Before the College Football Playoff, numerous exciting bowl games are on the horizon. James Madison, in its first year as an FBS program, was initially deemed ineligible for a bowl game due to its transition from an FCS program to an FBS program, despite an 11-1 record. However, they are now a 3-point favorite against Air Force in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

Why It Matters

The eligibility and success of new programs like James Madison in the college football landscape could signal a shift in the traditional power dynamics of the sport, challenging established norms and creating new opportunities for emerging teams.

By the Numbers
  • James Madison is a 3-point favorite against Air Force in the college football bowl odds via SportsLine consensus for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
  • South Florida (+3.5) is a top college football pick recommended by Vegas handicapper Bruce Marshall for the 2023 Boca Raton Bowl.
What's Next

It will be interesting to see how the performance of new programs like James Madison and emerging teams like South Florida in bowl games could impact their future rankings and standing in college football.