College Football Bowl Game Opt-Out Tracker & Injury News 2023-24

Get updated college football bowl game matchups, start times, opt out news, injury updates, transfer portal entries, and odds for each CFB postseason showdown.

College Football Bowl Games: Opt-Outs, Injuries, Transfer Portal News

Bowl season is officially upon us! This article will serve as a hub for each of the 41 bowl matchups where I’ll provide the latest news on injuries, opt-outs, transfer portal information, odds, and more. News will constantly be flowing this time of year, and I’ll update this page every day leading up to these games. Keep in mind that players who enter the transfer portal and coaches who accept positions at new colleges are still eligible to participate in these bowl games.

Games are ordered chronologically, and games that have already taken place can be found at the bottom of the page. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions. Let’s get to work.

Gator Bowl – Clemson vs. Kentucky

Clemson Tigers

Opt-Outs: DL Ruke Orhorhoro (409 snaps), LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (689 snaps), CB Nate Wiggins (494 snaps)

Transfer Portal: WR Beaux Collins (636 snaps), TE Sage Ennis (173 snaps), OL Mitchell Mayes (352 snaps), CB Toriano Pride (150 snaps), S Andrew Mukuba (581 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Brannon Spector, OG Marcus Tate, and S Jalyn Phillips have been out since Week 9 with undisclosed injuries. WRs Antonio Williams and Beaux Collins have also missed several games with lower body injuries. CB Sheridan Jones will miss the game.

Other News: DT Tyler Davis is an opt-out candidate to watch. LB Barrett Carter announced he’s returning to Clemson next season.

Kentucky Wildcats

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: RB JuTahn McClain (82 snaps), WR Dekel Crowdus (45 snaps), TE Izayah Cummings (124 snaps), DL Jamarius Dinkins (89 snaps), ED Keaten Wade (371 snaps), LB Martez Thrower (101 snaps), S Jalen Geiger (253 snaps)

Player Injuries: TEs Jordan Dingle and Josh Kattus have been sidelined with undisclosed injuries.

Other News: RB Ray Davis (529 snaps) and CB Andru Phillips (653 snaps) declared for the NFL Draft but are expected to play in the bowl. TE Jordan Dingle (282 snaps) was in the portal but removed himself.

Sun Bowl – Oregon State vs. Notre Dame

Oregon State Beavers

Opt-Outs: OT Tailese Fuaga (700 snaps), WR Anthony Gould (517 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB DJ Uiagalelei (704 snaps), QB Aidan Chiles (100 snaps), TE Jack Velling (585 snaps), TE Jake Overman (56 snaps), LB Easton Mascarenas-Arnold (741 snaps), CB Jermod McCory (410 snaps), S Akili Arnold (664 snaps), K Atticus Sappington (13-14 FG)

Player Injuries: RB Damien Martinez (488 snaps) was suspended for the bowl game after being arrested on suspicion of DUI. OT Joshua Gray (682 snaps) and OG Henley Bloomfield (619 snaps) missed the regular season finale.

Other News: Former Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith accepted an offer to be the new head coach at Michigan State. Former Oregon State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren followed Smith to Michigan State to take on the same role. Former Oregon State defensive coordinator Trent Bray was promoted to become the new head coach, but he won’t be with the team for the bowl.

Former passing game coordinator Kefense Hynson will serve as the interim head coach for the bowl game while former cornerbacks coach Anthony Perkins will serve as the interim defensive coordinator.

With Uiagalelei and Chiles in the transfer portal, QB Ben Gulbranson is expected to start after starting the final eight games of the 2022 season.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Opt-Outs: QB Sam Hartman (678 snaps), RB Auric Estime (388 snaps), OT Joe Alt (713 snaps), OT Blake Fisher (710 snaps), LB Marist Liufau (595 snaps), CB Cam Hart (572 snaps), CB Thomas Harper (438 snaps)

Transfer Portal: WR Tobias Merriweather (378 snaps), WR Rico Flores Jr. (404 snaps), WR Chris Tyree (276 snaps), WR Braylon James (22 snaps), TE Holden Staes (369 snaps), C Zeke Correll (558 snaps), ED Nana Osafo-Mensah (252 snaps), DL Aidan Keanaaina (40 snaps), S Ramon Henderson (304 snaps), S Antonio Carter (72 snaps)

Player Injuries: TE Mitchell Evans (425 snaps) suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Week 9. OG Rocco Spindler (559 snaps) suffered a season-ending injury in Week 10.

Other News: DL Howard Cross announced he’s returning for another season. S Xavier Watts has yet to announce a decision on his future but will play in the bowl game.

With QB Sam Hartman opting out, redshirt freshman Steve Angeli is expected to get his first career start in the Sun Bowl.

Offensive coordinator Gerad Parker accepted an offer to be the new head coach at Troy.

Liberty Bowl – Iowa State vs. Memphis

Iowa State Cyclones

Opt-Outs: CB T.J. Tampa (747 snaps)

Transfer Portal: RB Cartevious Norton (240 snaps), RB Eli Sanders (195 snaps), OG Darrell Simmons Jr. (142 snaps), LB Carston Marshall (64 snaps), CB Terrell Crosby Jr. (51 snaps), S Treyveon McGee (54 snaps)

Player Injuries: S Malik Verdon (496 snaps) missed the regular season finale with a fractured forearm and his status is in question for the bowl game. S Ben Nikkel (267 snaps) also missed the regular season finale.

Other News: DB TJ Tampa (747 snaps), is a potential opt-out candidate to watch.

Memphis Tigers

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: OT Makylan Pounders (673 snaps), OG Davion Carter (852 snaps), S Cameron Smith (627 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Koby Drake (401 snaps) has been out since Week 12 with an undisclosed injury. CB Julian Barnett (322 snaps) missed the regular season finale. ED Andres Fox (181 snaps) missed the final two games.

Other News: This game will be played in Memphis’s home stadium.

Cotton Bowl – Missouri vs. Ohio State

Missouri Tigers

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: LB Dameon Wilson (45 snaps)

Player Injuries: LB Ty’Ron Hopper (563 snaps) has been out since Week 11 with an ankle injury. CB Ennis Rakestraw (466 snaps) has been out since Week 12 with an undisclosed injury, and his return is unlikely. LB Chad Bailey (197 snaps) is out for the season. Head coach Eli Drinkwitz said he expects all injured players to be back in time for the bowl game except for Rakestraw and Hopper.

Other News: Eli Drinkwitz is 0-2 in bowl games. Missouri is seeking its first bowl win and 11-win season since 2014.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Opt-Outs: RB Miyan Williams (107 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB Kyle McCord (703 snaps), RB Chip Trayanum (252 snaps), RB Evan Pryor (31 snaps), WR Julian Fleming (552 snaps), C Vic Cutler (21 snaps), ED Omari Abor (29 snaps), CB Jyaire Brown (48 snaps), CB Ryan Turner (27 snaps), CB Cam Martinez (28 snaps), S Kye Stokes (10 snaps)

Player Injuries: S Lathan Ransom has been out since Week 9 with a leg injury.

