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2023 Bowl Mania in Kentucky: Hilltoppers, Cardinals, and Wildcats All in Action

Western Kentucky, Louisville, and Kentucky are all in action during this bowl season.

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The 2023 College Football Bowl season (AKA Bowl Mania) is upon us, and we’re lucky enough to watch the best 80+ teams in the nation square off one more time this season.

The legalization of sports betting in Kentucky will make these 43 games much more enjoyable. We can wager on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Louisville Cardinals, and Kentucky Wildcats, as each university is in action during the holiday season.

We’ll be doing single-game previews for each of their bowl games, but today, we’ll introduce you to your favorite Bluegrass State opponent and show you the best odds and the best prices currently available.

Western Kentucky vs Old Dominion Monday, December 18

Famous Toastery Bowl

Western Kentucky vs Old Dominion Betting Odds at Caesars KY





Western Kentucky


+2.5 (-110)

Over 55.5 (-110)

Old Dominion


-2.5 (-115)

Under 55.5 (-110)

Western Kentucky finished 7-5 and fourth in Conference USA. Hilltoppers quarterback Austin Reeves threw for the 17th-most yards nationally and should play in his final game in a Western Kentucky jersey. The Hilltoppers defense recorded a second-best 25 takeaways this season.

Old Dominion ended their season with a 6-6 record and a fourth-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference. Monarchs quarterback Grant Wilson threw for 2026 passing yards, the Monarchs defense allowed an above-average 26.3 points per contest.

Louisville vs. USC December 27

DIRECTTV Holiday Bowl

Louisville vs USC Betting Odds at BetMGM KY







-7.5 (-110)

Over 57.5 (-110)



+7.5 (-110)

Under 57.5 (-110)

No. 15 Louisville lost in the ACC Championship game to Florida State. Quarterback Jack Plummer has thrown for 3000+ passing yards, and running back Anwar Jordan scampered for 1000+ for an offense averaging 30 points per game. The Cardinals boast one of the top-scoring defenses nationally.

USC has dropped three straight and ended their season at 7-5. Reigning Heisman Award winner Caleb Williams threw for 3600+ but might not play in this matchup. The USC defense allows the tenth-most points per game amongst FBS schools, and without Williams, the Trojans are in real trouble.

Clemson vs. Kentucky

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

Clemson vs Kentucky Betting Odds at DraftKings KY







-7 (-112)

Over 46.5 (-110)



+7 (-108)

Under 46.5 (-110)

No. 22 Clemson Tigers finished fifth in the ACC standings and went 8-4-0 this season. Tigers quarterback Cade Klubnik threw for 2500+ yards on the season, but the Clemson defense was the real story, allowing the 19th-fewest points per game nationally.

Kentucky was formerly ranked as high as No. 15 this season but lost three of their final five matchups to end at 7-5. Quarterback Devin Leery threw for 2400+ passing yards, and running back Ray Davis scampered for 1000+. The Wildcats’ scoring defense was above average, and this matchup could end up as low-scoring as any other bowl game.