College Football Friday Night Betting
Friday nights aren’t just reserved for high school football anymore. The day has become a big one for college football teams and fans with several contests played the day before the rest of the college football betting week gets underway. As the season progresses there will be some Top 25 teams in action and there will be some interesting games to keep an eye on. The 2023 Friday night college football shows that major colleges are looking for any form and path to generate revenue, and schools with lower profiles are looking for additional exposure. Naturally, lesser-known teams from the Group of Five conferences, such as the American Athletic, Sun Belt, Conference USA, Mid-American, and Mountain West, are eager to take the field on Friday nights when the bigger brands are off. This strategy allows them the full attention of fans, gamblers, and, most important of all, prospective recruits. Teams that would normally be ignored on a full Saturday find that the entire nation is focused on their Friday night matchups.
Friday night college football has been so successful that the Big Boys are increasing their dates. The Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, and Pac-12 have had regular Friday night games on their schedules. In 2023 there are more name brands teams on the schedule thanks to the success of those efforts. Fans and gamblers will like the 2023 Friday night college football schedule. It is the best one in history.
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2023 Friday Night College Football Schedule (All Times Eastern)
Friday, September 29, 2023
Louisville Cardinals (-3, O/U 54.5) at NC State Wolfpack, 7 pm, ESPN
The NC State Wolfpack host the Louisville Cardinals on Friday night in what should be a very good ACC matchup. The Cardinals are 4-0 SU and 2-2 ATS and 2-0 in the ACC, while NC State is 3-1 SU and 0-4 ATS and 1-0 in the conference. Louisville is averaging 43 points per game which is 9th in the country and they are averaging 542 yards per contest. They are giving up 19 points and 360.5 yards per contest. Jawhar Jordan leads the team in rushing with 478 yards, Jack Plummer has thrown for 1,120 yards and Jamari Thrash has 400 receiving yards.
NC State is averaging 29.3 points per game and putting up 381.3 yards per contest. They are giving up 21.8 points per game and 326.3 yards per contest. Brennan Armstrong leads the team in rushing with 225 yards and he has thrown for 859 yards. Kevin Concepcion leads the team with 238 receiving yards.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at UTEP Miners (-1, O/U 53.5), 9 pm, CBSSN
Utah Utes at Oregon State Beavers (-2.5, O/U 45.5) 9 pm, FS1
It is a battle between two of the top teams in the Pac-12, as Utah visits Oregon State. The Utes are 4-0 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, while the Beavers are 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS. Utah is averaging 22.3 points per game and putting up 325.5 yards per contest and they have done it without starting quarterback Cam Rising. They are giving up just 9.5 points per game which is 6th in the country. Ja’Quinden Jackson leads the team with 239 rushing yards, Nate Johnson has thrown for 398 yards, while Money Parks has 151 receiving yards.
Cincinnati Bearcats at BYU Cougars (-2.5, O/U 49.5) 10:15 pm, ESPN
Week 1 Friday night action was highlighted by a high scoring game in Atlanta, Georgia, as Louisville rallied for a 39-34 win over Georgia Tech. Louisville outscored the Yellow Jackets 26-6 in the second half. Jake Plummer threw for three TDs and Jawhar Jordan ran for 96 yards. Other games in Week 1 Friday night action on September 1 had Eastern Michigan beating Howard 33-23, Miami-Florida routing Miami-Ohio 38-3, Michigan State rolling over Central Michigan 31-7, Kansas routing Missouri State 48-17 and Stanford outscoring Hawaii 37-24.
Week 2 Friday night football had Indiana State rolling over Indiana State 41-7, while Kansas won at home against Illinois by a score of 34-23. The Jayhawks bolted out to a 28-7 halftime lead and the game was really never in doubt. Jalon Daniels threw for 277 and two TDs in the win.
Week 3 Friday night football had three games but only one was competitive. Maryland routed Virginia 42-14, as Taulia Tagovailoa, the brother of the Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa, threw for 342 yards and one TD in the win. Emmanuel Michel scored three TDs as Air Force routed Utah State 39-21. The only close game was Army winning 37-29, as Hayden Reed and Bryson Daily both had over 100 yards on the ground.
Week 4 Friday night college football had four games, two of which were close. It was NC State beating Virginia 24-21, as Brayden Narveson kicked a 33-yard field goal at the buzzer. Boise State pulled out a 34-31 win at San Diego State but failed to cover the 6-point number. Wisconsin went into Purdue and routed the Boilermakers, winning 38-17 and it was Air Force rolling over San Jose State 45-20, easily covering the 6.5-point betting odds.
Friday, October 6, 2023
Kansas State Wildcats at Oklahoma State Cowboys, 7:30 PM, ESPN
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Illinois Fighting Illini, 8:00 PM, FS1
Friday, October 13, 2023
Tulane Green Wave at Memphis Tigers, 7:00 PM, ESPN
Fresno State Bulldogs at Utah State Aggies, 8:00 PM, CBSSN
Stanford Cardinal at Colorado Buffaloes, 10:00 PM, ESPN
Friday, October 20, 2023
SMU Mustangs at Temple Owls, 7:00 PM, ESPN2
Friday, October 27, 2023
Florida Atlantic Owls at Charlotte 49ers, 7:30 PM, ESPN2
Friday, November 3, 2023
Boston College Eagles at Syracuse Orange, 7:30 PM, ESPN2
Colorado State Rams at Wyoming Cowboys, 8:00 PM, CBSSN
Friday, November 10, 2023
North Texas Mean Green at SMU Mustangs, 9:00 PM, ESPN2
Wyoming Cowboys at UNLV Rebels, 10:45 PM, FS1
Friday, November 17, 2023
USF Bulls at UTSA Roadrunners, 9:00 PM, ESPN2
Colorado Buffaloes at Washington State Cougars, 10:30 PM, FS1
Friday, November 24, 2023
Iowa Hawkeyes at Nebraska Cornhuskers, 12:00 PM, CBS
Miami-FL Hurricanes at Boston College Eagles, 12:00 PM, ABC
TCU Horned Frogs at Oklahoma Sooners, 12:00 PM, FOX
Ohio Bobcats at Akron Zips, 12:00 PM, ESPNU or CBSSN
Toledo Rockets at Central Michigan Chippewas, 12:00 PM, ESPNU or CBSSN
Utah State Aggies at New Mexico Lobos, 3:30 PM, CBSSN
Missouri Tigers at Arkansas Razorbacks, 4:00 PM, CBS
Air Force Falcons at Boise State Broncos, 4:00 PM, FS1
Texas Tech Red Raiders at Texas Longhorns, 7:30 PM, ABC
Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan State Spartans, 7:30 PM, NBC
Oregon State Beavers at Oregon Ducks, 8:30 PM, FOX
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