2023 Military Bowl Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview

The Military Bowl wrapped up on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 and bettors saw Virginia Tech roll past Tulane, 41-20 as 12.5-point favorites.

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

Military Bowl Betting Odds


  • Opening point spread: Virginia Tech -5.5
  • Opening moneyline: VaTech -225/Tulane +185
  • Opening total: Over/Under 48 points scored
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dec. 27 (ESPN)

UPDATE NOON ET WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27: Tulane (11-2 SU/5-8 ATS) had a big season, but also has a big list of players out for today's Military Bowl. That includes QB Michael Pratt, among a host of starters. Further, coach Willie Fritz left to take the same job at Houston.

Virginia Tech (6-6 SU/7-5 ATS) opened as 5.5-point chalk at BetMGM on Dec. 4 and later that day was already up to -7.5. The Hokies advanced to -10 on Dec. 17, then to -10.5 Sunday VaTech is now -10.5 (-115).

All that movement noted, Tulane is actually taking 54% of spread tickets/55% of spread money. On the moneyline, the Green Wave are getting 72% of tickets/52% of money.

BetMGM opened the total at 48.5 and quickly dipped to 46.5. The number went to 45.5 on Dec. 18, 44.5 Thursday and 44 Tuesday. Today brought moves to 43.5, then 43.5 (Over -115). Ticket count is 2/1 on the Over, but money is running almost dead even.

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Military Bowl Pick, Prediction

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

Slade Nagle will take the interim head coach job for Tulane, serving as a bridge from the Willie Fritz era to the Jon Sumrall era, before leaving to join Fritz at Houston himself.

The transfer portal entries are starting to trickle in for the Green Wave, from wide receiver Chris Brazzell to defensive linemen Devean Deal and Keith Cooper Jr. The biggest piece of the puzzle is quarterback Michael Pratt, as backup Kai Horton is also in the portal.

A number of assistant coaches are also expected to depart after the game, so Virginia Tech has the upper hand from a motivation perspective.

The Hokies won four of their last six to return to bowl season, with the last postseason victory coming in the memorable 2016 Belk Bowl over Arkansas.

Defense and special teams have powered the Hokies all season under head coach Brent Pry.

Tulane finished 85th in Offensive Finishing Drives, as the red zone is the only inefficient area of the Hokies defense that will not be exposed — especially if Pratt elects to enter the transfer portal.

Pick: Virginia Tech -7.5

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.

Tulane and Virginia Tech meet in the Military Bowl. (Getty)

Military Bowl Betting Resources

  • Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2023
  • TV-Time: ESPN, 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Memorial Stadium
  • Location: Annapolis, Maryland

Military Bowl History

Military Bowl Logo

The Military Bowl began in 2008, and the matchup currently features schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the American Athletic Conference (AAC). The game takes place at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium from Annapolis, Maryland. This game was previously called the EagleBank Bowl and Northrop Grumman Bowl. 

North Carolina blasted Temple 55-13 in the 2019 installment, and the 'over' easily connected for bettors. Including this outcome, favorites have gone 9-3 straight up and 8-4 against the spread in this matchup.

The victory by the Tar Heels over the Owls helped the ACC improve to 3-4 in its first seven appearances in the Military Bowl.

The 2020 installment of the game was canceled due to a lack of available teams during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

In 2021, the game was expected to return on Dec. 27, 2021, with East Carolina of the AAC facing Boston College of the ACC. However, that game was canceled due to B.C. not having enough players to participate due to COVID-19 issues.

The Military Bowl returned in 2022 as Duke romped UCF, 30-13, while the ACC grabbed another victory in 2023 when Virginia Tech crushed Tulane, 41-20.

Military Bowl Betting Results

YearMatchupSpread, TotalsATS Result
2023Virginia Tech 41 Tulane 20Virginia Tech -12.5, 43.5Favorite, Over
2022Duke 30 UCF 13Duke -3, 63Favorite, Under
2019North Carolina 55 Temple 13North Carolina -6, 56.5Favorite, Over
2018Cincinnati 35 vs. Virginia Tech 31Cincinnati -4.5, 48,5Underdog, Over
2017Navy 49 vs. Virginia 7Navy -3, 49,5Favorite, Over
2016Wake Forest 34 Temple 26Temple -10.5, 41.5Underdog, Over
2015Navy 44 Pittsburgh 28Navy -3, 52.5Favorite, Over
2014Virginia Tech 33 Cincinnati 17Cincinnati -2, 50.5Underdog, Under
2013Marshall 31 Maryland 20Marshall -3, 65Favorite, Under
2012San Jose State 29 Bowling Green 20San Jose State -7.5, 46Favorite, Over
2011Toledo 42 Air Force 41Toledo -3, 69Underdog, Over
2010Maryland 51 East Carolina 20Maryland -7.5, 70Favorite, Over
2009UCLA 30 Temple 21UCLA -4, 44Favorite, Over
2008Wake Forest 29 Navy 19Wake Forest -3, 44Favorite, Over

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