2022 New Orleans Bowl - W. Kentucky vs. S. Alabama Odds

New Orleans Bowl Odds - Western Kentucky vs. South Alabama

2022 New Orleans Bowl NCAA Football Betting

South Alabama finished off the best season in program history on a five-game winning streak heading into its bowl game. South Alabama has a balanced passing attack as wide receivers Jalen Wayne, Caullin Lacy, and Devin Voisin all finished with more than 700 receiving yards. The Jaguars' biggest strength came on the defensive side of the ball, where they ranked 20th in yards per play against FBS opponents. Western Kentucky will take its second-ranked passing offense against FBS opponents into their 10th bowl appearance in school history. Senior quarterback Austin Reed threw for 410 yards and three touchdowns in the Hilltoppers’ regular season finale.

2022 New Orleans Bowl at a Glance

Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Time (ET) / TV: 9:00 PM / ESPN

Venue: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans Louisiana

Matchup: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. South Alabama Jaguars

College Football Betting Lines

South Alabama Jaguars -7.5

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers +7.5

Total: 55

New Orleans Bowl Preview

Last game, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers won 32-31 against the Florida Atlantic Owls as 7.5-point road favorites. The game went over the total of 63. WKU has a record of 8-5 straight up, 8-5 against the spread, and 4-8-1 over/under the total. WKU ranks 10th for total offense, 2nd for passing, 73rd for rushing and 18th for scoring. Defensively they rank 70th overall, 67th against the pass, 75th against the rush, and 43rd for points allowed. Also, WKU ranks 90th for fewest turnovers lost and 4th for takeaways.

Last game, the South Alabama Jaguars won 27-20 against the South Alabama Jaguars as 17-point home favorites. The game was a push to the total of 47. South Alabama has a record of 10-2 straight up, 7-4-1 against the spread, and 7-4-1 over/under the total. South Alabama ranks 40th for total offense, 41st for passing, 57th for rushing and 42nd for scoring. Defensively they rank 11th overall, 52nd against the pass, 5th against the rush, and 14th for points allowed. Also, South Alabama ranks 15th for fewest turnovers lost and 30th for takeaways.

New Orleans Bowl Prediction

In this situation, Western Kentucky provides better value as the underdog.

New Orleans Bowl Format

Founded in 2001, the New Orleans Bowl is a perfect event for Group of Five programs wanting a post-season reward. And with conference tie-ins to the Sun Belt and CUSA, most fan bases are nearby and eager to come to New Orleans for a great time and a bowl game with their favorite team. The New Orleans Bowl is played at the Caesars Superdome, home of the NFL New Orleans Saints. The payout is $825,000.

Following a limited pandemic attendance in 2020, the New Orleans Bowl got a larger crowd for 2021. Especially due to the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns being good for a well-traveling fan base. In like manner to other bowl games, the New Orleans Bowl is known for exciting games with a lot of offense.

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New Orleans Bowl Past Results

2021 Louisiana Marshall 36-21
2020 Georgia Southern Louisiana Tech 38-3
2019 Appalachian State UAB 31-17
2018 Appalachian State Middle Tennessee 45-13
2017 Troy North Texas 50-30
2016 Southern Mississippi Louisiana-Lafayette 28-21
2015 Louisiana Tech Arkansas State 47-28
2014 Louisiana-Lafayette Nevada 16-3
2013 Louisiana-Lafayette Tulane 24-21
2012 Louisiana-Lafayette East Carolina 43-34
2011 Louisiana-Lafayette San Diego State 32-30
2010 Troy Ohio 48-21
2009 Middle Tennessee State Southern Mississippi 42-32
2008 Southern Mississippi Troy 30-27 (OT)
2007 Florida Atlantic Memphis 44-27
2006 Troy Rice 41-17
2005 Southern Mississippi Arkansas State 31-19
2004 Southern Mississippi North Texas 31-10
2003 Memphis North Texas 27-17
2002 North Texas Cincinnati 24-19
2001 Colorado State North Texas 45-20

In 2021, the Sun Belt was back on top with a 36-21 win by Louisiana and head coach Michael Desormeaux over Marshall of C-USA.

Most All-Time Wins

5 Louisiana-Lafayette 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2021
4 Southern Miss Eagles 2004, 2005, 2008, 2016
3 Troy 2006, 2010, 2017

The Sun Belt has won this bowl in seven of the past nine years, which included four straight victories by Louisiana–Lafayette from 2011-14. However, in 2015 it was Louisiana Tech snapping that streak with a 47-28 win over Arkansas State.

Troy captured the 2017 installment over North Texas in a high-scoring shootout, giving the Trojans a school record 11 victories. The Trojans improved to 3-1 all-time in the New Orleans Bowl.

Appalachian State took care of business in the 2018 and 2019 bowls to extend the Sun Belt's winning streak to three straight victories. However, the Mountaineers failed to cash in as hefty 17-point favorites in a 31-17 comeback triumph against UAB in 2019.

Georgia Southern was favored by a touchdown in 2020 and easily posted a victory over Louisiana Tech of Conference USA, as the Sun Belt Conference picked up a fourth consecutive victory in this bowl game. Favorites also improved to 5-1 ATS across the past six installments.

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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