Other News: WR Marvin Harrison Jr. (649 snaps), a projected top-five pick in the NFL draft, is an opt-out candidate to watch. Other opt-out candidates include RB TreVeyon Henderson (351 snaps), TE Cade Stover (581 snaps), ED JT Tuimoloau (621 snaps), DL Michael Hall Jr. (368 snaps), LB Tommy Eichenberg (607 snaps), and S Josh Proctor (552 snaps).

WR Emeka Egbuka (397 snaps), OG Donovan Jackson (768 snaps), ED Jack Sawyer (549 snaps), DL Tyleik Williams (586 snaps), CB Jordan Hancock (541 snaps), and CB Denzel Burke (506 snaps) announced they will play in the Cotton Bowl.

QB Devin Brown could be in line to make his first career start with McCord in the transfer portal, although he’s been limited by injuries all year. Seventh-year senior Oregon State transfer Tristan Gebbia could get the start if Brown is unavailable. RB TreVeyon Henderson (351 snaps) announced he’ll return next season.

Peach Bowl – Ole Miss vs. Penn State

Ole Miss Rebels

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: WR Bralon Brown (56 snaps), WR JJ Henry (24 snaps), OT Cedric Melton (27 snaps), TE Kyirin Heath (121 snaps), CB Demarko Williams (153 snaps), S Isheem Young (130 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Zakhari Franklin has missed most of the season with a knee injury – he last played in Week 8. OT Micah Pettus (608 snaps) suffered a season-ending injury in Week 10.

Other News:

Penn State Nittany Lions

Opt-Outs: TE Theo Johnson (615 snaps), ED Chop Robinson (303 snaps)

Transfer Portal: WR Cristian Driver (27 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Harrison Wallace (237 snaps) has been out since Week 9.

Other News: Penn State’s co-offensive coordinators Ja’Juan Seider and Ty Howle will continue in those roles for the Peach Bowl despite the hiring of new offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki.

Potential opt-out candidates include OT Olumuyiwa Fashanu (722 snaps) and CB Kalen King (481 snaps), both of whom are projected first-round picks in the NFL Draft. ED Adisa Isaac (380 snaps) and CB Daequan Hardy (335 snaps) have declared for the NFL Draft but will play in the bowl.

Former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was hired as Duke’s new head coach.

Music City Bowl – Auburn vs. Maryland

Auburn Tigers

Opt-Outs: DT Marcus Harris (533 snaps), CB DJ James (691 snaps), CB Nehemiah Pritchett (471 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB Robby Ashford (131 snaps), WR Malcolm Johnson Jr. (312 snaps), WR Ja’Varrius Johnson (196 snaps), WR Omari Kelly (131 snaps), WR Jyaire Shorter (87 snaps), TE Tyler Fromm (151 snaps), ED Stephen Sings (75 snaps), S Marquise Gilbert (42 snaps)

Player Injuries: DE Mosiah Nasili-Kite (176 snaps) suffered a season-ending biceps injury in Week 5.

Other News: S Jaylin Simpson (650 snaps) is expected to play despite accepting a Senior Bowl invite.

Maryland Terrapins

Opt-Outs: QB Taulia Tagovailoa (780 snaps), CB Tarheeb Still (574 snaps)

Transfer Portal: RB Antwain Littleton II (244 snaps), WR Tyrese Chambers (122 snaps), TE Corey Dyches (467 snaps), TE Rico Walker (138 snaps), LB Jaishawn Barham (478 snaps), LB Riyal Wilmot (180 snaps), CB Corey Coley Jr. (305 snaps), CB Gavin Gibson (118 snaps), CB Tamarcus Cooley (23 snaps)

Player Injuries:

Other News: Billy Edwards Jr. (45 snaps) is expected to start in the bowl game with Tagovailoa opting out.

Orange Bowl – Florida State vs. Georgia

Florida State Seminoles

Opt-Outs: RB Trey Benson (413 snaps), WR Johnny Wilson (459 snaps), WR Keon Coleman (672 snaps), TE Jaheim Bell (451 snaps), ED Jared Verse (586 snaps), DL Fabien Lovett (337 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB Tate Rodemaker (141 snaps), RB Rodney Hill (109 snaps), WR Winston Wright (29 snaps), TE Markeston Douglas (210 snaps), OT Bless Harris (390 snaps), OG Thomas Shrader (47 snaps), DL Joshua Farmer (427 snaps), DL Malcolm Ray (246 snaps), LB DJ Lundy (403 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Jordan Travis remains out with a severe leg injury.

Other News: Four-star freshman QB Brock Glenn will get the start with Travis out and Rodemaker in the portal.

Georgia Bulldogs

Opt-Outs: TE Brock Bowers (520 snaps) is expected to miss the game but we’re awaiting official confirmation.

Transfer Portal: ED Marvin Jones Jr. (237 snaps), LB Jamon Dumas-Johnson (336 snaps), LB Xavian Sorey Jr. (188 snaps), CB Nyland Green (94 snaps), CB AJ Harris (89 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Rara Thomas (391 snaps) has been out since Week 12 with a foot injury. WR Ladd McConkey and TE Brock Bowers were not fully healthy in the SEC Championship. Kirby Smart said he expects McConkey to be available.

LB Jamon Dumas-Johnson (336 snaps) has been out since Week 10 with a forearm injury. CB Julian Humphrey (168 snaps) has been out since Week 11.

OT Amarius Mims left the SEC Championship with an injury and did not return. He was not seen getting off the team plane.

Other News: QB Carson Beck (833 snaps) has confirmed that he will participate in the bowl game and be back at Georgia next season.

Arizona Bowl – Toledo vs. Wyoming

Toledo Rockets

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Dequan Finn (815 snaps), RB Peny Boone (456 snaps), OG Vinny Sciury (838 snaps), P Jonathon Batzke

Player Injuries:

Other News: QB Tucker Gleason would likely get the start if Finn is unavailable after entering the transfer portal. CB Quinyon Mitchell (781 snaps), a projected Day 2 NFL Draft pick, is a potential opt-out candidate.

Wyoming Cowboys

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: CB Kolbey Taylor (536 snaps)

Player Injuries: OT Caden Barnett (608 snaps) was limited to eight snaps over the final two games due to an injury.

Other News: Head coach Craig Bohl announced that he will retire after the bowl game. Offensive coordinator Tim Polasek was hired as the new head coach at North Dakota State.

