2023 Sun Bowl Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview

The 2023 Sun Bowl concluded on Friday December 29, 2023 and bettors watched Notre Dame blast Oregon State, 40-8 in El Paso, Texas.

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

Sun Bowl Betting Odds


  • Opening point spread: Notre Dame -10.5
  • Opening moneyline: Notre Dame -455/Oregon State +345
  • Opening total: Over/Under 46.5 points scored
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET Friday, Dec. 29 (CBS)

UPDATE MIDNIGHT MONDAY, DEC. 11: Expect this to be a recurring theme for teams throughout bowl season: Earlier today, Notre Dame QB Sam Hartman opted out of the Sun Bowl. With DJ Uiagalelei already in the transfer portal from Oregon State, neither team will have its top quarterback for this game.

Reaction was swift this afternoon at DraftKings, with the Fighting Irish dropping from -8.5 directly to -6.5. Notre Dame's college football bowl odds were already receding well before Hartman's decision. The Irish opened -10.5 on Dec. 4 and briefly touched -11 shortly thereafter.

But within 24 hours, Notre Dame dialed down to -8.5. So this spread is now 4 points below its opener and 4.5 points off its peak at DK. The Irish are seeing 52% of early bets/57% of early money.

DraftKings opened the total at 47 and was down to 44 by Dec. 5, six days before the Hartman news. This afternoon, the number dropped another point to 43. The Over is taking 62% of bets, while 85% of cash is on the Under.

UPDATE 11 P.M. ET FRIDAY, DEC. 8: Oregon State already lost coach Jonathan Smith to Michigan State, and some of Smith's staff is joining him. Further, both teams have a lot of players in the transfer portal, most notably Oregon State QB DJ Uiagalelei. Plus, there's a chance Notre Dame QB Sam Hartman opts out.

The Fighting Irish (9-3 SU and ATS) won four of their last five games SU and ATS. In the season finale, Notre Dame steamrolled Stanford 56-23 as 26-point road chalk.

Oregon State (8-4 SU/6-6 ATS) lost its last two games, but those were against Washington and Oregon, so no shame there. In Week 13, the Beavers were 14-point pups at Oregon and got rolled 31-7. But in Week 12 at home against Washington, Oregon State closed a 1.5-point favorite and almost got there, losing 22-20.

With the Beavers' coaching change and player availability uncertainties on both sides, this line has shuffled around at Caesars Sports. Notre Dame opened -10.5, went to -11, then returned to -10.5, all on Dec. 4. On Dec. 5, the Irish slid to -10/-9/-8.5, and they remain -8.5.

The total opened at 46.5 on Dec. 4 and within about 24 hours was down to 44.

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Sun Bowl Pick, Prediction

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

This could be the most portal-heavy bowl on the entire schedule, as the known factors in this game have all moved on.

Oregon State has lost its head coach, starting quarterback, backup quarterback and starting running back — and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman has opted out with the expectation of being the first of many big-time contributors to not make the trip to El Paso.

The positive for Notre Dame is keeping the coaching staff intact with Marcus Freeman.

Depth certainly favors the Irish as well, as running back Jeremiyah Love averaged more than 4.1 yards after contact alongside a wide receiver unit filled with underclassmen.

Notre Dame is expected to field most of its defense, which should be the deciding factor in a Sun Bowl featuring two decimated rosters.

Pick: Notre Dame -6.5

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.

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  • Date: Friday, December 29, 2023
  • TV-Time: CBS, 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Sun Bowl
  • Location: El Paso, Texas

Sun Bowl History

The Sun Bowl began in 1935 and the matchup currently features schools from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. The game takes place at Sun Bowl Stadium from El Paso, Texas. This bowl, along with the Sugar and Orange bowls, are the second-oldest bowl games in the country, behind the Rose Bowl game. 

The Pac-12 has won seven of the last nine Sun Bowls, which includes Arizona State's 20-14 win over Florida State in the 2019 installment.

Texas Tech holds the record for the most appearances in this game with nine and also has the most losses (1-8). 

The 2020 installment of the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl was wiped out due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The game returned Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, and there was a late shift. Washington State of the Pac-12 was to face Miami (Fla.) of the ACC. COVID issues within the Hurricanes' program caused them to pull out.

Central Michigan was to face Boise State in the Arizona Bowl, but when the Broncos pulled out due to their own COVID outbreak, CMU moved to fill the vacancy in the Sun Bowl.

Underdogs covered in three of four Sun Bowls from 2018-22, but Notre Dame helped the favorites get back on track with a 40-8 rout of Oregon State in 2023.

