Betting on the 2022 Fiesta Bowl

For the third time, the Fiesta Bowl will host a College Football Playoff semifinal. On Dec. 31, 2022, the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines face the No. 3 Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. And betting on the 2022 Fiesta Bowl will be available during the game since it will be played once again at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, which is home to BetMGM Sportsbook.

This year’s game is titled the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl. Every three years, the game is part of the College Football Playoff. This year, the winner of the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl will face either No. 1 Georgia or No. 4 Ohio State.

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. MST (4:00 p.m. EST)
  • TV: ESPN
    • Announcers: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge
    • Reporters: Molly McGrath, Tiffany Blackmon
  • Radio: ESPN Radio
    • Announcers: Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian Fitzsimmons

As in the two previous instances when the Fiesta Bowl and Arizona hosted a College Football Playoff semifinal, a Big 10 team is in action, with the conference champion Wolverines putting its undefeated record on the line. Michigan is listed as favorites.

Betting on the 2022 Fiesta Bowl: Best Odds in Arizona

Barring significant injuries or heavy betting on one side of the line, the odds for the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl will likely stay near Michigan by a touchdown.

Sports fans can wager at any of the sportsbooks online or at retail locations throughout the state, taking advantage of welcome offers and promotional bonuses when they register with a new sports betting operator. (These offers are only valid online)

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In order to qualify for an Arizona sportsbook bonus, you need to sign up for a new account on their website or mobile app. Only new users are eligible for these sportsbook bonuses unless noted. Be advised that you can have accounts with multiple sportsbooks at the same time, and in fact, that’s a great way to leverage the best promotional offers and find which sportsbook you like best.

Betting on the 2022 Fiesta Bowl: Types of Bets Available on the Fiesta Bowl

Point Spreads and Moneylines

The most common type of bet for a bowl game is the point spread. The spread is the expected margin of victory for the game in question. The spread is a single or double-digit number preceded by either a + or a – sign. If a team has a – sign, they are the favorite, and if the team has a spread attached to them, that’s a + sign, which means they are the underdog.

To win your bet Against The Spread (ATS), the team you bet on must have a higher score after the bowl game point spread is applied. For example, a team listed at -7.5 must win the game by more than 7.5 points. The underdog can lose the game by as much as 7 points or win it outright to win against the spread.

A moneyline bet is attractive if you wish to bet on the underdog because these odds will pay off more if that team wins. Moneyline bets are based on $100 wagers. For example, a +200 indicates the underdog will pay out $200 on a $100 wager if it wins the game. Conversely, you are required to wager a larger amount to win a comparable amount of money when you bet on the favorite. For example, -150 means you’ll have to wager $150 to win $100 on the favorite.

Totals and Prop Bets

Football fans love to bet on the total points of a game, adding another way to enjoy a meeting between two teams. The Total (Over/Under) invites a wager on what the combined final score of the bowl game will be. If you believe the actual points total (of both teams) will be higher, bet on the over. But if you think the Total will be less, you take the under. Odds for the Over/Under are typically -115 or -110, to cover the vig.

While Prop Bets on individual players are popular with football bettors, Arizona law does not allow those types of bets on college games. You can wager on team prop bets and also build parlay bets based on those wagers though.

Restricted Bets on the Fiesta Bowl and College Football Games in Arizona

Sports betting in Arizona allows for wagering on professional sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MMA, horse racing, auto racing, tennis, golf, and more. Bettors can also place wagers on college athletics, including college football, such as the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl.

Arizona law does not permit college bowl prop bets involving individual player performance. But you can bet live on games in Arizona, which means you can place a bet on the Fiesta Bowl while it’s being played on such things as team props, the spread, and moneyline.

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Betting on the 2022 Fiesta Bowl FAQs

Where is the Fiesta Bowl?

The venue for this college football playoff semifinal is at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

When is the Fiesta Bowl?

The game between Michigan and TCU has kickoff set for 2:00 p.m. MST, or 4:00 p.m. EST, on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. It precedes the second college football playoff semifinal between Ohio State and Georgia.

Is it legal to bet on the Fiesta Bowl and College Football Playoff in Arizona?

Yes, you can place bets on the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl and College Football Playoff and the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. You can wager either online or at a retail sportsbook.

Arizona is home to 17 sportsbooks. State Farm Stadium, which hosts the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, has BetMGM Sportsbook on the premise. This is just one of many sportsbooks located across the state where bettors can wager on the Fiesta Bowl and other major sporting events.

Who calculates the lines for the Fiesta Bowl and College Football Playoff?

Each sportsbook issues its own odds for the Fiesta Bowl, but the odds for the spread and the moneyline are typically fairly similar. It all depends on betting activity.

The best way to find the best odds for the Fiesta Bowl is to take a look at each sportsbook and see where they have the lines set for the game.

Can I place live, in-game bets on the Fiesta Bowl between Michigan and TCU?

Yes, Arizona sportsbooks allow live, in-game betting on the Fiesta Bowl. Most online sportsbooks, including FanDuel and BetMGM, have the option to wager on the game during the game. Retail sportsbooks also have the option to bet on the Fiesta Bowl while the game is live. This is usually the case for every sporting event.

Can I bet on the Fiesta Bowl with DraftKings in Arizona?

Yes, DraftKings Arizona lists odds for the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl. DraftKings Arizona currently offers new bettors a $50 bonus bet with a $5 deposit + 20% match bonus up to $1,000 when they register with the app online.

DraftKings Arizona is one of the top sportsbooks in the state and is currently building a retail location at TPC Scottsdale.

Where can I get Fiesta Bowl tickets?

Learn more about how to get 2022 Fiesta Bowl tickets at the organization’s official website.

About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.