ReliaQuest Bowl – Wisconsin vs. LSU

Wisconsin Badgers

Opt-Outs: RB Braelon Allen (488 snaps), C Tanor Bortolini (868 snaps), CB Jason Maitre (646 snaps)

Transfer Portal: WR Chimere Dike (550 snaps), WR Skyler Bell (374 snaps), OG Trey Wedig (252 snaps), ED Darian Varner (122 snaps), DL Rodas Johnson (432 snaps), LB Jordan Turner (554 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Bryson Green (547 snaps) and CB Alexander Smith (382 snaps) have been out since Week 11. RB Jackson Acker (198 snaps) missed the regular season finale. RB Chez Mellusi (112 snaps) suffered a season-ending injury in Week 4.

Other News: QB Tanner Mordecai is expected to get the start after missing most of the second half of the season with a broken hand.

LSU Tigers

Opt-Outs: QB Jayden Daniels (702 snaps)

Transfer Portal: OG Marlon Martinez (75 snaps), CB Sage Ryan (620 snaps), CB Lawrence Welch (96 snaps)

Player Injuries: DT Mekhi Wingo (344 snaps) suffered a season-ending injury in Week 8. LB Whit Weeks (260 snaps) returned from injury in the regular season finale. CBs Duce Chestnut (81 snaps), Denver Harris (217 snaps), and Zy Alexander (418 snaps) will miss the bowl game.

Other News: QB Garrett Nussmeier will start with Daniels opting out. WR Brian Thomas (682 snaps) and WR Malik Nabers (668 snaps) are opt-out candidates to watch.

Former offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock accepted an offer to be the new offensive coordinator at Notre Dame.

Citrus Bowl – Iowa vs. Tennessee

Iowa Hawkeyes

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Spencer Petras (0 snaps), WR Diante Vines (344 snaps)

Player Injuries: Star CB Cooper DeJean (705 snaps) suffered a season-ending leg injury in Week 11. QB Cade McNamara (206 snaps), TE Erick All (251 snaps), and TE Luke Lachey (120 snaps) all suffered season-ending injuries. OT Gennings Dunker (661 snaps) missed the Big Ten title game.

Other News:

Tennessee Volunteers

Opt-Outs: QB Joe Milton (772 snaps), RB Jaylen Wright (325 snaps)

Transfer Portal: OG Addison Nichols (116 snaps), ED Tyler Baron (444 snaps), CB Doneiko Slaughter (387 snaps), CB Warren Burrell (166 snaps), CB Brandon Turnage (149 snaps), S Tamarion McDonald (486 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Don’te Thornton (214 snaps), WR Bru McCoy (231 snaps), LB Arion Carter (126 snaps), and CB Kamal Hadden (311 snaps) suffered season-ending injuries. OT Brian Grant (33 snaps), OG Javontez Spraggins (699 snaps), OG Andrej Karic (266 snaps), ED Roman Harrison (301 snaps), DL Omarr Norman-Lott (235 snaps), S Wesley Walker (636 snaps), and S Tamarion McDonald (486 snaps) were all out for the regular season finale.

Other News: With Milton opting out, five-star freshman Nico Iamavella will get his first career collegiate start after attempting just 26 passes this season.

Fiesta Bowl – Oregon vs. Liberty

Oregon Ducks

Opt-Outs: C Jackson Powers-Johnson (829 snaps), CB Khyree Jackson (520 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB Ty Thompson (97 snaps), WR Kris Hutson (22 snaps), CB Trikweze Bridges (205 snaps), S Bryan Addison (109 snaps)

Player Injuries: RB Noah Whittington (64 snaps) suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 5. WR Troy Franklin (722 snaps) and ED Jordan Burch (418 snaps) suffered injuries during the Pac-12 title game. CB Jahlil Florence (392 snaps) missed the final two games. WR/KR Gary Bryant Jr. (511 snaps) missed the Pac-12 title game.

Other News: QB Bo Nix and RB Bucky Irving are expected to declare for the NFL Draft but have said they will play in the Fiesta Bowl. Head coach Dan Lanning agreed to a six-year contract extension.

Potential opt-out candidates include WR Troy Franklin (722 snaps), WR Tez Johnson (474 snaps), OT Ajani Cornelius (834 snaps), ED Brandon Dorlus (564 snaps), ED Jordan Burch (418 snaps), and S Tysheem Johnson (748 snaps).

Liberty Flames

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Johnathan Bennett (31 snaps), DL Kendy Charles (336 snaps), DL Tysheik Galloway (118 snaps), ED Bryan Whitehead II (238 snaps), DL Tysheik Galloway (118 snaps), CB Preston Hodge (690 snaps), S Jaylon Jimmerson (160 snaps)

Player Injuries: LB Jerome Jolly Jr. (447 snaps) and S A’Khori Jones (269) missed the C-USA Championship game.

Other News:

Rose Bowl – Michigan vs. Alabama

Michigan Wolverines

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal:

Player Injuries: OG Zak Winter (649 snaps) suffered a season-ending leg injury against Ohio State. CB Will Johnson (410 snaps) also suffered an injury against Ohio State and missed the Big Ten Championship game. LB Junior Colson (543 snaps) will play with a cast on his hand.

Other News:

Alabama Crimson Tide

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Tyler Buchner (39 snaps), WR JaCorey Brooks (142 snaps)

Player Injuries: RB Jase McClellan (401 snaps) missed the SEC Championship. CB Kool-Aid McKinstry (788 snaps) left the SEC Championship with a minor concussion but should be able to return for the Rose Bowl.

Other News: Special teams coordinator/outside LBs coach Coleman Hutzler was named Mississippi State’s new defensive coordinator/inside LBs coach.

Sugar Bowl – Washington vs. Texas

Washington Huskies

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Dylan Morris (53 snaps), S Vincent Nunley (213 snaps)

Player Injuries: S Asa Turner (167 snaps) returned for the Pac-12 Championship.

Other News:

Texas Longhorns

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: WR Isaiah Neyor (2 snaps), WR Casey Cain (56 snaps), S Jalen Catalon (142 snaps)

Player Injuries: RB Jonathan Brooks (450 snaps) suffered a season-ending injury. WR Xavier Worthy (764 snaps) was seen on crutches after the Big 12 Championship. CB Ryan Watts (376 snaps) missed the Big 12 Championship. Steve Sarkisian expressed confidence that Worthy and Watts would return in time for the Sugar Bowl.

Other News:

Myrtle Beach Bowl – Georgia Southern vs. Ohio

Georgia Southern Eagles

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: CB Jalen Denton (184 snaps)

Player Injuries: RB Jalen White (504 snaps) and LB Isaac Walker (530 snaps) missed the team’s regular season finale.

Other News:

Ohio Bobcats

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Kurtis Rourke (341 snaps), RB Sieh Bangura (483 snaps), RB O’Shaan Allison (335 snaps), WR Miles Cross (617 snaps), WR Armoni Rhone (59 snaps), DL Tristan Cox (122 snaps), LB Keye Thompson (665 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Jacoby Jones (103 snaps) suffered a season-ending injury in Week 4

Other News: With backup QB CJ Harris, who led Ohio to a win in their bowl game last season, senior QB Parker Navarro (112 career passing yards) is the presumed starter.

