Gator Bowl Point Spread: Kentucky is an Underdog vs. Clemson

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The college football postseason is set. Bowl season arrives in just a couple of weeks as 41 teams prepare for one final contest on the gridiron to complete the 2023 season. The KSR crew will be handicapping almost every single one of those games, especially the one in in Jacksonville. Kentucky will play Clemson in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on Dec. 29. Vegas is giving the team from the ACC the early edge.

Our good friends at the FanDuel Sportsbook were the first to share odds as bowl matchups were released. The opening line for the Gator Bowl is Clemson -7 vs. Kentucky with a total of 47.5. Kentucky was 1-4 against the spread (ATS) as an underdog this fall, but the one cover was an outright win in the season finale over Louisville.

No matter what happens in Jacksonville, this will be Clemson’s first single-digit win season since 2010, Dabo Swinney’s second season. The Tigers enter the game 8-4, 4-4 in ACC play. They are 6-6 (ATS) in 2023 and the under has hit in seven of 12 games.

Just like Clemson, Vegas has been right on the money when making lines this fall. Mark Stoops’ seven-win Wildcats are also 6-6 ATS this fall. The Kentucky offense has performed below expectations for the most of the season, which is why you’ll be surprised to see that over bettors have cashed tickets in eight of twelve games.

Kentucky is playing in its eighth-straight bowl game, a school record for postseason appearances. The Cats are 4-3 during this stretch under Stoops.

Clemson is appearing in its 19th straight bowl game. Dabo was there for all but three of them, including a 2009 victory over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. Swinney is 11-8 in bowl games, including four appearances in the CFB Playoff between 2015-19.

2023 College Football Bowl Schedule

CFB Playoff

DATEGAME / LOC.MATCHUPPREDICTION
Jan. 8National Championship
Houston
Title gameSemifinal winners
Jan. 1Sugar Bowl
New Orleans
Semifinal(2) Washington vs. (3) Texas
Jan. 1Rose Bowl
Pasadena, Calif.
Semifinal(1) Michigan vs. (4) Alabama

New Year’s Six

DATEBOWLTIME (TV)MATCHUP
Jan. 1Fiesta
Glendale, Ariz. 
1 p.m. (ESPN)(8) Oregon vs. (23) Liberty
Dec. 30Orange
Miami Gardens, Fla.
4 p.m. (ESPN)(5) Florida State vs. (6) Georgia
Dec. 30Peach
Atlanta, Ga.
Noon (ESPN)(10) Penn State vs. (11) Ole Miss
Dec. 29Cotton
Arlington, Texas
8 p.m. (ESPN)(7) Ohio State vs. (9) Missouri

Every Other Bowl Game

DATEBOWLTIME (TV)MATCHUP
Jan. 1 Citrus
Orlando, Fla.
1 p.m. (ABC)Iowa vs. Tennessee
Jan. 1ReliaQuest
Tampa, Fla.
Noon (ESPN2)LSU vs. Wisconsin
Dec. 30Arizona 
Tucson, Ariz.
4:30 p.m.Toledo vs. Wyoming
Dec. 30Music City
Nashville, Tenn. 
2 p.m. (ABC)Auburn vs. Maryland
Dec. 29Liberty 
Memphis, Tenn.
3:30 p.m. (ESPN)Iowa State vs. Memphis
Dec. 29Tony the Tiger
El Paso, Texas
2 p.m. (CBS)Notre Dame vs. Oregon State
Dec. 29Gator 
Jacksonville, Fla.
Noon (ESPN)Clemson vs. Kentucky
Dec. 28Alamo 
San Antonio, Texas
9:15 p.m. (ESPN)                   Oklahoma vs. Arizona
Dec. 28Pop-Tarts
Orlando, Fla.
5:45 p.m. (ESPN)Kansas State vs. NC State
Dec. 28 Pinstripe 
New York, NY
2:15 p.m. (ESPN)Miami vs. Rutgers
Dec. 28 Fenway 
Boston, Mass.
11 a.m. (ESPN)Boston College vs. SMU
Dec. 27 Texas
Phoenix, Ariz.
9 p.m. (ESPN)Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec. 27Holiday 
San Diego, Calif.
8 p.m. (FOX)Louisville vs. USC
Dec. 27 Duke’s Mayo
Charlotte, N.C. 
5:30 p.m. (ESPN)North Carolina vs. West Virginia
Dec. 27Military
Annapolis, Mary.
2 p.m. (ESPN)Tulane vs. Virginia Tech
Dec. 26Guaranteed Rate 
Phoenix, Ariz.
9 p.m. (ESPN)Kansas vs. UNLV 
Dec. 26First Responder
University Park, Texas
5:30 p.m. (ESPN)Texas State vs. Rice 
Dec. 26 Quick Lane 
Detroit, Mich. 
2 p.m. (ESPN)Minnesota vs. Bowling Green
Dec. 23Hawai’i
Honolulu, Hawaii
10:30 p.m. (ESPN)Coastal Carolina vs. San Jose State
Dec. 23 Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nev. 
7:30 p.m. (ABC)Northwestern vs. Utah
Dec. 2368 Ventures 
Mobile, Ala.
7 p.m. (ESPN)South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan
Dec. 23Famous Idaho Potato
Boise, Idaho
3:30 p.m. (ESPN)Utah State vs. Georgia State
Dec. 23 Armed Forces
Fort Worth, Texas
3:30 p.m. (ABC)James Madison vs. Air Force
Dec. 23 Camellia
Montgomery, Ala.
Noon (ESPN)Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois
Dec. 23Birmingham 
Birmingham, Ala.
Noon (ABC)Duke vs. Troy
Dec. 22Gasparilla
Tampa, Fla
6:30 p.m. (ESPN)Georgia Tech vs. UCF
Dec. 21Boca Raton
Boca Raton, Fla. 
8 p.m. (ESPN)Syracuse vs. South Florida
Dec. 19Frisco  
Frisco, Texas
9 p.m. (ESPN)UTSA vs. Marshall
Dec. 18 Famous Toastery 
Charlotte, NC
2:30 p.m. (ESPN)Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion 
Dec. 16Independence
Shreveport, La.
9:15 p.m. (ESPN) Texas Tech vs. Cal
Dec. 16LA
Inglewood, Calif.
7:30 p.m. (ABC)Boise State vs. UCLA
Dec. 16New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
5:45 p.m. (ESPN)Fresno State vs. New Mexico State
Dec. 16Cure
Orlando, Fla.
3:30 p.m. (ABC)Miami (OH) vs. Appalachian State
Dec. 16New Orleans
New Orleans, La.
2:15 p.m. (ESPN)Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana
Dec. 16Celebration
Atlanta, Ga. 
Noon (ABC)Howard vs. Florida A&M 
Dec. 16Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach, SC
11 a.m. (ESPN) Georgia Southern vs. Ohio

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