2023 Quick Lane Bowl Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview

The Quick Lane Bowl wrapped up on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 and bettors saw Minnesota hold off Bowling Green, 30-24 as 2.5-point favorites.

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

Quick Lane Bowl Betting Odds


  • Opening point spread: Minnesota -5.5
  • Opening moneyline: Minnesota -220/Bowling Green +180
  • Opening total: Over/Under 36.5 points scored
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 26 (ESPN)

UPDATE 1 P.M. ET TUESDAY, DEC. 26: Sixty minutes pre-kick, the Golden Gophers are down to 3-point favorites at BetMGM in the Quick Lane Bowl. Minnesota opened -5-5 back on Dec. 4 and dropped to -4 in a hurry, then stuck there until dipping to -3.5 Sunday.

The Gophers dipped to -3 this morning. Part of what's at play with the line dropping is that Minnesota QB Athan Kaliakmanis is in the transfer portal. This game, like many, is impacted by transfer-portal/opt-out news.

Spread tickets are almost dead even, while 56% of spread money is on Bowling Green. On the moneyline, the underdog Falcons are taking 70% of tickets/83% of cash.

Minnesota (5-7 SU/3-9 ATS) somehow got into a bowl game despite a losing record, apparently for lack of teams with a winning record. The Gophers lost their last four games SU and ATS. Conversely, Bowling Green (7-5 SU/8-4 ATS) went 5-1 SU and ATS in its last six.

The total climbed from 36.5 to 38.5 within a couple days early this month. On Dec. 19, it went to 39.5, and this morning, it's been on a huge surge, all the way to 43.5.

The Over is getting 66% of tickets/68% of money.

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Quick Lane Bowl Pick, Prediction

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

PJ Fleck has led Minnesota to four bowl games since taking over as head coach, winning every instance, including this very bowl in 2018 over Georgia Tech.

This is a revenge game for the Gophers after losing to Bowling Green as a 30-point favorite back in 2021.

This version of the Falcons may not be as successful in stopping Minnesota's run game. Bowling Green finished outside the top 100 in numerous rush defense categories, including 132nd in Stuff Rate.

Despite quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis hitting the transfer portal, Minnesota will be fine under center with fourth-year quarterback Cole Kramer. Running back Jordan Nubin and Darius Taylor are enough to avenge the 2021 game.

Pick: Minnesota -4

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Quick Lane Bowl Betting Resources

  • Date: Tuesday, December 26, 2023
  • TV-Time: ESPN, 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Ford Field
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan

Quick Lane Bowl History

The Quick Lane Bowl bowl began in 2014, taking the place of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

The Little Caesars Bowl began as the Motor City Bowl in 1997 at the Pontiac Silverdome and eventually moved to Ford Field in downtown Detroit in 2002 and pitted schools from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) against a team either from the Big Ten or the Sun Belt Conference. 

The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl eventually went away as the Quick Lane Bowl took its place in 2014 with teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten squaring off. 

Underdogs have done well in Detroit over the years, posting a 10-3 ATS record the last 13 seasons. Eastern Michigan grabbed the cover in 2019 as hefty 13-point 'dogs in a 34-30 defeat to Pittsburgh as MAC schools have lost in nine of the past 10 opportunities.

The 2020 installment of the Quick Lane Bowl was wiped out due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, but the game returned on Dec. 27, 2021 with Western Michigan of the MAC facing Nevada of the Mountain West Conference.

The Broncos posted a bowl-record 52 points with 514 total yards of offense, and the Wolf Pack had no answers.

Bowling Green qualified for the Quick Lane Bowl in both 2022 and 2023, but the Falcons were on the losing side each time. New Mexico State defeated Bowling Green, 24-19 in 2022, while Minnesota grabbed the win over the MAC squad, 30-24 in 2023.

Quick Lane Bowl Betting History

YearMatchupSpread, TotalsATS Result
2023Minnesota 30 Bowling Green 24Minnesota -2.5, 44.5Favorite, Over
2022New Mexico State 24 Bowling Green 19Bowling Green -3, 50.5Underdog, Under
2021Western Michigan 52 Nevada 24Michigan -6.5, 57Favorite, Under
2019Pittsburgh 34 Eastern Michigan 30Pittsburgh -13, 51Underdog, Over
2018Minnesota 34 Georgia Tech 10Georgia Tech -6, 57Underdog, Under
2017Duke 36 Northern Illinois 14Duke -5.5, 48Favorite, Over
2016Boston College 36 Maryland 30Maryland -1, 44Underdog, Over
2015Minnesota 21 Central Michigan 14Minnesota -6, 49Favorite, Under
2014Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21North Carolina -3.5, 72Underdog, Under
2013Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27Bowling Green -6.5, 49.5Underdog, Over
2012Central Michigan 24 Western Kentucky 21Western Kentucky -6.5, 55.5Underdog, Under
2011Purdue 37 Western Michigan 32Purdue -1.5, 62.5Favorite, Over
2010FIU 34 Toledo 32FIU -2.5, 59Underdog, Over
2009Marshall 21 Ohio 17Ohio -3, 49Underdog, Under
2008FAU 24 Central Michigan 21Central Michigan -7, 68.5Underdog, Under
2007Purdue 51 Central Michigan 48Purdue -8, 71Underdog, Over
2006Central Michigan 31 Middle Tennessee 14Central Michigan -9, 51Favorite, Under
2005Memphis 38 Akron 31Memphis -4, 51.5Favorite, Over
2004Connecticut 39 Toledo 10Toledo -3, 68Underdog, Under
2003Bowling Green 28 Northwestern 24Bowling Green -7.5, 55Underdog, Under
2002Boston College 51 Toledo 10Boston College -4, 58.5Favorite, Over
2001Toledo 23 Cincinnati 16Toledo -5, 60Favorite, Under
2000Marshall 25 Cincinnati 14Cincinnati -3.5, 52Underdog, Under
1999Marshall 21 BYU 3Marshall -2, 55.5Favorite, Under
1998Marshall 48 Louisville 29Louisville -3.5, 69.5Underdog, Over
1997Mississippi 34 Marshall 31Mississippi -1, 53.5Favorite, Over

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