2023 ReliaQuest Bowl Odds - Mississippi State vs. Illinois Betting

ReliaQuest Bowl Odds - Mississippi State vs. Illinois

2022 ReliaQuest Bowl NCAA Football Betting

The Illinois Fighting Illini began the season 7-1 but dropped three games in a row in November to end at 8-4. This is the Illini’s first winning regular season since 2007 and first bowl game appearance since 2019 when they lost to Cal in the Redbox Bowl. This will mark the 20th postseason berth in program history. Meanwhile, the Mississippi State Bulldogs will play in their 26th bowl game in program history and made it all three seasons in the Mike Leach era. The Bulldogs threw the ball at a higher percentage of their offensive snaps than any other team this season, but Mississippi State ranks outside the top 100 in yards per rush and yards per pass.

2023 ReliaQuest Bowl at a Glance

Date: Monday, January 2, 2023

Time (ET) / TV: 12:00 PM / ESPN2

Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Matchup: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Illinois Fighting Illini

College Football Betting Lines

Mississippi State Bulldogs +2.5

Illinois Fighting Illini -2.5

Total: 46.5

ReliaQuest Bowl Preview

Last game, the Illinois Fighting Illini won 41-3 against the Northwestern Wildcats as 14.5-point road favorites. The game went over the total of 38.5. Illinois has a record of 8-4 straight up, 8-4 against the spread, and 4-7-1 over/under the total. Illinois ranks 71st for total offense, 98th for passing, 48th for rushing and 84th for scoring. Defensively they rank 2nd overall, 5th against the pass, 9th against the rush, and 1st for points allowed. Also, Illinois ranks 103rd for fewest turnovers lost and 1st for takeaways.

Illinois is 8-4-0 against the spread this season. In games this season, when an underdog by 1 point or more, Illinois has gone 3-0 against the spread. Illinois games have gone over the total five times this year. The Fighting Illini have won two of the four games they’ve played as underdogs this season. The Fighting Illini are 2-1 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +100 or more on the moneyline.

Last game, the Mississippi State Bulldogs won 24-22 against the Ole Miss Rebels as 2.5-point road dogs. The game went under the total of 63. Mississippi State has a record of 8-4 straight up, 6-5-1 against the spread, and 6-5-1 over/under the total. Mississippi State ranks 64th for total offense, 11th for passing, 130th for rushing and 36th for scoring. Defensively they rank 39th overall, 36th against the pass, 58th against the rush, and 51st for points allowed. Also, Mississippi State ranks 111th for fewest turnovers lost and 19th for takeaways.

Mississippi State has covered the spread in a matchup six times this season. Mississippi State is 5-3-1 ATS when playing as at least 1-point favorites. Mississippi State games have finished with a final combined score above the over/under seven times this season. The Bulldogs have compiled a 6-2 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite. The Bulldogs have a record of 3-2 in games they have played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -123 or shorter.

ReliaQuest Bowl Prediction

In this situation, Illinois has the superior defense, which should carry them to a payout.

ReliaQuest Bowl Format

The ReliaQuest Bowl was originally founded as the Hall of Fame Bowl in 1986. The Outback Bowl took over as title sponsor in 1996 and has been in that role until this year when ReliaQuest took over. Currently, the bowl has conference tie-ins with the Big Ten and SEC, with a payout of $6.4 million.

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ReliaQuest Bowl Past Results

2022 Arkansas Penn State 24-10
2021 Mississippi Indiana 26-20
2020 Minnesota Auburn 31-24
2018 Iowa Mississippi State 27-22
2017 South Carolina Michigan 26-19
2016 Florida Iowa 30-3
2015 Tennessee Northwestern 45-6
2014 Wisconsin Auburn 34-31 (OT)
2013 LSU Iowa 21-14
2012 South Carolina Michigan 33-28
2011 Michigan State Georgia 33-30 (OT)
2010 Florida Penn State 37-24
2009 Auburn Northwestern 38-35 (OT)
2008 Iowa South Carolina 31-10
2007 Tennessee Wisconsin 21-17
2006 Penn State Tennessee 20-10
2005 Florida Iowa 31-24
2004 Georgia Wisconsin 24-21
2003 Iowa Florida 37-17
2002 Michigan Florida 38-30
2001 South Carolina Ohio State 31-28
2000 South Carolina Ohio State 24-7

The 2021 Outback Bowl was not one of the best matchups in the game, as it had an Ole Miss team with a losing record facing Indiana. The Hoosiers entered the game as an 8-point favorite, but Mississippi proved they belonged in a bowl game and dominated Indiana throughout. Lane Kiffin’s offense proved too much for Indiana, and the Rebels got a 26-20 win. Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral was named the MVP. He was 30-of-44 for 342 yards and two touchdowns.

Most All-Time Wins

4 South Carolina 2000, 2001, 2012, 2017
3 Florida 2005, 2010, 2016
3 Georgia 1997, 1999, 2004
3 Iowa 2003, 2008, 2018
3 Michigan 1987, 1993, 2002
3 Penn State 1995, 1998, 2006
3 Tennessee 1992, 2007, 2015

The South Carolina Gamecocks have the most Outback Bowl wins with four. Their most unforgettable win was in 2013 when they defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28 in the final seconds. Most notable in that game was Jadeveon Clowney’s devastating hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith, which caused a fumble as Smith’s helmet flew 5 yards backward. It’s one of the most famous tackles in college football history.

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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