2023 Pop-Tarts Bowl Odds: North Carolina State vs Kansas State Pick & Analysis

2023 Pop-Tarts Bowl Odds: North Carolina State vs Kansas State Pick & Analysis

On Thursday in College Football, the North Carolina State Wolf Pack and Kansas State Wildcats will meet up. This is one of the many bowl games on the day, and is the Pop-Tarts Bowl, held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando Florida.

The North Carolina State Wolfpack come into the game with a 9-3 record. The Wolf Pack finished third in the Atlantic Coast Conference during the regular season. North Carolina State won their final five games of the season. In their finale, they beat rivals North Carolina 39-20. For Kansas State, they are 8-4 on the season. The Wildcats lost their season finale at home to Iowa State.

The Kansas State Wildcats are the favorites in the college football lines in this game. The Wildcats are listed at -2.5. The total for this affair is set at 47.5 points.


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North Carolina State Wolf Pack vs Kansas State Wildcats
ATS Odds:
Kansas State Wildcats -2.5
Money line Odds: North Carolina State Line +120  / Kansas State Line -140
Over/Under Odds: 47.5

Thursday, December 28th, 2023 at 5:45 pm ET | ESPN / ESPN+
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL


Wolf Pack Defensive Thinking

The North Carolina State WolfPack saw a season where they scored 26.7 points per game. The defense was the calling card for the Wolf Pack, allowing just over 20 points per game. On the offensive side, the Wolf Pack used Brennan Armstrong, in his final season in College Football, to throw for 11 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

Kevin Concepion was the top weapon in the passing game, with two ten touchdowns on 64 receptions. Keyon Lesane was second on the team, but did not score a touchdown all season. Lesane had 5 receptions for 66 yards in the game against North Carolina to wrap up the season.

The Wolf Pack are playing in their 35 bowl game in school history. They are 17-16-1 in their history. Their most recent bowl game was last season in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, where they lost the game 16-12 to Maryland. Overall, they have dropped three straight bowl games.


Wildcats Lose Leader

Will Howard is the top available quarterback in the NFL Draft. The Wildcats signal caller threw for more than 2,600 yards and 24 touchdowns on the season. Kansas State will also be without their top receiver, with 676 yards and 6 touchdowns. Ben Sinnott declared for the NFL Draft and will be one of the best at his position.

Kansas State will turn to DJ Giddens. The running back for Kansas State carried the ball 31 times in the game against Iowa State. On the season, Giddens rushed for nearly 1,100 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Wildcats ran for nearly 200 yards per game on the season, which was 15th in the country.

For Kansas State, this is the 25th bowl game in school history. Last season the Wildcats lost 45-20 against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The previous season they won in Houston at the Texas Bowl over LSU.


North Carolina State vs Kansas State Betting Analysis | Two Changed Teams

This is going to be an interesting game. The bigger the programs, the more, and talented players they are losing for bowl games. Kansas State is missing a ton. We expect them to struggle on the offensive side. Our final bet for this game is the North Carolina State WolfPack to win straight up. Bet the Wolf Pack at +125 over the Kansas State Wildcats on Thursday!

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North Carolina State Wolf Pack Last 5

Date OPP Result
11/25/23 vs UNC W39-20
11/18/23 @ VT W35-28
11/11/23 @ WAKE W26-6
11/4/23 vs MIA W20-6
10/28/23 vs CLEM W24-17

Kansas State WildcatsLast 5

Date OPP Result
11/25/23 vs ISU L42-35
11/18/23 @ KU W31-27
11/11/23 vs BAY W59-25
11/4/23 @ TEX L33-30 OT
10/28/23 vs HOU W41-0

Kansas State Wildcats vs North Carolina State Wolf Pack Trends

  • North Carolina State are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Big 12 conference.
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of North Carolina State’s last 10 games played in December.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 16 of North Carolina State’s last 20 games played on a Thursday.
  • North Carolina State are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing as the underdog
  • Kansas State are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas State’s last 10 games played in December.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas State’s last 5 games played on a Thursday.
  • Kansas State are 13-3 SU in their last 16 games when playing as the favourite.

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76 Birmingham Bowl
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Texas State   @  Rice 5:30 PM Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX
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Duke's Mayo Bowl
North Carolina   @  West Virginia 5:30 PM Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
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15 Louisville   @  USC 8:00 PM Petco Park, San Diego, CA
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19 Oregon State   @  16 Notre Dame 2:00 PM Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX
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Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
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17 Iowa   @  21 Tennessee 1:00 PM Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
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Can the Florida State Seminoles Get Back Into the Top 10?

Two perennial college football powerhouses will meet in Orlando at the Cheez-It Bowl. Oklahoma, one of the nation’s top teams over the past few seasons, hasn’t had the season that many expected.

Coming in at 6-6 under first-year head coach Brent Venables, the Sooners won’t be finishing in the top 10 for the first time in seven seasons.

