Bahamas Bowl NCAAF Betting Odds & Preview

Posted by Aaron . on December 22, 2015 in

Expect a shootout this Christmas Eve (noon Eastern time), when Middle Tennessee and Western Michigan take the field at Nassau’s Thomas Robinson Stadium for the second Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl NCAAF betting odds. Both teams average over 34 points per game, so this could turn into a real track meet. The over/under total (no surprise) is a whopping 60 points, with Western Michigan favored by three points.

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Why should you pick Western Michigan (-3)?

The Broncos are looking to complete an eight-win season for the second year in a row, for the first time in school history. All of their defeats this year came at the hands of teams that either finished with just one loss on the season (Michigan State and Ohio State) or who went to a conference title game (Georgia Southern, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois). Their offense has a solid game led by Zack Terrell, who threw 27 touchdown passes and rolled up 3,229 yards through the air. The running back is solid (#36 among FBS teams), averaging 4.9 yards per carry with the work of tailbacks Jamauri Bogans (836 yards, 12 scores) and Jarvion Franklin (699 yards, five scores).

Western Michigan will face Middle Tennessee.

Why should you pick Middle Tennessee (+3)?

The Western Michigan defense is not as good as the offense, ranking #77 in scoring defense and #80 in yards permitted. Middle Tennessee has gone 5-1 in the second half of the season, and freshman quarterback Brent Stockstill has thrown for 3,678 yards, a freshman record at the school and in Conference USA. Their defense is also a little shaky, but they average 34.3 points per game, making them a threat to put the Broncos in a hole early.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Western Michigan’s resume is a little stronger than Middle Tennessee’s. It’s true that the Blue Raiders finished with five wins in six games, but they also got to play such schools as Florida Atlantic (3-9), UT-San Antonio (3-9) and North Texas (1-11) in that stretch, so they haven’t been tested like the Broncos have. I like Western Michigan to win 28-17.