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2022 Lending Tree Bowl Odds and Best Bets

2022 Lending Tree Bowl Odds and Best Bets

Rice (5-7) vs. Southern Miss (6-6)

2022 LENDING TREE BOWL ODDS AND BEST BETS - When people complain about how there are too many bowl games on the schedule which create a sort of diluted product, this is probably the type of game they are talking about.

There are many things that would probably be more fun than watching a profoundly mediocre Rice squad which is limping into this game with a 5-7 record squaring off against a 6-6 Southern Miss team. 


When: Saturday 5:45 pm, December 17th, 2022

Where: Hancock Stadium, Normal, IL

Public Bets: Southern Miss, 87%

Public Money: Southern Miss, 99%

Odds courtesy of DraftKings as of December 16, 2022

The Odds












Southern Miss







Nate's Pick

The line movement hasn’t been as dramatic as some of the other games and has moved from -4.5 to -6.5 which is just normal market movement because Rice stinks. 

Bluntly, Rice is not good and really doesn’t have any business playing in the postseason. They come in on a three-game losing streak that has seen them lose by a combined 73 points during that stretch. Not awesome.

The Owls put a defense on the field that ranks outside the top-100 in basically every meaningful metric, so there’s not a way to spin things generously for that unit. They are a complete liability.

Offensively, they’ve been erratic and have struggled to find a quarterback who looks to be a regular starter.

This is going to be a problem against a USM defense that rates out pretty well. Defense is the strength of Southern Miss and they should be well-equipped to slow down the Owls.

Factoring in how bad Rice is on defense and this looks like a pretty clear play to me.

Nate’s Pick

Southern Miss -6.5

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