Previewing the top five sports betting events from 12/28 through 1/3

Previewing the top five sports betting events from 12/28 through 1/3


We finally made it! The tough slog of a year that was 2020 is over. And our reward for making it to the finish line is a phenomenal week of sports, with football taking center stage. College football is leading the way with four bowl games between teams in the top-10, including the two College Football Playoff semifinal games. Meanwhile, the NFL is entering the final week of its regular season, and there are still many playoff races coming right down to the wire. What better way to end the year than with the most thrilling week of football yet?

Here are the top five sports betting events of the week:


5. NFL: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears


Date: Sunday, January 3

Time: 1 p.m. est.

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Spread via Wager Champs: Packers -5.5

This is an old-school rivalry game with extremely high stakes for both sides. The Bears are playing for their season. If they pull the upset, they are in the playoffs. It doesn’t get simpler than that. Even being in this position seemed improbable for the Bears after losing to the Lions three weeks ago, which marked their sixth consecutive loss. But they’ve bounced back nicely, riding a three-game winning streak into this colossal NFC North matchup.

The Packers won’t exactly be resting their starters. They are playing for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. After smacking the Titans on Sunday night, all they need to do is beat the Bears and they will play every playoff game in the friendly, terrifying confines of Lambeau Field. And thanks to the new playoff format, it will also come with the only first-round bye.


4. CFB Peach Bowl: Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs


Date: Friday, January 1st

Time: 12 p.m. est.

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Spread via Wager Champs: Georgia -7

America loves underdog stories. We adore the little guy. From March Madness to the Mighty Ducks, this is a country obsessed with rooting for the scrappy upstart taking on the giant. That’s why every single year, it seems like the entire sports world bands together to cheer for the undefeated minor conference team against the SEC or Big 12 powerhouse loaded with blue-chip recruits. 

This year’s Peach Bowl will deliver all that on a silver platter. Cincinnati has had a remarkable season, going undefeated and beating several ranked teams in the process. Yet, the College Football Playoff Committee has shown again and again they aren’t interested in any school outside the Power Five conferences. So for the Bearcats, a game against #8 Georgia and their loaded roster is the only chance they’ll get to show the country how good they really are.


3. CFB Cotton Bowl: Florida Gators vs. Oklahoma Sooners


Date: Wednesday, December 30

Time: 8 p.m. est.

Location: Arlington, Texas

Spread via Wager Champs: Florida -3

The only thing Americans like better than underdog stories might be points. And this game will have points galore.

Florida is led by quarterback Kyle Trask, a Heisman finalist who has the most passing yards in college football this year. In addition to putting up gaudy numbers, he has helped Florida score at least 30 points in every game this season, which has them at 11th in the country in points per game. Oklahoma’s offense, which is averaging 42 points per game, is 9th. 

These were two of the best teams not to make the College Football Playoff and their explosive offenses can provide all sorts of fireworks.


2. CFB Playoff: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Date: Friday, January 1

Time: 4 p.m. est.

Location: Arlington, Texas

Spread via Wager Champs: Alabama -20

Can Notre Dame keep this game close? It’s not going to be easy. This might be the best offense Nick Saban’s ever had at Alabama. They have Najee Harris, one of the best running backs in college football, and Heisman finalist quarterback Mac Jones. And neither of them are even the best player on their own offense. That honor goes to the speedy wide receiver DeVonta Smith, who is currently the favorite to be the first wide receiver to win the Heisman since 1991. 

The Fighting Irish are coming off a blowout loss in the ACC Championship game. A lot of people don’t think they deserve to be here. Even those who do agree with the Playoff Committee are expecting a blowout. But Notre Dame has a strong defense and a veteran team. They are undoubtedly hungry to prove the country wrong.


1. CFB Playoff: Clemson Tigers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes


Date: Friday, January 1

Time: 8 p.m. est.

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Spread via Wager Champs: Clemson -7

This rematch of last year’s thrilling Fiesta Bowl is definitely the more anticipated of the two semifinal games. These teams have a ridiculous amount of talent at every position, coaches who have been in this spot before, and are helmed by elite quarterbacks who are almost certain to be picked in the top 5 of the 2021 NFL Draft. 

Clemson is favored by a touchdown, but it would be a mistake to count this Ohio State team out. You know Justin Fields is licking his chops for another crack at Trevor Lawrence. There’s no better way to ring in the hopefully much better new year than with a battle between these teams and these quarterbacks in a one-and-done situation.


A risk-free and competitive way to get in on the action


You can bet on all five of the games above in the Wager Champs risk-free sportsbook as part of the December and January public contests.

In the contest, every player starts off with a play bankroll of 500 Wager Bucks.  Players make bets in a sportsbook that has all the sports, games, odds, and bet types you’d see in a Vegas sportsbook. The person who finishes with the most Wager Bucks will receive a free custom sports jersey and a $60 cash prize. The next four finishers will receive $10 in cash. So get your picks in now!

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