Exciting College Bowl Games To Bet On This Weekend
The bowl season will kick off with some fun matchups
Bowl season is officially here! While the big-time matchups are approaching, here are some exciting betting opportunities to take advantage of this weekend.
Liberty (7-5) vs. Georgia Southern (7-5)
GASU -4.5, O/U 58, Saturday 12/21, 2:30pm EST
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The Liberty Flames (7-5) will take on the Georgia Southern Eagles (7-5) in the Cure Bowl at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL on Saturday. Georgia Southern is listed as the favorite in this matchup and the over/under has hovered right under 60 points. These two teams have performed similarly this year. Both have gone 7-5 SU and Liberty has gone 6-6 ATS while Georgia Southern has gone 5-6-1 ATS. The over has hit in half of the Flames’ games and in two thirds of the Eagles’ games.
Liberty’s offense put up points against Power 5 schools (34 points against Rutgers and 27 against Virginia) and also narrowly lost to BYU on the road. Georgia Southern’s option offense nearly took down Minnesota (35-32) early in the season and they’re the only FBS team to not throw a single interception all season (due to their style of play). Will Liberty be able to contain the option and will Georgia Southern be able to slow down Liberty’s solid traditional offense? Read our full preview and prediction here!
SMU (10-2) vs. Florida Atlantic (10-3)
SMU -3.5, O/U 70, Saturday 12/21, 3:30pm EST
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The SMU Mustangs (10-2) will take on the Florida Atlantic Owls (10-3) in what will be a home game for FAU in the Boca Raton Bowl on Saturday. Nonetheless, SMU is listed at the slight favorite against FAU, who will be playing this game without head coach Lane Kiffin, who recently moved on to Ole Miss. The point total has hovered right around 70 points in what’s projected to be a high-scoring affair. After starting the year 8-0, SMU has gone 2-2 in their last four contests and both of their losses came by single-digits on the road (54-48 to Memphis on 11/2, 35-28 to Navy on 11/23). SMU ranks 6th in the FBS in scoring (43.0 points per game), amassed 309.3 passing yards per game (12th) and managed 185.9 rushing yards per contest (41st) in what was an overall dynamic offense that ranked 9th in the nation (495.3 total yards per game).
Unlike SMU, FAU got off to a slow start and then rebounded. After getting off to a 0-2 start following losses to Ohio State and UCF, they won 10 of their last 11 contests and just beat down UAB by the score of 49-6 in the Conference USA championship game. Like SMU, Florida Atlantic showed the ability to put up points in bunches at times this season, scoring over 30 points ten times and over 40 points six times in their last 11 contests. As a whole, FAU ranks 16th in the FBS in scoring (35.2 points per game), amassed 278.7 passing yards per game (30th) and accumulated 164.3 rushing yards per contest (63rd) in an above-average offense that ranked 33rd with 443.0 total yards per game. Read our full preview and prediction here!
No. 20 Appalachian State (12-1) vs. UAB (9-4)
ASU -16.5, O/U 48, Saturday 12/21, 9:00pm EST
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The No. 20 Appalachian State Mountaineers (12-1) will take on the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers (9-4) in the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on 12/21/19. Appalachian State is listed as a large favorite in this contest, had an impressive regular season and repeated as Sun Belt Champions following their 45-38 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. The Mountaineers’ only loss came against Georgia Southern (24-21) back on Halloween. UAB had a solid year as well, but were absolutely demolished by FAU in the Conference USA Championship (49-6). The over/under has hovered just under 50 points due to the elite nature of both defenses. On the season, UAB went 7-5 ATS while Appalachian State went 9-4 ATS.
Appalachian State ranked 42nd out of 130 teams in the FBS in total yards (435.5 per game) and scored 62 touchdowns this season, averaging an impressive 39.4 points per contest (9th). Defensively, they also had a strong year, as evidenced by the fact that they ranked 27th in total defense (335.9 yards allowed per game) and 22nd in scoring defense (20.2 points allowed per contest). UAB ranked 105th in total yards (352.9 per game) and scored 34 touchdowns this season, averaging 23.6 points per contest (100th). Defensively, UAB ranked 9th in total defense (294.1 yards allowed per game) and 26th in scoring defense (20.8 points allowed per contest). Defensively, these two teams performed similarly, but the Blazers’ offense did not create nearly as much firepower as Appalachian State’s. Will Appalachian State be able to cover? Read our full preview and prediction here!