2023 68 Ventures Bowl Lines - S. Alabama vs. E. Michigan Odds

68 Ventures Bowl Lines - South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan Odds

NCAA Football 68 Ventures Bowl Betting

The 68 Ventures Bowl will be played at South Alabama's home venue, Hancock Whitney Stadium. It will take place on Saturday, December 23. The Jaguars will face 6-6 Eastern Michigan out of the Mid-American Conference. After playing in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl a season ago, the accepted invitation to this year's 68 Ventures Bowl marks the fourth bowl game appearance in South Alabama history. It is also the first time in program history the Jags will make bowl game appearances in consecutive seasons. South previously played in both the 2014 Camellia Bowl and 2016 Arizona Bowl. The Jags are still seeking the first bowl championship in school history. The Eagles entered their final two games of the 2023 season with a 4-6 record, needing to win both remaining games to clinch bowl eligibility. EMU did just that, earning a double-overtime win against Akron and a 24-11 victory at Buffalo in the season finale.

2023 68 Ventures Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, December 23, 2023

Time (ET) / TV: 7:00 PM / ESPN

Venue: Hancock Whitney Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

Matchup: South Alabama Jaguars vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles

College Football Betting Lines

South Alabama Jaguars -16

Eastern Michigan Eagles +16

Total: 46

Money Line: South Alabama -700, Eastern Michigan +506

68 Ventures Bowl Preview

Last game, the South Alabama Jaguars lost 52-44 against the Texas State Bobcats as 6-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 58. South Alabama has a record of 6-6 straight up, 4-8 against the spread, and 6-6 over/under the total. South Alabama ranks 38th for total offense, 36th for passing, 62nd for rushing and 46th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 28th overall, 40th against the pass, 28th against the rush, and 36th for points allowed. Also, South Alabama ranks 104th for fewest turnovers lost and 45th for takeaways.

Last game, the Eastern Michigan Eagles won 24-11 against the Buffalo Bulls as 5-point road dogs. The game went under the total of 38. Eastern Michigan has a record of 6-6 straight up, 6-5-1 against the spread, and 6-6 over/under the total. Eastern Michigan ranks 131st for total offense, 124th for passing, 111th for rushing and 114th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 71st overall, 34th against the pass, 112th against the rush, and 53rd for points allowed. Also, Eastern Michigan ranks 31st for fewest turnovers lost and 117th for takeaways.

68 Ventures Bowl Prediction

In this situation, South Alabama has a literal home field advantage and superior metrics.

68 Ventures Bowl Format

Founded in 1999, the former LendingTree Bowl is held at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. This will be the second time the 68 Ventures Bowl is held at this venue. Previously, Ladd Peebles Stadium was home to the LendingTree Bowl. Hancock Whitney Stadium is home to the South Alabama Jaguars.

Concurrently, the 68 Ventures Bowl has tie-ins with the Sun Belt and the MAC. The payout for this bowl game is $1.5 million.

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68 Ventures Bowl Past Results

2022 Southern Miss Rice 38-24
2021 Liberty Eastern Michigan 56-20
2020 Georgia State Western Kentucky 39-21
2019 Louisiana Miami (OH) 27-17
2018 Troy Buffalo 42-32
2017 Appalachian State Toledo 34-0
2016 Troy Ohio 28-23
2015 Georgia Southern Bowling Green 58-27
2015 Toledo Arkansas State 63-44
2014 Arkansas State Ball State 23-20
2013 Arkansas State Kent State 17-13
2012 Northern Illinois Arkansas State 38-20
2011 Miami (OH) Middle Tennessee 35-21
2010 Central Michigan Troy 44-41 (2OT)
2009 Tulsa Ball State 45-13
2008 Tulsa Bowling Green 63-7
2007 Southern Miss Ohio 28-7
2005 Toledo UTEP 45-13
2004 Bowling Green Memphis 52-35
2003 Miami (OH) Louisville 49-28
2002 Marshall Louisville 38-15
2001 Marshall East Carolina 64-61 (2OT)
2000 Southern Miss TCU 28-21

LendingTree Bowl action has entertained fans with high-scoring offensive shootouts in recent years. Six of the last eight LendingTree Bowl matchups saw the winning team score 34 or more points. Seven different schools have won the previous eight Lending Tree Bowls.

In 2022, Southern Miss became the winningest team in 68 Ventures Bowl history. The Eagles beat the Rice Owls 38-24. MVP RB Frank Gore Jr ran for 329 yards and two TDs.

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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