New Orleans Bowl – Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: K Alen Karajic

Player Injuries: Starting CB Jabari Mack (400 snaps) has been out since Week 8. Starting ED Jaylen Swain (500 snaps) missed the team’s regular season finale.

Other News:

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: LB Kendré Gant (536 snaps), S Cejae Ceasar (33 snaps)

Player Injuries: With QBs Ben Woolridge and Zeon Chriss out for the season, Chandler Fields started the team’s final three games of the regular season. LT Nathan Thomas (765 snaps) will miss the bowl game.

Head coach Michael Desormeaux expressed hope that starters C Landon Burton (606 snaps) and S Courtline Flowers (592 snaps) could return this week after missing time to close out the season.

Other News:

Cure Bowl – Miami OH vs. Appalachian State

Miami OH RedHawks

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Aveon Smith (120 snaps), CB Jeremiah Caldwell (87 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Brett Gabbert is out for the season with a leg injury. WR Gage Larvadain returned for the MAC title game after missing the team’s final two regular season games.

Other News: With Gabbert out for the season and Smith entering the transfer portal, it could be former Colorado quarterback Maddox Kopp getting his second career start and first for Miami OH. Henry Hesson, who has attempted five career passes, is also an option.

K Graham Nicholson, the first MAC kicker to ever win the Lou Groza Award, and LB Matt Salopek (863 snaps) have announced they will return next season.

Appalachian State Mountaineers

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: RB Nate Noel (401 snaps), WR Deshaun Davis (337 snaps), WR Milan Tucker (247 snaps), ED Donovan Spellman (150 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Ryan Burger suffered a finger injury in Week 1 and Joey Aguilar has been the starter ever since.

Other News:

New Mexico Bowl – New Mexico State vs. Fresno State

New Mexico State Aggies

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: WR Trent Hudson (458 snaps), WR Jordin Parker (65 snaps), WR PJ Johnson (82 snaps), CB Reggie Akles (395 snaps), S Malachi McLean (83 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Diego Pavia is expected to be good to go for the New Mexico Bowl.

Other News:

Fresno State Bulldogs

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Logan Fife (200 snaps), LB Raymond Scott (179 snaps), S Chrishawn Gordon (282 snaps)

Player Injuries: Starting LT Jacob Spomer (641 snaps) suffered a season-ending injury in Week 11. Starting DT Gavriel Lightfoot (382 snaps) missed Week 12 and was limited to 4 snaps in Week 13.

Other News: Head coach Jeff Tedford has stepped away from the program to focus on personal health concerns. Assistant head coach and linebackers coach Tim Skipper will serve as the interim head coach for the bowl game.

LA Bowl – Boise State vs. UCLA

Boise State Broncos

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Taylen Green (614 snaps), WR Eric McAlister (544 snaps), ED Kivon Wright (10 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Stefan Cobbs (375 snaps) has been out since Week 10. QB Maddux Madsen (278 snaps) is out for the season.

Other News: After becoming the first interim head coach in FBS history to win a conference title, Spencer Danielson was named Boise State’s head coach heading into next season.

With Green in the portal and Madsen out for the year, true freshman QB CJ Tiller is expected get the start as he has received a majority of the first team reps. RB Ashton Jeanty announced he is returning to Boise State next season and will play in the bowl game.

UCLA Bruins

Opt-Outs: ED Laiatu Latu (535 snaps, Pac-12 DPOY)

Transfer Portal: QB Dante Moore (432 snaps), WR Kam Brown (332 snaps), WR Keegan Jones (105 snaps), TE Carsen Ryan (365 snaps), OG Jake Wiley (93 snaps), CB John Humphrey (614 snaps), S William Nimmo (345 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Ethan Garbers (303 snaps) left the team’s regular season finale with a forearm injury, but Chip Kelly said “we anticipate him being available.” DT Gary Smith (247 snaps) missed the team’s final two games.

Starting RB Carson Steele (424 snaps) was not seen at practice on Monday or Tuesday leading up to the bowl game. Associate head coach and RBs coach DeShaun Foster said his availability will be left up to the training staff.

Other News: Former defensive coordinator D’Anton Lynn accepted an offer to fill the same role at USC. Former quarterbacks coach Ryan Gunderson accepted an offer to become the new Oregon State offensive coordinator.

Independence Bowl – Cal vs. Texas Tech

Cal Golden Bears

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Ben Finley (101 snaps), QB Sam Jackson (247 snaps), OT Brayden Rohme (105 snaps), LB Kaleb Elarms-Orr (700 snaps), LB Blake Antzoulatos (105 snaps), CB Jeremiah Earby (447 snaps)

Player Injuries: LB Jackson Sirmon (354 snaps) suffered a season-ending injury in Week 6.

Other News: With Jackson out and Finley in the transfer portal, Cal will presumably be starting Fernando Mendoza, who started the final seven games of the season. WR Taj Davis (469 snaps) is no longer with the program.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Tyler Shough (135 snaps), WR Myles Price (438 snaps), WR Jerand Bradley (613 snaps), WR J.J. Sparkman (133 snaps), WR Loic Fouonji (82 snaps), TE Jayden York (89 snaps), OT Monroe Mills (894 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Behren Morton (553 snaps) has made four straight starts after missing time earlier this season. He should be closer to full health with a break before the bowl game. DL Jaylon Hutchings (491 snaps) had leg surgery and will miss the bowl game

Starters LG Cole Spencer (373 snaps), ED Steve Linton (295 snaps), and S Tyler Owens (519 snaps) have missed multiple games with injuries. LB Jacob Rodriguez (184 snaps) will miss the game to preserve his redshirt.

Other News: RB Tahj Brooks (724 snaps) has announced he will return to Texas Tech for another season, and he’ll play in this bowl game.

Famous Toastery Bowl – Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: OT Wes Dorsey (678 snaps), OG Quantavious Leslie (787 snaps), C Vincent Murphy (822 snaps), LB Desmyn Baker (472 snaps), CB Upton Stout (418 snaps), S Kendrick Simpkins (723 snaps), S T.J. Springer (273 snaps), S Talique Allen (573 snaps)

Player Injuries:

Other News: QB Austin Reed is expected to miss the bowl game so freshman Turner Helton will get his first career start with backup Caden Veltkamp in the portal. WR Malachi Corley is reportedly expected to play in the bowl game despite being a coveted NFL prospect.

Old Dominion Monarchs

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: WR Javon Harvey (431 snaps), WR Jordan Bly (180 snaps), WR Marquez Bell (26 snaps), ED Devin Brandt-Epps (245 snaps), S Terry Jones (743 snaps), P Ethan Duane

Player Injuries: Star LB Jason Henderson (nation’s leading tackler) will miss the bowl game with a leg injury.