Oklahoma’s opponent, the Florida State Seminoles, is a program on the rebound. Mike Norvell’s squad is looking for their first 10-win season since 2016. With a win, the Seminoles could find themselves ranked inside the top 10 after all is said and done. 

Let’s take a look at each of the two participants in this year’s Cheez-It Bowl, and then we’ll give you our Oklahoma vs. Florida State prediction for your favorite betting on College Football.


Oklahoma Sooners

When Venables was named the head coach at Oklahoma, he knew he had his work cut out for him. Lincoln Riley, the former head coach who left for USC, took a lot of Oklahoma’s top players with him.

A lot of Oklahoma’s recruits also de-committed from the Sooner program. Venables worked hard to put together a very good class, but the Sooners program just couldn’t get things going this season.

In this one, Oklahoma will be without many key players, as they have chosen to opt-out of the bowl game. They’ll still have quarterback Dillon Gabriel. He should end the season with over 3,000 passing yards. Gabriel has thrown for 24 touchdowns and rushed for five more.

His top target, wide receiver Marvin Mims, plans on playing in this one. Tight end Brayden Willis, who has seven touchdown catches on the season, will be playing as well. The offensive line will be missing two starters, as they have opted not to play.

Unfortunately for Oklahoma, they’ll be meeting a Florida State defense that is one of the top defenses in the country. With 34 sacks on the season, they can get after the quarterback. A weakened Oklahoma offense could be in for a long day against the strong Seminoles’ defense.


Florida State Seminoles

The Seminoles’ offense looks to have most of their key components in place for this one. Quarterback Jordan Travis looks to have all of his offensive weapons available, and that will be a bonus for one of the top-scoring offenses in the country.

They’ll be facing an Oklahoma defense that hasn’t lived up to expectations this season. Florida State should be able to move the ball on the Oklahoma defense and should be able to put some points on the board.



Florida State comes into this one as a nine-point favorite. We expect to see both teams put points on the board; however, Florida State’s defense will be the difference in this one.

They’ll be able to get some key stops when needed. Oklahoma is missing too many key players, and they will struggle to stop Florida State’s high-powered offense.

The Seminoles win this one 37-24, thus covering the spread. Florida State should be a top-10 team after this one, as Mike Norvell is rebuilding the once-proud Florida State program.


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Oklahoma vs Florida State Game Info

  • When: Thursday, December 29 at 5:30 PM EST
  • Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando
  • TV: ESPN

We are a few days into bowl season, and we hope that you have all managed to put a few extra bucks in your pocket. As we get closer to Christmas and New Year, the matchups begin to feature teams that most of us are a good deal more familiar with than the teams who play in the smaller bowls in the opening set of games. We certainly have what looks to be an intriguing matchup in the Cheez-It Bowl, which is set to go on December 29. We have the Oklahoma Sooners, who are coming off a very disappointing year, going against a Florida State team that finished the regular season on a great run of form and who will be playing very close to home. Given those details, it’s probably not surprising that the Seminoles are in as a 9 ½ point favorite. The point total for this one has been set at 65 ½.

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Why bet on the Oklahoma Sooners

Over the past few years, we have come to expect the Sooners to be in the mix for a playoff spot heading into the end of the regular season. This year, they managed to become bowl eligible with just 1 game to spare, eventually ending the season at 6-6, which is not nearly good enough for the fans of the Sooners. In fairness, they started the year with a new head coach after Lincoln Riley left for USC, so it’s probably not that surprising that there were some teething problems in Oklahoma. The Sooners still managed to rack up close to 33 PPH, while surrendering over 29 PPG, so things basically remained the same in that regard, as this is a team that has been involved in many shootouts over the past few seasons. Oklahoma went 2-7 ATS over their last 9 games and have seen the UNDER hit in 4 of their last 5 versus teams from the ACC.


Why bet on the Florida State Seminoles

With Clemson going 8-0 in conference play, it was always going to be impossible for the Seminoles to do enough to get to the ACC Conference Championship Game. They ended up going 5-3 in conference play, which helped them to a 9-3 record overall. It was how they finished the season that stands out, though, as they went on a 5-game win streak to close things out. Through the course of the season, the Seminoles average over 36 PPG, but they went better than that through their final 5 games of the year, where they averaged over 43 PPG. They also surrendered less than 20 PPG in the regular season. They are 10-1 SU in their last 11 as a favorite and have covered the spread in 4 of their last 5. The OVER has hit in 5 of their last 7 versus the Big 12.


Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

While Oklahoma has the firepower to hang with the Seminoles for a minute, I am more than a little concerned that their defense won’t be able to hold up their end of the bargain. I think Florida State pulls away to win and cover, with the OVER hitting, too.

Oklahoma Sooners 33 Florida State Seminoles 45

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