2023 Frisco Bowl Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview

The Frisco Bowl concluded on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 and bettors watched UTSA capture a 35-17 over Marshall as a -7.5-favorite.

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

Frisco Bowl Betting Odds


  • Opening point spread: UTSA -8.5
  • Opening moneyline: UTSA -385/Marshall +300
  • Opening total: Over/Under 56.5 points scored
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 19 (ESPN)

UPDATE 6:30 P.M. ET TUESDAY, DEC. 19: Between transfer portal news (see below update), opt-outs and now injuries, the Frisco Bowl line has been on a wild ride. UTSA has never not been favored, but the number has varied greatly.

On Dec. 4, the Roadrunners opened -8.5. By Wednesday, they'd shot up to -13, then receded to -12 Friday. This afternoon/evening seen huge downward movement, with UTSA quarterback Frank Harris now apparently unlikely to play.

Texas-San Antonio was -12.5 at lunchtime, but by mid-afternoon was down to -10. The decline continued into the evening, touching several numbers on the way to Roadrunners -7.5 (-105).

All that noted, 73% of spread tickets/82% of spread dollars are on UTSA. But there's a mile of middle ground there for bettors who got Marshall at a big number and UTSA at a lower number. On the moneyline, 64% of tickets are on Marshall, while 59% of cash is on UTSA.

"It's pretty lopsided on UTSA, regardless of the number. We'll still need Marshall to cover 7.5-12.5. Marshall outright would be huge," BetMGM trader Seamus Magee said.

The total obviously has plunged on all the aforementioned news. After opening at 57.5, it dropped to 52.5 last week. Today, it plummeted to 45 by early evening. It's now 46.5, with 56% of tickets on the Over/65% of money on the Under. But again, there's a chasm of numbers this total has been at over the past two weeks.

UPDATE MIDNIGHT ET FRIDAY, DEC. 15: BetMGM has made big moves on this matchup. Texas-San Antonio opened -8.5 and climbed all the way -13 by Wednesday, then backed up to -12 earlier today. Part of that movement is due to Marshall QB Cam Fancher and wideout Caleb Coombs entering the transfer portal.

It's all UTSA on the spread, with ticket count almost 6/1 and money beyond 9/1.

The total opened at 57.5 on Dec. 4, tumbled to 54.5 a day later, then went to 53.5 Monday and 52.5 Wednesday. Ticket count is 3/1-plus and money 6/1 on the Under.

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Frisco Bowl Pick, Prediction

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

UTSA is still looking for its first bowl victory in program history. The Roadrunners may be in luck with their Frisco Bowl opponent, Marshall.

The Thundering Herd have lost starting quarterback Cam Fancher and guard Trent Holler to the transfer portal. Cole Pennington will continue under center for Marshall, and he has yet to throw a touchdown or a big-time throw in 85 dropbacks.

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The Roadrunners have the explosive advantage, ranking fifth nationally in Rush EPA, compared to the Thundering Herd's defensive rank of 129th.

The rushing attack of running backs Robert Henry and Kevorian Barnes complements the game of quarterback Frank Harris, which should help UTSA roll to its first-ever bowl victory.

Pick: UTSA -12.5

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.

Frisco Bowl Betting Resources

  • Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2023
  • Kickoff: 9:00 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN
  • Venue: Toyota Stadium
  • Location: Frisco, Texas

Frisco Bowl History

The Frisco Bowl began in 2017 and the inaugural edition featured schools from Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference (AAC). The game takes place at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The current tie-in now pits C-USA teams and a Mountain West representative.

Louisiana Tech crushed SMU in the opening Frisco Bowl, 51-10 to easily cover as four-point underdogs. The second installment of this bowl had less excitement than the first as Ohio blanked San Diego State 27-0.

The 2019 installment was a stunner as Kent State outlasted Utah State 51-41 as a seven-point underdog while the 'over' (71.5) was smashed easily. This victory for the Golden Flashes was the first bowl win in school history. The previous bowl appearances for Kent State saw the school suffer losses in the 1952 Refrigerator Bowl, the 1972 Tangerine Bowl and the 2012 team falling in the 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl. 

The COVID-19 global pandemic wiped out the 2020 version of this game, but the game returned on Dec. 21, 2021 pitting a pair of Top 25 teams. UTSA of Conference USA and San Diego State of the Mountain West met.

San Diego State took advantage of the fact UTSA's leading rusher, Sincere McCormick, opted out to prepare for the NFL Draft. The Aztecs racked up a 38-24 win, as the Mountain West won for the first time in three Frisco Bowls. The Aztecs also avenged a 2018 loss in Frisco, a game in which they were blanked.

UTSA defeated Marshall 35-17 in the 2023 installment and that result helped the 'over' connect for the fourth straight Frisco Bowl.

Frisco Bowl Betting Results

YearMatchupLine, TotalATS Result
2023UTSA 35 Marshall 17UTSA -7.5, 46.5Favorite-Over
2022Boise State 35 North Texas 32Boise State -12, 64Underdog, Over
2021San Diego State 38 UTSA 24San Diego State -3, 48.5Favorite, Over
2019Kent State 51 Utah State 41Utah State -7, 71.5Underdog, Over
2018Ohio 27 San Diego State 0 Ohio -2, 48Favorite, Under
2017Louisiana Tech 51 SMU 10SMU -4, 70.5Underdog, Under

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