2023 Birmingham Bowl Betting Lines - Duke vs. Troy Odds

Birmingham Bowl Lines - Duke vs. Troy Odds

2022 Birmingham Bowl NCAA Football Betting

Previously known as the Papa John’s Bowl, the Birmingham Bowl has been the title sponsor since 2015. The Duke Blue Devils will face the Sun Belt Conference champion Troy Trojans. Duke will be without head coach Mike Elko, who took the HC position at Texas A&M. Instead, interim head coach Trooper Taylor will be in charge. Offensively, the Blue Devils are led by running backs Jaquez Moore and Jordan Waters and wide receivers Jalon Calhoun and Jordan Moore, who have combined for 3,131 yards of total offense and 30 touchdowns.

2023 Birmingham Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, December 23, 2023

Time (ET) / TV: 12:00 PM / ABC

Venue: Protective Stadium, Birmingham, Alabama

Matchup: Duke Blue Devils vs. Troy Trojans

College Football Betting Lines

Duke Blue Devils +7

Troy Trojans -7

Total: 43.5

Money Line: Duke +218, Troy -265

Birmingham Bowl Preview

Last game, the Duke Blue Devils won 30-19 against the Pitt Panthers as 6-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 42. Duke has a record of 7-5 straight up, 6-6 against the spread, and 7-4-1 over/under the total. Duke ranks 96th for total offense, 112th for passing, 55th for rushing and 64th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 45th overall, 39th against the pass, 56th against the rush, and 22nd for points allowed. Also, Duke ranks 65th for fewest turnovers lost and 94th for takeaways.

Last game, the Troy Trojans won 49-23 against the Appalachian State Mountaineers as 5.5-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 53.5. Troy has a record of 11-2 straight up, 8-5 against the spread, and 6-7 over/under the total. Troy ranks 36th for total offense, 32nd for passing, 64th for rushing and 44th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 15th overall, 30th against the pass, 16th against the rush, and 10th for points allowed. Also, Troy ranks 129th for fewest turnovers lost and 79th for takeaways.

Birmingham Bowl Prediction

In this situation, Troy brings a strong defense and championship credentials. Duke’s coaching situation is not a positive for this game.

Birmingham Bowl Format

The Birmingham Bowl debuted in 2006, and the matchup has conference tie-ins with the AAC, SEC, CUJSA, and MAC. This game was previously called the PapaJohns.com Bowl and the BBVA Compass Bowl before dropping its sponsors in 2015. the Birmingham Bowl was played at Old Legion Field from its inception through 2020. Now, the Birmingham Bowl is held at Protective Stadium, home to the UAB Blazers football program. Protective Stadium opened in October of 2021 to rave reviews. The payout for this bowl game is $1.3 million.

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Birmingham Bowl Past Results

2022 East Carolina Coastal Carolina 53-29
2021 Houston Auburn 17-13
2020 Cancelled due to COVID
2019 Cincinnati Boston College 38-6
2018 Wake Forest Memphis 37-34
2017 South Florida Texas Tech 38-34
2016 South Florida South Carolina 46-39 (OT)
2015 Auburn Memphis 31-10
2014 Florida East Carolina 28-20
2013 Vanderbilt Houston 41-24
2012 Ole Miss Pittsburgh 38-17
2011 SMU Pittsburgh 28-6
2010 Pittsburgh Kentucky 27-10
2009 Connecticut South Carolina 20-7
2008 Rutgers North Carolina State 29-23
2007 Cincinnati Southern Miss 31-21
2006 South Florida East Carolina 24-7

Favorites have won three of the last four matchups in the Birmingham Bowl. The 2019 edition watched Cincinnati dominate Boston College in wire-to-wire fashion for a 38-6 victory, which was the second Birmingham bowl victory for the Bearcats.

The 2020 installment of the Birmingham Bowl was wiped out by, what else, COVID-19. The game returned on Dec. 28, 2021. The Houston Cougars of the AAC faced the Auburn Tigers of the SEC and a mostly Tigers crowd. Houston erased a three-point deficit with a late touchdown to win it 17-13. Favorites are now 7-2 ATS across the past nine versions of this game. The 'under' is also 5-1-1 across the past seven installments.

USF is the only multiple-game winner, and the Bulls matched Pitt for most appearances with their third in 2017. Pitt’s three trips have resulted in just one victory, that coming with a 27-10 win over Kentucky in the 2010 season. The Birmingham Bowl hasn’t been good for teams from the Carolinas. South Carolina and East Carolina have made it to the Birmingham Bowl twice, but both teams lost their two appearances.

The AAC has been represented in all 12 games, including teams from the former Big East Conference, which reorganized into the American for the 2013 season. The AAC/Big East is 7-6, with the SEC also owning a winning record at 4-3 on the strength of four straight wins from 2012 to 2015.

In 2022, East Carolina beat Coastal Carolina 53-29 behind MVP Holton Ahlers’ 300 yards and 5 TDs passing.

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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