Other News:

Frisco Bowl – UTSA vs. Marshall

UTSA Roadrunners

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: ED Trey Moore (502 snaps, AAC DPOY), CB Syrus Dumas (51 snaps)

Player Injuries: OT Makai Hart has been out since Week 2. WR De’Corian Clark remains out due to an ACL injury suffered in 2022.

Other News: With Frank Harris unlikely to play, redshirt freshman Owen McCown, son of longtime NFL quarterback Josh McCown, is expected to get the start. Head coach Jeff Traylor is staying at UTSA after being linked to the Texas A&M opening.

Marshall Thundering Herd

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Cam Fancher (692 snaps), WR Caleb Coombs (338 snaps), TE Sean Sallis (63 snaps), OG Trent Holler (725 snaps), DL Brandon McElroy (147 snaps)

Player Injuries: TE Cade Conley (396 snaps) has remained out but could return for the bowl game. Starting S J.J. Roberts (581 snaps) missed the final two games of the season.

Other News: Former Purdue TEs coach Seth Doege was hired as the team’s new offensive coordinator. True freshman QB Cole Pennington (79 attempts, 6 INTs) is set to get the start.

Boca Raton Bowl – South Florida vs. Syracuse

South Florida Bulls

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: CB Jameel Sanders (41 snaps), ED Lloyd Summerall (305 snaps), S Will Jones (169 snaps)

Player Injuries: LG Andrew Kilfoyl (576 snaps) missed Weeks 7-9 and then Weeks 11-13. RG Zane Herring (736 snaps) left the team’s regular season finale with an injury.

Other News: In his first season as head coach, former Tennessee offensive coordinator Alex Golesh led South Florida to their first bowl appearance since 2018. ED Lloyd Summerall hasn’t been with the team since Week 10.

Syracuse Orange

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: WR Isaiah Jones (235 snaps), ED Leon Lowery Jr. (523 snaps), ED Terry Lockett (480 snaps), CB Jeremiah Wilson (285 snaps), S Aman Greenwood (113 snaps), S Myles Farmer (106 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Garrett Shrader underwent shoulder surgery and will miss the bowl game. TE Oronde Gadsden II suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury in September. ED Terry Lockett missed the regular season finale.

Other News: Fran Brown, former Georgia defensive backs coach, was hired as the new Syracuse head coach, replacing Dino Babers. Interim head coach Nunzio Campanile will coach the team in this bowl game and remain on Brown’s staff in 2024. Texas A&M’s defensive line coach Elijah Robinson was hired as the new defensive coordinator.

Gasparilla Bowl – Georgia Tech vs. UCF

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: ED Kyle Kennard (534 snaps), ED Kervins Choute (77 snaps), CB Kenan Johnson (521 snaps)

Player Injuries:

Other News:

UCF Knights

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: RB Jordan McDonald (31 snaps), WR Jaylon Griffin (47 snaps), C Drake Metcalf (213 snaps), DL Kervins Choute (77 snaps), CB Corey Thornton (667 snaps)

Player Injuries: S Jireh Wilson (447 snaps) missed the regular season finale while CB Braeden Marshall (257 snaps) left the game early with an injury.

Other News: Head coach Gus Malzahn earned a contract extension after leading UCF to bowl eligibility in their first year in the Big 12. QB John Rhys Plumlee announced on Twitter that he will play in this bowl game.

Birmingham Bowl – Troy vs. Duke

Troy Trojans

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: OG Kobe Williams (23 snaps), LB Jayden McDonald (533 snaps)

Player Injuries:

Other News: Former head coach Jon Sumrall was hired to be the next Tulane head coach. Defensive coordinator Greg Gasparato will be the interim coach for the bowl game.

Duke Blue Devils

Opt-Outs: WR Jalon Calhoun (685 snaps), OT Graham Barton (496 snaps)

DL DeWayne Carter accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl and could sit out.

Transfer Portal: QB Riley Leonard (381 snaps), RB Jordan Waters (345 snaps), DL Aeneas Peebles (443 snaps), ED RJ Oben (404 snaps), LB Dorian Mausi (387 snaps), CB Brandon Johnson (745 snaps), S Jaylen Stinson (767 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Riley Leonard (381 snaps) suffered a lower body injury that has kept him out since Week 9. QB Henry Belin IV is also out with an upper body injury. C Scott Elliott (428 snaps) has been out since Week 11. S Terry Moore (391 snaps) was injured in Week 11 and was limited to 7 snaps in Week 13.

Other News: With Leonard and Belin IV still out, freshman quarterback Grayson Loftis is expected to get a fourth straight start for Duke.

Former head coach Mike Elko accepted an offer to become Texas A&M’s new head coach. Former associate head coach and running backs coach Trooper Taylor was named the interim head coach.

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was hired as Duke’s new head coach.

After initially entering the transfer portal, RB Jaquez Moore (301 snaps) has withdrawn and will return to Duke next season.

Camellia Bowl – Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois

Arkansas State Red Wolves

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: DL Kadan Lewis (235 snaps), DL Ashtin Rustemeyer (104 snaps), LB Javante Mackey (739 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB J.T. Shrout (81 snaps) is out for the season and freshman Jaylen Raynor has been the starter. RB Zak Wallace (324 snaps) and C Jacob Bayer (697 snaps) missed the team’s regular season finale.

Other News:

Northern Illinois Huskies

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: WR Trey Urwiler (24 snaps), C Pete Nygra (772 snaps), ED George Gumbs (430 snaps), S Devin Lafayette (284 snaps), S CJ Brown (144 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Kacper Rutkiewicz (213 snaps) was lost to a season-ending injury in Week 6. WR Davis Patterson (335 snaps) has been out since Week 11 with an injury.

Other News: WR Trayvon Rudolph (466 snaps) will return after previously being in the transfer portal.

Armed Forces Bowl – James Madison vs. Air Force

James Madison Dukes

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Jordan McCloud (777 snaps), RB Ty Son Lawton (400 snaps), WR Elijah Sarratt (672 snaps), OT Tyler Stephens (816 snaps), ED Mikail Kamara (680 snaps), DL James Carpenter (736 snaps), LB Jailin Walker (432 snaps), LB Aiden Fisher (741 snaps), LB Taurus Jones (236 snaps), CB Chauncey Logan (676 snaps)

Player Injuries: ED Jalen Green (529 snaps, 15.5 sacks) suffered a season-ending knee injury during the team’s 42-14 win over Georgia State in Week 10. LT Tyshawn Watt (482 snaps) suffered a season-ending injury in Week 9.

Other News: Former head coach Curt Cignetti accepted an offer to be the new head coach at Indiana. Former offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan, defensive coordinator Bryant Haines, and quarterbacks coach Tina Sunseri will join him. Damian Wroblewski, James Madison’s offensive line coach and assistant head coach, will be the interim head coach for the bowl game.

QB Jordan McCloud has said he will play in the bowl game despite entering the transfer portal. Reports indicate all James Madison players in the portal will play, but I’ll update this page as we learn more.

