2023 Fenway Bowl Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview

The 2023 Fenway Bowl concluded on Thursday December 28 and bettors watched the Boston College Eagles upset the SMU Mustangs in front of their local fans at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

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

Fenway Bowl Betting Odds

SMU @ BC Odds

  • Opening point spread: Southern Methodist -9.5
  • Opening moneyline: SMU -350/Boston College +275
  • Opening total: Over/Under 50.5 points scored
  • Time: 11 a.m. ET Thursday, Dec. 28 (ESPN)

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Fenway Bowl Pick, Prediction

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

The Mustangs were slighted by the College Football Playoff committee, ultimately selecting Liberty for the Fiesta Bowl and SMU for the Fenway Bowl. The good news is an early ACC game for SMU, which will switch conferences and face the Eagles next season.

There have been minimal losses to the transfer portal for SMU, maintaining a defense that ranks top-10 in numerous categories. Now, quarterback Kevin Jennings gets plenty of practice for a bowl game after taking over starting duties for the injured Preston Stone.

Jennings flashed a couple of big-time throws and mistakes, but an average depth of target at 10.2 yards on 33 passing attempts shows the arm strength needed in head coach Rhett Lashlee’s system.

That's bad news for a Boston College defense that ranks near dead last in numerous categories, from pass rush and coverage to Finishing Drives and Havoc.

This may be a "home" game for the Eagles, but don't tell that to a number of players who have hit the portal or will sit with injury.

Pick: SMU -11

For more college football picks, check out Action Network's College Football Bowl Confidence Pool Rankings: Collin Wilson’s Picks for All 2023 Bowl Games.

Fenway Bowl Betting Resources

  • Date: Thursday, December 28, 2023
  • TV-Time: ESPN, 11:00 a.m. ET
  • Venue: Fenway Park
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Fenway Bowl History

The Fenway Bowl will make its debut in 2022 after getting postponed in 2021 and 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. 2020's game was replaced by the temporary Montgomery Bowl in Alabama, while the 2021 game was outright cancelled due to exposure concerns on the part of the Virginia Cavaliers. This bowl will pit teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and American Athletic Conference (AAC).

The 2023 installment watched Boston College, a double-digit underdog, pull off a big 23-14 upset over SMU.

This one of four bowls that takes place at a baseball stadium, along with the Pinstripe Bowl (Yankee Stadium), Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Chase Field), and Holiday Bowl (Petco Park).

Fenway Bowl Betting Results

YearMatchupLine, TotalATS Result
2023Boston College 23 SMU 14SMU -13.5, 49.5 Underdog-Under
2022Louisville 24 Cincinnati 7 Louisville -2.5, 38.5Favorite-Under

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