan State (+3.5, 63)

Featured Game | Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Michigan State Spartans

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Dec. 31

Tony the Tiger Bowl: Washington State vs. Miami (Fla.) (-2.5, 59)

Arizona Bowl: Boise State vs. Central Michigan (+9.5, 53)

Featured Game | Boise State Broncos vs. Central Michigan Chippewas

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TaxSlayer Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest (+6.5, 58.5)

Featured Game | Texas A&M Aggies vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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College Football Playoff semifinal: Alabama vs. Cincinnati (+13.5, 58)

Featured Game | Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

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College Football Playoff semifinal: Georgia vs. Michigan (+7.5, 43.5)

Featured Game | Michigan Wolverines vs. Georgia Bulldogs

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Jan. 1:

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Notre Dame (-1.5, 45.5)

Featured Game | Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Utah (+6.5, 67)

Featured Game | Utah Utes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

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Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Baylor (-1, 52.5)

Featured Game | Ole Miss Rebels vs. Baylor Bears

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Citrus Bowl: Iowa vs. Kentucky (-2.5, 45)

Featured Game | Kentucky Wildcats vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

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Outback Bowl: Penn State vs. Arkansas (+3, 46)

Featured Game | Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

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Jan. 4: 

Texas Bowl: Kansas State vs. LSU (-2.5, 46.5)

Featured Game | LSU Tigers vs. Kansas State Wildcats

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Jan. 10:

CFP National Championship Game: Matchup TBD

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