Former Holy Cross head coach Bob Chesney will be James Madison’s new head coach next season.

Air Force Falcons

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: RB John Lee Eldridge (563 snaps), TE Caleb Rillos (638 snaps), OT Mason Carlan (367 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Zac Larrier has been out with a knee injury since the team’s 23-3 loss to Army on November 4, but he has been practicing and is ready to play according to head coach Troy Calhoun. In addition, Calhoun said FB Emmanuel Michel and CB Jerome Gaillard Jr. are expected to play.

WRs Dane Kinamon (309 snaps) and Jared Roznos (207 snaps) are considered questionable.

Other News:

Potato Bowl – Georgia State vs. Utah State

Georgia State Panthers

Opt-Outs: OT Travis Glover (802 snaps), C Avery Reece (813 snaps), ED Shamar McCollum (499 snaps), LB Jontrey Hunter (722 snaps)

Transfer Portal: RB Marcus Carroll (719 snaps), RB KZ Adams (82 snaps), WR Robert Lewis (759 snaps), WR Rico Arnold (45 snaps), OT Montavious Cunningham (743 snaps), CB Bryquice Brown (566 snaps), CB Tony McCray (68 snaps), S Jalen Tate (122 snaps)

Player Injuries:

Other News:

Utah State Aggies

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: S Devin Dye (627 snaps)

Player Injuries: CB Avante Dickerson (423 snaps) missed the team’s regular season finale.

Other News: Former Iowa QB Spencer Petras has transferred to Utah State. With QBs Cooper Legs and McCae Hillstead injured, Levi Williams (121 snaps) will get the start. CB Avante Dickerson (423 snaps) missed the team’s regular season finale.

68 Ventures Bowl – South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan

South Alabama Jaguars

Opt-Outs: RB La’Damian Webb (406 snaps)

Transfer Portal: WR Caullin Lacy (751 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Carter Bradley reaggravated a knee injury in the regular season finale against Texas State and has been splitting bowl practice reps with freshman Gio Lopez (90 snaps) and senior Desmond Trotter (71 snaps).

RB La’Damian Webb (406 snaps), TE Lincoln Sefcik (284 snaps), and LT Jordan Davis (513 snaps) missed the team’s regular season finale. RB Braylon McReynolds (99 snaps), is expected to get the start at RB.

Other News: South Alabama will be without its top two offensive skill players in RB La’Damian Webb and WR Caullin Lacy.

Eastern Michigan Eagles

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Austin Smith (707 snaps), TE Andreas Paaske (168 snaps), OG Zack Conti (624 snaps), ED Mikah Coleman (445 snaps), DL Alex Merritt (281 snaps)

Player Injuries:

Other News: With Smith entering the transfer portal, QB Ike Undengwu III could be in line to get his second start of the season.

Las Vegas Bowl – Utah vs. Northwestern

Utah Utes

Opt-Outs: WR Devaughn Vele (669 snaps), S Sione Vaki (677 snaps), S Cole Biship (587 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB Nate Johnson (249 snaps), QB Bryson Barnes (540 snaps), WR Mikey Matthews (345 snaps), WR Makai Cope (59 snaps), LB Justin Medlock (42 snaps), CB Faybian Marks (28 snaps), CB JaTravis Broughton (434 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Cam Rising, QB Brandon Rose, RB Micah Bernard, WR Mycah Pittman, TE Brant Kuithe, TE Thomas Yassmin, ED Logan Fano, and LB Lander Barton remain sidelined with injuries. ED Jonah Elliss (12 sacks) suffered a season-ending injury in Week 10.

Other News: QB Bryson Barnes has said he will play in the bowl game despite entering the transfer portal.

Northwestern Wildcats

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: OG Josh Priebe (764 snaps)

Player Injuries: S Coco Azema (365 snaps) missed the team’s final two games but is expected to be healthy in time for the bowl.

Other News: David Braun led Northwestern to a 7-5 record in the wake of Pat Fitzgerald’s dismissal just before the start of the season, and he was rewarded with a full-time offer as the team’s head coach.

Hawaii Bowl – Coastal Carolina vs. San Jose State

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Grayson McCall (471 snaps), QB Jarrett Guest (121 snaps), RB CJ Beasley (246 snaps), WR Jared Brown (507 snaps), WR Tyson Mobley (211 snaps) ED Braylon Ryan (369 snaps), LB JT Killen (563 snaps), CB Jahmar Brown (36 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Grayson McCall remains out after suffering a serious concussion in Week 8 against Arkansas State. CB Juan Powell (545 snaps) missed the team’s final two games.

Other News: With McCall and Guest in the transfer portal, expect third-string QB Ethan Vasko to get his fourth straight start.

San Jose State Spartans

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: OT Fernando Carmona (765 snaps), TE Dominick Mazotti (518 snaps), WR Branden Alvarez (50 snaps), S Elijah Wood (52 snaps)

Player Injuries:

Other News:

Quick Lane Bowl – Bowling Green vs. Minnesota

Bowling Green Falcons

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: RB Ta’ron Keith (373 snaps), RB Nick Mosley (10 snaps), TE Andrew Bench (241 snaps), CB Jalen Huskey (624 snaps), CB Deshawn Jones Jr. (197 snaps)

Player Injuries: RB Terion Stewart (186 snaps) and S Trent Simms (418 snaps) have been out since Week 10.

Other News:

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Opt-Outs: TE Brevyn Spann-Ford (716 snaps) is an opt-out to watch after accepting a Senior Bowl invite.

Transfer Portal: QB Athan Kaliakmanis (773 snaps), QB Drew Viotto (0 snaps), RB Zach Evans (89 snaps)

Player Injuries: RBs Zach Evans (89 snaps), Darius Taylor (183 snaps), and Bryce Williams (106 snaps) have remained out with injuries. Starters LB Maverick Baranowski (372 snaps) and S Darius Green (499 snaps) missed the team’s regular season finale, but LB Cody Lindenberg (180 snaps) returned after previously missing time.

Other News: With Kaliakmanis and Viotto entering the transfer portal, QB Cole Kramer is expected to get his first career start. S Tyler Nubin is an opt-out candidate to watch as a projected first-round NFL Draft pick.

Defensive coordinator Joe Rossi accepted an offer for the same role at Michigan State.

First Responder Bowl – Texas State vs. Rice

Texas State Bobcats

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: RB Calvin Hill (31 carries), S Ronnie Hamrick (118 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Joey Hobert (579 snaps) returned from a leg injury in Week 12 against Arkansas State. Starters OG Dorion Strawn (727 snaps) and WR Joey Hobert (579 snaps) were out for the team’s regular season finale. ED Chance Main (285 snaps) has been out since Week 11.

Other News:

Rice Owls

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal:

Player Injuries: QB JT Daniels (502 snaps) medically retired from football due to concussions. LB Chris Conti (359 snaps) has been out since Week 9.

Other News: QB AJ Padgett is expected to start with Daniels unavailable.

