2023 Gator Bowl: Odds, Props & Betting Preview


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2023 Gator Bowl: Odds, Props & Betting Preview

The 2023 Gator Bowl will kick off on Friday at noon Eastern, with the Kentucky Wildcats taking on the Clemson Tigers in Jacksonville, Florida. At top online sportsbooks, the Tigers are at on the point spread, while the Wildcats are on the moneyline. 

Thus far, 11 Tigers have indicated they will be absent from this game, including linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr., safety Andrew Mukuba, and cornerback Nate Wiggins. For the Wildcats, twins Keaten and Destin Wade have transferred to Colorado. Quarterback Devin Leary is headed to the NFL along with running back Ray Davis and cornerback Andru Phillips. However, all three will play. 

Kentucky finished the year with a record of 7-5, while Clemson was 8-4. 

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Gator Bowl props: Kentucky vs. Clemson

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The Tigers have had a long history of success but managed just eight wins this season. QB Cade Klubnik will take the field here but will be without wide receiver Beaux Collins. Clemson ended the year with a four-game winning streak. 

Despite heading to the NFL, Leary will play here. This season, he had 2,444 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. 

Clemson has allowed 16 points per game over its last three, while Kentucky has allowed 32.3 in that same span. Leary will take on a Clemson pass defense that allowed 171.4 yards per game this season. 

Gator Bowl history

The first Gator Bowl occurred on Jan. 1, 1946, with Wake Forest defeating South Carolina. Over the years, there have been many incidents surrounding the game, including a hotel fire and Woody Hayes going ballistic. 

Below are the five most recent Gator Bowl outcomes: 

DateMatchup
Dec. 30, 2022Notre Dame (45) vs. South Carolina (38)
Dec. 31, 2021Wake Forest (38) vs. Rutgers (10)
Jan. 2, 2021Kentucky (23) vs. NC State (21)
Jan. 2, 2020Tennessee (23) vs. Indiana (22)
Dec. 31, 2018Texas A&M (52) vs. NC State (13)