The Duluth Trading Cure Bowl kicks off Friday, Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m. from Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The game features the Conference-USA champion No. 25 UTSA Roadrunners (11-2) and the Sun Belt champion No. 24 Troy Trojans (11-2), and will be broadcast on ESPN. The Sun Belt has been a prominent feature in the bowl’s history. This page will look at Cure Bowl odds for this year’s game, bowl betting history, and a game preview.
Cure Bowl odds
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No. 24 Troy opened this game as a 1.5-point favorite, but that line flipped to No. 25 UTSA -1.5 soon after opening. With opt-out speculation running rampant, Troy again overtook the title as favorite, this time at . There’s still a chance this isn’t the last time we see this line flip.
Roadrunners star QB Frank Harris decided to not only play in this game, but to return to UTSA for another season. Notably, his offensive coordinator Will Stein was hired by Oregon on Dec. 5– Harris’ second straight OC to take a Power Five job (Barry Lunney Jr., Illinois). UTSA is also 0-3 in bowl games.
Since losing on a Hail Mary at Appalachian State (the week College GameDay was there) and starting 1-2, the Trojans ripped off 10 straight wins, including a Sun Belt championship over Grayson McCall and Coastal Carolina. Troy is 12th this season in points per drive allowed and their offense has won in a multitude of ways. Primarily, the Trojans lean on their one-two backfield punch of sophomore Kimani Vidal (209-1,059-9) and sixth-year goal line back DK Billingsley (134-656-8).
In the Conference-USA championship, UTSA recorded a 14% run stuff rate and on the season the Roadrunners allow just a 32.3% run success rate (13th nationally).
The over/under for this game is set at .
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Cure Bowl betting
Coastal Carolina returned to the Cure Bowl last season as -12 favorites against MAC-Champion Northern Illinois. The Chants won a close shootout 47-41, thanks to a 14-3 fourth-quarter edge. The combined 88 points went well over the college bowl game odds point total, which was set over 62.5 (-115).
Grayson McCall threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns for Coastal, including two to tight end Isaiah Likely. Running back Braydon Bennett took six carries for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns, as well. Northern Illinois had two rushers go over 100 yards: Jevyon Ducker (24-146-0) and Antario Brown (12-105-1).
Underdogs covered the last three Cure Bowls, with underdog Liberty winning both outright. Coastal Carolina was favored in each of the last two games and favorites covered the point spread just twice since 2015: San Jose State (2015) and Tulane (2018). The last two overs hit and four of seven Cure Bowls have gone over the point total.
Below are historical results of the Cure Bowl.
San Jose State won the first-ever Cure Bowl, which kicked off in 2015. They defeated Georgia State 27-16.
|December 16, 2022||No. 24 Troy||18||No. 25 UTSA||12|
|December 17, 2021||Coastal Carolina||47||Northern Illinois||41|
|December 26, 2020||No. 23 Liberty||37||No. 9 Coastal Carolina||34OT|
|December 21, 2019||Liberty||23||Georgia Southern||16|
|December 15, 2018||Tulane||41||Louisiana||24|
|December 16, 2017||Georgia State||27||Western Kentucky||17|
|December 17, 2016||Arkansas State||31||UCF||13|
|December 19, 2015||San Jose State||27||Georgia State||16|
When is the 2022 Cure Bowl?
The 2022 Cure Bowl will be played on Dec. 16, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Where is the Cure Bowl?
The Cure Bowl will be played at Exploria Stadium in Orlando– home of Orlando FC and the Orlando Pride– as of this year. The bowl was previously played at Camping World Stadium.
Who is playing in the 2022 Cure Bowl?
C-USA champion UTSA takes on Sun Belt champion Troy in the 2022 Cure Bowl.