2023 Boca Raton Bowl Betting Lines - Syracuse vs. USF Odds

Boca Raton Bowl Lines - Syracuse vs. USF Odds

2022 Boca Raton Bowl NCAA Football Betting

First-year head coach Alex Golesh and the Bulls will continue one of the top turnarounds in college football when South Florida makes the program's 11th bowl appearance, and first since 2018, when USF takes on Syracuse in the Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl. USF football's five-win improvement over 2022 ranks as the greatest turnaround in program history and is tied with Liberty for the second-best in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2023, behind only Northwestern's six-win improvement.

2023 Boca Raton Bowl at a Glance

Date: Thursday, December 21, 2023

Time (ET) / TV: 8:00 PM / ESPN

Venue: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida

Matchup: Syracuse Orange vs. USF Bulls

College Football Betting Lines

Syracuse Orange -3

USF Bulls +3

Total: 61

Money Line: Syracuse -157, USF +137

Boca Raton Bowl Preview

Last game, the USF Bulls won 48-14 against the Charlotte 49ers as 6-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 57. USF has a record of 6-6 straight up, 6-6 against the spread, and 7-5 over/under the total. USF ranks 15th for total offense, 31st for passing, 28th for rushing and 48th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 131st overall, 133rd against the pass, 71st against the rush, and 124th for points allowed. Also, USF ranks 109th for fewest turnovers lost and 30th for takeaways.

USF is 6-4 all-time in bowl games, with notable victories over Clemson, South Carolina, and Texas Tech. This will mark the Bulls' fourth bowl game appearance in the state of Florida, having previously played in the St. Petersburg Bowl (2008), Miami Beach Bowl (2015), and Gasparilla Bowl (2018).

Last game, the Syracuse Orange won 35-31 against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as 2.5-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 43.5. Syracuse has a record of 6-6 straight up, 5-6-1 against the spread, and 5-7 over/under the total.

Syracuse ranks 87th for total offense, 116th for passing, 31st for rushing and 81st for scoring. Defensively, they rank 65th overall, 74th against the pass, 57th against the rush, and 51st for points allowed. Also, Syracuse ranks 78th for fewest turnovers lost and 89th for takeaways.

Boca Raton Bowl Prediction

USF and Syracuse, former BIG EAST Conference members, have met ten times, with the Bulls holding an 8-2 series lead, including most recent victories in Tampa in 2015 (45-24) and at Syracuse in 2016 (45-20). This will be the first meeting in a bowl game and marks the Bulls' 11th different bowl opponent. In this situation, Syracuse has the better defense and comes from the better Conference.

Boca Raton Bowl Format

Founded in 2015, the Boca Raton Bowl is played at Florida Atlantic University Stadium, home of the FAU Owls. The Conference tie-ins include CUSA, The American, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt. The payout is $900,000.

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Boca Raton Bowl Past Results

2022 Toledo Liberty 21-19
2021 Western Kentucky Appalachian State 59-38
2020 BYU UCF 49-23
2019 Florida Atlantic SMU 52-28
2018 UAB Northern Illinois 37-13
2017 Florida Atlantic Akron 50-3
2016 Western Kentucky Memphis 51-31
2015 Toledo Temple 32-17
2014 Marshall Northern Illinois 52-23

The Boca Raton Bowl is where BYU quarterback Zach Wilson became the second-ranked quarterback for the NFL Draft. In the 2020 Boca Raton Bowl, Wilson was 26-34 passing, good for 425 yards and three touchdowns. Subsequently, Wilson was the second player taken in the 2021 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, following Trevor Lawrence of Clemson. This bowl game is known for a lot of offense and exciting shootouts.

In 2022, Toledo beat Liberty 21-19, holding after taking a 21-7 lead. Liberty failed on a 2-point conversion with 3:40 to play, falling just short of forcing overtime. Jacquez Stuart ran for 111 yards to lead Toledo. Dequan Finn threw for 133 yards and a TD to pace the Rockets. Finn was the game’s MVP.

2023-24 College Football Bowl Games

Saturday, December 16
Myrtle Beach Bowl 11:00 AM / ESPN Georgia Southern vs. Ohio
Celebration Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Florida A&M vs. Howard
New Orleans Bowl 2:15 PM / ESPN Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana
Cure Bowl 3:30 PM / ABC Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State
New Mexico Bowl 5:45 PM / ESPN Fresno State vs. New Mexico State
LA Bowl 7:30 PM / ABC UCLA vs. Boise State
Independence Bowl 9:15 PM / ESPN Texas Tech vs. California
Monday, December 18
Bahamas Bowl (Temporarily Famous Toastery Bowl) 2:30 PM / ESPN Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion
Tuesday, December 19
Frisco Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Marshall vs. UTSA
Thursday, December 21
Boca Raton Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN USF vs. Syracuse
Friday, December 22
Gasparilla Bowl 6:30 PM / ESPN Georgia Tech vs. UCF
Saturday, December 23
Birmingham Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Troy vs. Duke
Camellia Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois
Armed Forces Bowl 3:30 PM / ABC Air Force vs. James Madison
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN Georgia State vs. Utah State
68 Ventures Bowl 7:00 PM / ESPN Eastern Michigan vs. South Alabama
Las Vegas Bowl 7:30 PM / ABC Northwestern vs. Utah
Hawai'i Bowl 10:30 PM / ESPN San Jose State vs. Coastal Carolina
Tuesday, December 26
Quick Lane Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Bowling Green vs. Minnesota
First Responder Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Texas State vs. Rice
Guaranteed Rate Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Kansas vs. UNLV
Wednesday, December 27
Military Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Tulane vs. Virginia Tech
Duke's Mayo Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN North Carolina vs. West Virginia
Holiday Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN (15) Louisville vs. Southern Cal
Texas Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN (20) Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Thursday, December 28
Fenway Bowl 11:00 AM / ESPN (24) SMU vs. Boston College
Pinstripe Bowl 2:15 PM / ESPN Rutgers vs. Miami
Pop-Tarts Bowl 5:45 PM / ESPN (18) NC State vs. (25) Kansas State
Alamo Bowl 9:15 PM / ESPN (12) Oklahoma vs. (14) Arizona
Friday, December 29
Gator Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN (22) Clemson vs. Kentucky
Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl 2:00 PM / CBS (16) Notre Dame vs. (19) Oregon State
Liberty Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN Memphis vs. Iowa State
Cotton Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN (7) Ohio State vs. (9) Missouri
Saturday, December 30
Peach Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN (10) Penn State vs. (11) Mississippi
Music City Bowl 2:00 PM / ABC Auburn vs. Maryland
Orange Bowl 4:00 PM / ESPN (5) Florida State vs. (6) Georgia 
Arizona Bowl 4:30 PM (Barstool) Wyoming vs. Toledo
Monday, Jan. 1, 2024
ReliaQuest Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN2 (13) LSU vs. Wisconsin
Citrus Bowl 1:00 PM / ABC (17) Iowa vs. (21) Tennessee
Fiesta Bowl 1:00 PM / ESPN (8) Oregon vs. (23) Liberty
Rose Bowl (CFP Semifinal) 5:00 PM / ESPN (1) Michigan vs. (4) Alabama
Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal) 8:45 PM / ESPN (2) Washington vs. (3) Texas
Monday, Jan. 8, 2024
CFP National Championship Game 7:30 PM / ESPN Semifinals Winners

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