The 68 Ventures Bowl is set for a Dec. 23 kick at 7:00 p.m. ET during the 2023-24 College Football Bowl Season. The game – which has undergone multiple sponsor changes from GoDaddy to Dollar General and LendingTree – is held in Mobile, Alabama at Hancock Whitney Stadium; it’s one of 13 bowl games held in a stadium that primarily hosts an FBS team. This year, the South Alabama Jaguars (6-6) play as a home team against Eastern Michigan (6-6). Below, we’ll look at 68 Ventures Bowl odds and bowl history.
68 Ventures Bowl odds
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South Alabama Vs. Eastern Michigan
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South Alabama Team Notes
- Hancock-Whitney Stadium is South Alabama’s home venue.
- Star QB Caullin Lacy entered the transfer portal and will not play in this game. Lacy had over 1,300 receiving yards in 2023.
Eastern Michigan Team Notes
- Starting QB Austin Smith entered the transfer portal.
68 Ventures Bowl betting
Southern Miss (-6.5) beat Rice in last year’s bowl game, then named the LendingTree Bowl. Frank Gore Jr. ran for a bowl-record 329 yards and two touchdowns in the 38-24 victory. The 62 combined points went over the game’s 45.5-point total. In 2021, Liberty covered as an 8.5-point favorite and nearly covered the 58.5-point total on their own.
In 2020, Georgia State covered a three-point spread, beating Western Kentucky 39-21. But before then, underdogs had covered in five straight games and in eight of the last ten – including five outright upsets. The run was needed, as underdogs failed to cover in nine straight years from 2001-09. Overall, favorites are 13-10-1 in the 68 Ventures Bowl.
Overs are 13-11 in the history of the bowl game, including 3-0 in each of the last three outings.
Below are historical results of the 68 Ventures Bowl.
The first 68 Ventures Bowl was played in 1999 – at the time called the Mobile Alabama Bowl – where TCU beat East Carolina 28-14.
|December 17, 2022||LendingTree Bowl||Southern Miss||38||Rice||24|
|December 18, 2021||LendingTree Bowl||Liberty||56||Eastern Michigan||20|
|December 26, 2020||LendingTree Bowl||Georgia State||39||Western Kentucky||21|
|January 6, 2020||LendingTree Bowl||Louisiana||27||Miami (Ohio)||17|
|December 22, 2018||Dollar General Bowl||Troy||42||Buffalo||32|
|December 23, 2017||Dollar General Bowl||Appalachian State||34||Toledo||0|
|December 23, 2016||Dollar General Bowl||Troy||28||Ohio||23|
|December 23, 2015||GoDaddy Bowl||Georgia Southern||58||Bowling Green||27|
|January 4, 2015||GoDaddy Bowl||Toledo||63||Arkansas State||44|
|January 5, 2014||GoDaddy Bowl||Arkansas State||23||Ball State||20|
|January 6, 2013||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Arkansas State||17||Kent State||13|
|January 8, 2012||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Northern Illinois||38||Arkansas State||20|
|January 6, 2011||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Miami (Ohio)||35||Middle Tennessee||21|
|January 6, 2010||GMAC Bowl||Central Michigan||44||Troy||41 (2OT)|
|January 6, 2009||GMAC Bowl||Tulsa||45||Ball State||13|
|January 6, 2008||GMAC Bowl||Tulsa||63||Bowling Green||7|
|January 7, 2007||GMAC Bowl||Southern Miss||28||Ohio||7|
|December 21, 2005||GMAC Bowl||Toledo||45||UTEP||13|
|December 22, 2004||GMAC Bowl||Bowling Green||52||Memphis||35|
|December 18, 2003||GMAC Bowl||Miami (Ohio)||49||Louisville||28|
|December 18, 2002||GMAC Bowl||Marshall||38||Louisville||15|
|December 19, 2001||GMAC Bowl||Marshall||64||East Carolina||61 (2OT)|
|December 20, 2000||Mobile Alabama Bowl||Southern Miss||28||TCU||21|
|December 22, 1999||Mobile Alabama Bowl||TCU||28||East Carolina||14|
When is the 2023 68 Ventures Bowl?
The 2023 68 Ventures Bowl will be played on Dec. 23 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Where is the 68 Ventures Bowl?
The 68 Ventures Bowl is played at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The bowl moved there when the stadium opened in 2020 and was previously played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium also in Mobile.
Who is playing in the 2023 68 Ventures Bowl?
South Alabama plays in their home stadium against Eastern Michigan in the 68 Ventures Bowl.