Guaranteed Rate Bowl – Kansas vs. UNLV

Kansas Jayhawks

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: WR Tanaka Scott (109 snaps), TE Will Huggins (18 snaps), DL Gage Keys (301 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Jalon Daniels has remained out with a back injury. Starting OT Bryce Cabeldue (688 snaps) missed the regular season finale while OG Michael Ford Jr. (698 snaps) left with an injury.

Other News: Former offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki has taken the same role at Penn State. QB Jason Bean is expected to get the start with Daniels still out.

UNLV Rebels

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: RB Courtney Reese (209 snaps), S Cameren Jenkins (381 snaps)

There have been rumors of QB Jayden Maiava entering the transfer portal, but it’s unclear if that’s actually the case.

Player Injuries: Starting S Jett Elad (578 snaps) missed the team’s conference championship game while S Cameren Jenkins (381 snaps) played just one snap.

Other News: Offensive coordinator Brennan Marion is drawing significant interest across the FBS.

Military Bowl – Tulane vs. Virginia Tech

Tulane Green Wave

Opt-Outs: QB Michael Pratt (706 snaps), WR Jha’Quan Jackson (314 snaps), OG Prince Pines (425 snaps), CB Jarius Monroe (754 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB Kai Horton (150 snaps), WR Chris Brazzell II (616 snaps), TE Alex Bauman (656 snaps), ED Devean Deal (488 snaps), ED Keith Cooper Jr. (599 snaps), ED Darius Hodges (401 snaps), LB Corey Platt Jr. (56 snaps), S DJ Douglas (652 snaps), S Kentrell Webb (179 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Lawrence Keys III (440 snaps) missed the final three games after suffering a foot injury in Week 11 against Tulsa.

Other News: Former Tulane head coach Willie Fritz was hired as Houston’s new head coach. Fritz will bring offensive coordinator Slade Nagle, defensive coordinator Shiel Wood, and multiple positional coaches with him to Houston. Nagle will be the interim coach for the bowl game before departing Tulane, but Wood is no longer on the coaching roster.

QB Michael Pratt will not play in this game as he is preparing for the NFL Draft. With Kai Horton in the portal, Tulane could be starting QB Justin Ibieta (39 career pass attempts). QB Kai Horton (150 snaps) has been practicing with the team despite entering the portal.

Virginia Tech Hokies

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: WR Da’Wain Lofton (190 snaps), TE Dae’Quan Wright (431 snaps), CB Derrick Canteen (395 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Ali Jennings II suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1 against Old Dominion. Starting safeties Nasir Peoples (257 snaps) and Jalen Stroman (384 snaps) will be out.

Other News: Lofton and Canteen are expected to still play in the bowl game despite entering the portal.

Duke’s Mayo Bowl – North Carolina vs. West Virginia

North Carolina Tar Heels

Opt-Outs: QB Drake Maye (909 snaps), WR Tez Walker (534 snaps), C Corey Gaynor (912 snaps), LB Cedric Gray (880 snaps), DL Myles Murphy (445 snaps)

Transfer Portal: WR Tychaun Chapman (75 snaps), WR Andre Greene Jr. (56 snaps), TE Kamari Morales (327 snaps), DT Kedrick Bingley-Jones (56 snaps), CB Tayon Holloway (349 snaps), DB D.J. Jones (198 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Bryson Nesbit (500 snaps), WR Kobe Paysour (281 snaps), TE John Copenhaver (513 snaps), CB Alijah Huzzie (727 snaps), and S Will Hardy (246 snaps) will miss the bowl game with injuries. WR Nate McCollum (368 snaps) missed the regular season finale with a lower body injury.

Other News: With Drake Maye entering the draft, Conner Harrell (6 career pass attempts) is expected to get the start. DL Myles Murphy is expected to play in the bowl game despite declaring for the NFL Draft.

West Virginia Mountaineers

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: RB Justin Johnson Jr. (127 snaps), WR Cortez Brahm (151 snaps), WR Jeremiah Aaron (55 snaps), WR Ja’Shaun Poke (29 snaps), DL Mike Lockhart (409 snaps), CB Andrew Wilson-Lamp (63 snaps), S Hershey McLaurin (302 snaps), S Lance Dixon (182 snaps)

Player Injuries: Leading WR Devin Carter (483 snaps) was limited to four snaps in the regular season finale. C Zach Frazier (806 snaps) will miss the bowl game after having surgery ahead of the NFL Draft.

Other News: Head coach Neal Brown was on the hot seat entering 2023, but he was retained after an impressive 8-4 season.

Holiday Bowl – Louisville vs. USC

Louisville Cardinals

Opt-Outs: RB Jawhar Jordan (439 snaps), WR Jamari Thrash (683 snaps)

Transfer Portal: ED Kameron Wilson (197 snaps), ED Ryheem Craig (27 snaps), LB Jackson Hamilton (55 snaps), S Josh Minkins (227 snaps)

Player Injuries:

Other News: S Cam’Ron Kelly (662 snaps) has declared for the NFL Draft but will play in the bowl.

USC Trojans

Opt-Outs: QB Caleb Williams (761 snaps), RB MarShawn Lloyd (398 snaps), WR Brenden Rice (469 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB Malachi Nelson (4 snaps), RB Darwin Barlow (22 snaps), WR Mario Williams (266 snaps), WR Michael Jackson (206 snaps), WR Raleek Brown (24 snaps), TE Jude Wolfe (65 snaps), ED Korey Foreman (25 snaps), DL De’jon Benton (223 snaps), LB Tackett Curtis (355 snaps), LB Chris Thompson (13 snaps), CB Domani Jackson (668 snaps)

Player Injuries: Starting OL Jarrett Kingston (668 snaps) missed the regular season finale

Other News: With Williams not playing in this game and Nelson entering the transfer portal, expect Miller Moss to get the start at QB.

Texas Bowl – Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State

Texas A&M Aggies

Opt-Outs: WR Ainias Smith (559 snaps), OG Layden Robinson (691 snaps), DL McKinnley Jackson (430 snaps), LB Edgerrin Cooper (609 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB Max Johnson (424 snaps), WR Evan Stewart (403 snaps), WR Raymond Cottrell (21 snaps), TE Jake Johnson (449 snaps), OL Chase Bisontis (544 snaps), OL Remington Strickland (43 snaps), DL Walter Nolen (365 snaps), ED Fadil Diggs (466 snaps), CB Tyreek Chappell (488 snaps), CB Deuce Harmon (394 snaps), CB Kent Robinson (20 snaps), S Bryce Anderson (545 snaps), S Jardin Gilbert (75 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Connor Weigman suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 4. OG Layden Robinson (691 snaps) missed the regular season finale. CB Josh DeBerry (442 snaps) missed most of the final three games.

Other News: With Johnson entering the transfer portal and Wiegman out for the season, former Fresno State transfer Jaylen Henderson is expected to get his third straight start.

