The Best Bets of College Football’s 2023 Bowl Season – Opening Week

After one of the most unpredictable seasons of college football in recent history, fans will be looking forward to kicking back, relaxing, and enjoying one of the best times of the year, college football bowl season.

However, with 41 bowl games kicking off, starting this Friday there is a lot of football to keep track of.

Fans can stream their favorite football matchups this winter easily as the football streaming business continues to grow in popularity. For those football fans looking to take advantage of the matchups and even make the mid-December Bowls a bit more exciting, they may be interested in placing a few wagers on the plays below:

The Las Vegas Bowl, December 17th, 2:30 PM:  Oregon State -10

Oregon State vs Florida

Oregon State comes into this game red-hot after beating arch-rival Oregon, just a few weeks ago. Unlike their opponents the Florida Gators, they know their quarterback and that the future of their program is in the hands of a long-term and proven head coach in Jonathon Smith. The Beavers will land in Vegas looking to prove they can beat a talented SEC team and end their season off with a bang.

Meanwhile Florida’s star quarterback Anthony Richardson is out as he had chosen to enter the NFL Draft. Richardson was the most exciting part of a roller coaster season in Gainesville, that now might just end in free fall.

 LA Bowl, December 17th, 2:30 PM:  Over 54.5

Washington State vs Fresno State

Fresno State’s Jake Haener and Washington State Cam Ward are two excellent quarterbacks facing off against each other. Cam Ward has the arm and the legs to make people tune into this game as the scoreboard might light up. While on the other side, Haener’s experience and explosive playmakers around him will look to flex their Pac-12 prowess on a less physical Mountain West opponent.

An evenly matched game with two hot offenses sizzling with strong quarterback play. Take the over and enjoy the fireworks in this one.

Celebration Bowl, December 17th, 2:30 PM:  Jackson St. -16.5 & Over 46

Jackson State vs North Carolina Central University

You might be tempted to take NCCU with Deion Sanders on his way to Boulder. However, the Tigers are the better team looking to close a historic era.

Jackson State is much improved from last year and will look to close out Coach Prime’s chapter with a perfect 13-0 season.

However, the Tigers have gotten big leads early, gotten bored,  and slowly but surely let teams back in the game throughout the season. Expect to see that trend continue as the Tigers will score over 30 and might let the Eagles reach the endzone three times pushing the over.

Take the Tigers in this two for one special and watch Deion Sanders make history in his final game for Jackson State.

New Mexico Bowl, December 17th, 7:30 PM: BYU -1.5


In the prime time slot (not Deion Sanders), two teams with short names and different offensive styles will match up in Albuequere’s New Mexico Bowl.

BYU’s quarterback Jaren Hall has been on a tear this season throwing for 3,171 yards and 31 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for a touchdown in the Cougars last three games.

SMU’s quarterback Tanner Mordecai can also sling it putting up similar numbers as SMU averaged over38 points per game. However the Mustangs defense has let them down giving up over 34 points per game.

However, BYU’s defense is tough and disciplined. I trust them to get more stops than the Mustangs in a game that screams shoot out (O/U 71).

Alex is a former NCAA and semi-pro American football player who is now located in London, where he works in digital marketing. His goal in writing for AFI is to stay involved with the game that has given him so much. Alex enjoys covering leagues and