2023 Cure Bowl Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview

The 2023 Cure Bowl concluded on Saturday December 16, 2023 and bettors watched Appalachian State defeat Miami-Ohio 13-9. The RedHawks did cover as 6.5-point underdogs and the combined 22 points easily stayed 'under' the number in the rain-soaked matchup from Orlando, Florida.

Recap all the 2023 Cure Bowl Betting Odds, Picks, Predictions and History below and be sure to check back for the 2024 installment.

Cure Bowl Betting Odds


  • Opening point spread: Appalachian State -4.5
  • Opening moneyline: Appalachian State -178/Miami (Ohio) +150
  • Opening total: Over/Under 48.5 points scored
  • Time: 3:30 ET Saturday, Dec. 16 (ABC)

UPDATE 2:15 P.M. ET SATURDAY: With 75 minutes until kickoff, Appalachian State is a 6-point favorite in DraftKings' college football bowl odds market. The Mountaineers opened -4.5 and briefly backed up to -3.5 Dec. 4, then got to -5.5 Dec. 5.

App State got to -6 Tuesday and -6.5 Wednesday, then returned to -6 this afternoon. Underdog Miami (Ohio) is seeing 53% of spread tickets and money.

The total opened at 48.5 and, in a recurring theme this bowl season, plunged due in part to transfer portal news (see below). The number was down to 46.5 by Sunday, 43 Thursday and bottomed out today at 40.5. It's now 41, with 60% of tickets on the Over/65% of money on the Under.

UPDATE 2:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: Appalachian State hit BetMGM's board at -4.5 (-115) to open and initially backed up to -3.5 on Dec. 4. But the Mountaineers quickly returned to -4.5, then -5.5 that same day. Since then, App State (8-5 SU/6-6-1 ATS) hit -6.5 a couple times and is currently -6.5 (-115).

Spread ticket count is 5/1 and spread money beyond 9/1 on the Mountaineers. It's worth noting that Miami (Ohio), at 11-2 SU/10-3 ATS, is one of the best spread-covering teams in the nation.

The total has steadily plunged from a 48.5 opener down to the current 41.5. That's due in part to Miami (Ohio) QB Aveon Smith entering the transfer portal. App State running back Nate Noel also entered the portal.

Ticket count is 5/1 and money well beyond 9/1 on the Under. By ticket count at BetMGM, Miami (Ohio)-App State is the third-most-bet Under.

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Cure Bowl Pick, Prediction

Action Network college football betting expert Collin Wilson offers this prediction:

Miami (OH) limped into the MAC Championship on defense and special teams and has now lost backup quarterback Aveon Smith to the transfer portal.

The RedHawks will turn to Henry Hesson and his five career passing attempts that came against Robert Morris in 2022.

The biggest issue for Appalachian State this season was defending the run, an area Miami (OH) can't expose without Smith.

The RedHawks defense has been excellent at stopping explosives, but App State quarterback Joey Aguilar will do enough to notch give the Sun Belt a victory over the MAC.

Pick: App State -6.5

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Cure Bowl Betting Resources

  • Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023
  • Venue: FBC Mortgage Stadium
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Time-TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Cure Bowl History

Cure Bowl

The Cure Bowl began in 2015 and the matchup currently features schools from the Sun Belt and American Athletic Conference (AAC). The game takes place at the Citrus Bowl from Orlando, Florida.

The inaugural Cure Bowl was played Dec. 19, 2015, and San Jose State claimed victory while also covering as a slight favorite in a low-scoring game over Georgia State, a team making their first bowl game appearance since moving up to the FBS level. In their second-ever bowl game, Georgia State made up for their loss in 2015 with a victory over Western Kentucky despite entering as five-point underdogs.

The Sun Belt had lost the past three Cure Bowls, including Georgia Southern falling to Liberty in the 2019 edition as the Flames won their inaugural bowl contest, 23-16, and a Top 10 Coastal Carolina team slipping up against Liberty in a classic in 2020, losing 37-34 in overtime. The Chanticleers rebounded in the 2021 installment with a 47-41 shootout against Northern Illinois, picking up its first-ever bowl victory on Dec. 17, 2021.

Including the 2023 installment that saw Miami-Ohio cover in its loss to Appalachian State, bettors have seen the underdog cash in five straight and seven of the nine Cure Bowl matchups.

Cure Bowl Betting Results

YearMatchupLine, TotalATS Result
2023App State 13 Miami-Ohio 9App State -6.5, 40.5Underdog-Under
2022Troy 18 UTSA 12UTSA -3, 56.5Underdog-Under
2021Coastal Carolina 47 Northern Illinois 41Coastal Carolina -12, 63.5Underdog-Over
2020Liberty 37 Coastal Carolina 34 (OT)Coastal Carolina -6.5, 60Underdog-Over
2019Liberty 23 Georgia Southern 16Georgia Southern -5, 58.5Underdog-Under
2018Tulane 41 Louisiana-Lafayette 24Tulane -3, 60.5Favorite-Over
2017Georgia State 27 Western Kentucky 17Western Kentucky -5, 54.5Underdog-Under
2016Arkansas State 31 Central Florida 13UCF -3.5, 51.5Underdog-Under
2015San Jose State 27 Georgia State 16San Jose -1, 55.5Favorite-Over

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