Former Duke head coach Mike Elko was hired as the new Texas A&M head coach. Elijah Robinson, who had been serving as Texas A&M’s interim head coach in the wake of Jimbo Fisher’s firing, took the defensive coordinator job at Syracuse, but AD Ross Bjork said Robinson will remain the interim coach for the bowl game.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: RB Jaden Nixon (153 snaps), WR Jaden Bray (485 snaps), WR Blaine Green (193 snaps)

Player Injuries:

Other News: RB Ollie Gordon II announced he will be back at Oklahoma State next season, so we can expect him to play in this bowl game.

Fenway Bowl – SMU vs. Boston College

SMU Mustangs

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: TE Nolan Matthews-Harris (127 snaps)

Player Injuries: QB Preston Stone suffered a season-ending leg injury against Navy on November 25. Starting RT Hyrin White has been out since Week 11, but RG Justin Osborne moved outside and has been successful.

Other News: With Stone out for the rest of the season, Kevin Jennings is expected to get his second career start after leading SMU to a victory in the AAC Championship game. Head coach Rhett Lashlee agreed to a multi-year contract extension.

Boston College Eagles

Opt-Outs:

Transfer Portal: QB Emmett Morehead (55 snaps), RB Pat Garwo III (158 snaps), RB Cam Barfield (56 snaps), WR Jaden Williams (159 snaps), WR Taji Johnson (130 snaps), CB CJ Clinkscales (173 snaps), CB Alex Washington (64 snaps), ED Shitta Sillah (182 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Ryan O’Keefe (204 snaps), TE George Takacs (421 snaps), LB Jaylen Blackwell (131 snaps), CB Elijah Jones (524 snaps), and S Cole Watson (544 snaps) all suffered season-ending injuries. CB Jalen Cheek (367 snaps) missed the team’s regular season finale.

Other News:

Pinstripe Bowl – Rutgers vs. Miami

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Opt-Outs: CB Max Melton (622 snaps)

Transfer Portal: OT Kamar Missouri (213 snaps), OG Mike Ciafonni (118 snaps)

Player Injuries: OT Tyler Needham (92 snaps), LB Tyreem Powell (371 snaps), and TE Johnny Langan (558 snaps) suffered season-ending injuries.

Other News: RB Kyle Monangai is returning to Rutgers for another season.

Miami Hurricanes

Opt-Outs: OG Javion Cohen (771 snaps), C Matt Lee (792 snaps), DT Leonard Taylor (341 snaps), S Kamren Kinchens (638 snaps), S James Williams (730 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB Tyler Van Dyke (660 snaps), RB Donald Chaney Jr. (169 snaps), WR Colbie Young (599 snaps), TE Jaleel Skinner (25 snaps), ED Jahfari Harvey (313 snaps), ED Chantz Williams (127 snaps), ED Cyrus Moss (27 snaps), LB Corey Flagg Jr. (392 snaps)

Player Injuries: CB Daryl Porter Jr. (447 snaps) has been out since Week 10.

Other News: QB Jacurri Brown will get his first action of the 2023 season with Tyler Van Dyke in the transfer portal and Emory Williams out for the year.

Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State

NC State Wolfpack

Opt-Outs: LB Payton Wilson (716 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB MJ Morris (236 snaps), RB Michael Allen (190 snaps), RB Jordan Houston (91 snaps), WR Porter Rooks (286 snaps), WR Terrell Timmons Jr. (216 snaps), WR Anthony Smith (93 snaps), TE Christopher Toudle (137 snaps), C Lyndon Cooper (311 snaps), DL C.J. Clark (451 snaps), S Cecil Powell (43 snaps)

Player Injuries:

Other News: QB Brennan Armstrong is expected to get the start with Morris in the transfer portal.

Kansas State Wildcats

Opt-Outs: WR Phillip Brooks (756 snaps), TE Ben Sinnott (769 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB Will Howard (784 snaps), QB Jake Rubley (7 snaps), RB Treshaun Ward (332 snaps), RB Anthony Frias (41 snaps), WR RJ Garcia II (231 snaps), WR Xavier Loyd (45 snaps), ED Nate Matlack (324 snaps), CB Will Lee III (453 snaps), CB Jordan Wright (60 snaps), S Kobe Savage (711 snaps)

Player Injuries: DT Uso Seumalo (413 snaps) was seen on crutches during the regular season finale. LBs Jake Clifton (227 snaps), Daniel Green (157 snaps), and Asa Newsom (41 snaps) have all suffered season-ending injuries.

Other News: With Howard entering the transfer portal, freshman quarterback Avery Johnson (133 snaps) is expected to start in the bowl game. Offensive coordinator Collin Klein will be the new OC at Texas A&M. OG Cooper Beebee is a potential opt-out to watch.

Alamo Bowl – Oklahoma vs. Arizona

Oklahoma Sooners

Opt-Outs: OT Tyler Guyton (663 snaps), C Andrew Raym (874 snaps)

Transfer Portal: QB Dillon Gabriel (839 snaps), RB Tawee Walker (252 snaps), RB Marcus Major (215 snaps), RB Daylan Smothers (33 snaps), OG Cayden Green (568 snaps), OG Savion Byrd (181 snaps), OG Nate Anderson (36 snaps), DL Kelvin Gilliam (47 snaps), S Key Lawrence (398 snaps)

Player Injuries: WR Andrel Anthony (215 snaps) suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 6.

Other News: Five-star true freshman QB Jackson Arnold will get the start for Oklahoma with Dillon Gabriel entering the transfer portal. He has completed 18 of 24 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Former offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby accepted an offer to become the new Mississippi State head coach. Seth Littrell, formerly the North Texas head coach, spent this season as an offensive analyst and was promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Star LB Danny Stutsman (654 snaps) and S Billy Bowman (713 snaps) announced that they will return for next season.

Arizona Wildcats

Opt-Outs: LT Jordan Morgan (787 snaps)

Transfer Portal: ED Orin Patu (24 snaps), S Isaiah Taylor (146 snaps)

Player Injuries: RB DJ Williams (147 snaps) suffered a knee injury in Week 12 and is considered questionable. S Martell Irby (241 snaps) missed the team’s final two games.

Other News: WR Jacob Cowing accepted a Senior Bowl invite but has said he’s playing in this bowl game. Sophomore Joseph Boron (175 snaps) will get the start at left tackle with Morgan opting out.

After finishing 8th in the preseason Pac-12 poll, head coach Jedd Fisch led Arizona to a 9-3 record as they finished 3rd in the conference’s final season. Fisch also led the team to its first bowl game in six years.

I've been a huge sports fan for as long as I can remember and I've always loved writing. In 2020, I joined the Lineups team, and I've been producing written and video content on football and basketball ever since. In May 2021, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in sport management. My goal is to tell enthralling stories and provide meaningful insight on the sports I write about while helping you cash some bets along the way.

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