Sun Bowl Betting Results

YearMatchupSpread, TotalsATS Result
2023Notre Dame 40 Oregon State 8Notre Dame -5.5, 40.5Favorite, Over
2022Pittsburgh 37 UCLA 35Pittsburgh -8.5, 54.5Underdog, Over
2021Central Michigan 24 Washington State 21Washington State -5.5, 56Underdog, Under
2019Arizona State 20 Florida State 14Arizona State -3, 52Favorite, Under
2018Stanford 14 Pittsburgh 13Stanford -3.5, 53Underdog, Under
2017N.C. State 52 Arizona State 31North Carolina State -4.5, 63Favorite, Over
2016Stanford 25 North Carolina 23Stanford -2.5, 55.5Underdog, Under
2015Washington State 20 Miami (FL) 14Washington State -1.5, 62.5Favorite, Under
2014Arizona State 36 Duke 31Arizona State -7.5, 64.5Underdog, Over
2013UCLA 42 Virginia Tech 12UCLA -7, 46Favorite, Over
2012Georgia Tech 21 USC 7USC -7.5, 63Underdog, Under
2011Utah 30 Georgia Tech 27 (OT)Georgia Tech -1.5, 49Underdog, Over
2010Notre Dame 33 Miami (FL) 17Miami (FL) -2.5, 48Underdog, Over
2009Oklahoma 31 Stanford 27Oklahoma -10.5, 54Underdog, Over
2008Oregon State 3 Pittsburgh 0Oregon State -1.5, 51Favorite, Under
2007Oregon 56 USF 21South Florida -5.5, 52.5Underdog, Over
2006Oregon State 39 Missouri 38Oregon State -3.5, 53Underdog, Over
2005UCLA 50 Northwestern 38UCLA -3, 74Favorite, Over
2004Arizona State 27 Purdue 23Purdue -7.5, 52Underdog, Under
2003Minnesota 31 Oregon 30Minnesota -5.5, 60.5Underdog, Over
2002Purdue 34 Washington 24Washington -2, 56Underdog, Over
2001Washington State 33 Purdue 27Washington State -6, 47Push, Over
2000Wisconsin 21 UCLA 20Wisconsin -4.5, 55.5Underdog, Under
1999Oregon 24 Minnesota 20Minnesota -2, 53Underdog, Under
1998TCU 28 USC 19USC -17.5, 42.5Underdog, Over
1997Arizona State 17 Iowa 7Iowa -7.5, 44Underdog, Under
1996Stanford 38 Michigan State 0--
1995Iowa 38 Washington 18--
1994Texas 35 North Carolina 31--
1993Oklahoma 41 Texas Tech 10--
1992Baylor 20 Arizona 15--
1991UCLA 6 Illinois 3--
1990Michigan State 17 USC 16--
1989Pittsburgh 31 Texas A&M 28--
1988Alabama 29 Army 28--
1987Oklahoma State 35 West Virginia 33--
1986Alabama 28 Washington 6--
1985Arizona 13 Georgia 13--
1984Maryland 28 Tennessee 27--
1983Alabama 28 SMU 7--
1982North Carolina 26 Texas 10--
1981Oklahoma 40 Houston 14--
1980Nebraska 31 Mississippi State 17--
1979Washington 14 Texas 7--
1978Texas 42 Maryland 0--
1977Stanford 24 LSU 14--
1976Texas A&M 37 Florida 14--
1975Pittsburgh 33 Kansas 19--
1974Mississippi State 26 North Carolina 24--
1973Missouri 34 Auburn 17--
1972North Carolina 32 Texas Tech 28--
1971LSU 33 Iowa State 15--
1970Georgia Tech 17 Texas Tech 9--
1969Nebraska 45 Georgia 6--
1968Auburn 34 Arizona 10--
1967UTEP 14 Mississippi 7--
1966Wyoming 28 Florida State 20--
1965UTEP 13 TCU 12--
1964Georgia 7 Texas Tech 0--
1963Oregon 21 SMU 14--
1962West Texas State 15 Ohio 14--
1961Villanova 17 Wichita State 9--
1960New Mexico State 20 Utah State 13--
1959New Mexico State 28 North Texas 8--
1958Wyoming 14 Hardin-Simmons 6--
1957George Washington 13 UTEP 0--
1956Wyoming 21 Texas Tech 14--
1955UTEP 47 Florida State 20--
1954UTEP 37 Southern Miss 14--
1953Pacific 26 Southern Miss 7--
1952Texas Tech 25 Pacific 14--
1951West Texas State 14 Cincinnati 13--
1950UTEP 33 Georgetown 20--
1949West Virginia 21 UTEP 12--

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