2022 Celebration Bowl - North Carolina Central vs. Jackson St. Odds

Celebration Bowl Odds - North Carolina Central vs. Jackson State

2022 Celebration Bowl NCAA Football Betting

Deion Sanders will coach his final game at Jackson State on Saturday, December 17, 2022, as the Jackson State Tigers take on the North Carolina Central Eagles in the Celebration Bowl on ABC. Sanders took the head coaching job at Colorado, but he wants to finish his time at Jackson State and coach the bowl game. Sanders put Jackson State on the map in college football and in three seasons, he has gone 27-5. The Tigers went 11-2 last year but lost to South Carolina State in the Celebration Bowl. The Tigers are led on offense by Deion’s son, Shedeur Sanders who was the best quarterback in the SWAC this season. On the other side, North Carolina Central is led by Davius Richard who was the top quarterback in the MEAC this season. North Carolina Central went 9-2 during the regular season, while Jackson State went 12-0. Jackson State is listed as more than a two-touchdown favorite in Celebration Bowl odds.

2022 Celebration Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022

Time (ET) / TV: 12:00 PM / ABC

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Matchup: North Carolina Central Eagles vs. Jackson State Tigers

College Football Betting Lines

North Carolina Central Eagles +14

Jackson State Tigers -14

Total: 55

Celebration Bowl Game Preview

There has been a lot of hoopla lately surrounding the decision by Sanders to leave for Colorado, but Deion is going to coach the team in the bowl game. "He's there. He's there every day.” Assistant coach Gary Harrell said to the media, "It's very important for him to finish this to the very end. Last year really bothered him as far as not completing the celebration Bowl. So this is really important to him. He's gonna put his all into it." Jackson State lost last year's game by as score of 31-10. If Jackson State can win this game they will join Grambling as the only SWAC school to win the Celebration Bowl against the MEAC.

The game could end up as a shootout, as both teams have potent offenses. NCCU has Davius Richard who threw for 2,486 yards and 24 TDs. He was also the second leading rusher in the conference with 691 yards on the ground. He averaged a league-best 6.4 yards per carry and scored a conference-best 13 rushing TDs.  For Jackson State, Shedeur Sanders threw for 3,403 yards and 36 touchdowns.

This game is very important to Jackson State because of their loss in last year’s Celebration Bowl. “Last year really motivated us to get back to this point where we are because we do have unfinished business,” Harrell said to the media. Jackson State has rolled over everyone this season, winning by an average of 24.5 points per game. They also boast the top defense in the FCS.

This is the fourth all-time meeting between North Carolina Central and Jackson State with the Tigers winning all three of the previous games.

Celebration Bowl Prediction

This should be a win for Jackson State, but the line on this game seems high, especially considering the talent on offense that North Carolina Central boasts. The Tigers will likely get the win, but covering the spread is another story, so simply taking the game over the total might be the best bet.

Celebration Bowl Format

The Celebration Bowl was founded in 2015 and was contested between the champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Both leagues are the predominant athletic conferences for historically black colleges and universities. The Celebration Bowl serves as the de facto national championship of black college football. Among the unique aspects of the Celebration Bowl is that it is the only active bowl game to feature programs from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Once upon a time, the Pelican Bowl and Heritage Bowl served the role that the Celebration Bowl now fulfills.

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Celebration Bowl Game Results

2021 South Carolina State Jackson State 31-10
2020 Cancelled due to COVID
2019 North Carolina A&T Alcorn State 64-44
2018 North Carolina A&T Alcorn State 24-22
2017 North Carolina A&T Grambling State 21-14
2016 Grambling State North Carolina Central 10-9
2015 North Carolina A&T Alcorn State 41-34

North Carolina A&T dominated this game in much of its early history, winning four times. Their string of wins ended in 2020 because of the pandemic and then South Carolina State won the game in 2021.

Most All-Time Wins

4 North Carolina A&T 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
1 Grambling State 2016

The North Carolina A&T Aggies have dominated the Celebration Bowl with four wins and four appearances. North Carolina A&T won the Celebration Bowl in 2015 and then three consecutive seasons from 2017 through 2019. Alcorn State holds the distinction of making the Celebration Bowl three times but never winning it.

2022-23 College Football Bowl Games

Dec. 16 Bahamas Bowl 11:30 AM / ESPN Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB
Dec. 16 Cure Bowl 3:00 PM / ESPN Troy vs. UTSA
Dec. 17 Fenway Bowl 11:00 AM / ESPN Cincinnati vs. Louisville
Dec. 17 Celebration Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Jackson State vs. North Carolina Central
Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl 2:15 PM / ESPN BYU vs. SMU
Dec. 17 LA Bowl 3:30 PM / ABC Fresno State vs. Washington State
Dec. 17 Lendingtree Bowl 5:45 PM / ESPN Southern Miss vs. Rice
Dec. 17 Las Vegas Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Florida vs. Oregon State
Dec. 17 Frisco Bowl 9:15 PM / ESPN Boise State vs. North Texas
Dec. 19 Myrtle Beach Bowl 2:30 PM / ESPN UConn vs. Marshall
Dec. 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN San Jose State vs. Eastern Michigan
Dec. 20 Boca Raton Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Toledo vs. Liberty
Dec. 21 New Orleans Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN South Alabama vs. Western Kentucky
Dec. 22 Armed Forces Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Air Force vs. Baylor
Dec. 23 Independence Bowl 3:00 PM / ESPN Houston vs. Louisiana
Dec. 23 Gasparilla Bowl 6:30 PM / ESPN Missouri vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN Middle Tennessee vs. San Diego State
Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl 2:30 PM / ESPN New Mexico State vs. Bowling Green
Dec. 27 Camellia Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Georgia Southern vs. Buffalo
Dec. 27 First Responder Bowl 3:15 PM / ESPN Utah State vs. Memphis
Dec. 27 Birmingham Bowl 6:45 PM / ESPN East Carolina vs. Coastal Carolina
Dec. 27 Guaranteed Rate Bowl 10:15 PM / ESPN Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma State
Dec. 28 Military Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Duke vs. UCF
Dec. 28 Liberty Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Arkansas vs. Kansas
Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl 8:00 PM / FOX Oregon vs. North Carolina
Dec. 28 Texas Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss
Dec. 29 Pinstripe Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Syracuse vs. Minnesota
Dec. 29 Cheez-It Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Florida State vs. Oklahoma
Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Washington vs. Texas
Dec. 30 Duke's Mayo Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Maryland vs. NC State
Dec. 30 Sun Bowl 2:00 PM / CBS Pitt vs. UCLA
Dec. 30 Gator Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN Notre Dame vs. South Carolina
Dec. 30 Arizona Bowl 4:30 PM (Barstool) Ohio vs. Wyoming
Dec. 30 Orange Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN Clemson vs. Tennessee
Dec. 31 Music City Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Kentucky vs. Iowa
Dec. 31 Sugar Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Alabama vs. Kansas State
Dec. 31 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl 4:00 PM / ESPN No. 1 Georgia vs. No 4. Ohio State
Dec. 31 VRBO Fiesta Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU
Jan. 2 ReliaQuest Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN2 Illinois vs. Mississippi State
Jan. 2 Cotton Bowl 1:00 PM / ESPN USC vs. Tulane
Jan. 2 Citrus Bowl 1:00 PM / ABC LSU vs. Purdue
Jan. 2 Rose Bowl 5:00 PM / ESPN Penn State vs. Utah
Jan. 9 CFP National Championship Game TBD / ESPN CFP Semifinals Winners

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