GoDaddy Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green NCAAF Betting Preview

Posted by Aaron . on December 22, 2015 in

This NCAAF betting Wednesday, two teams getting new coaches and sporting high-octane offenses take the field in the GoDaddy Bowl at 8:00pm Eastern time at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, in Mobile, Alabama. Bowling Green has interim head coach Brian Ward at the helm, and Georgia Southern also saw their head coach depart for a more upscale job in the NCAA. However, the running attack of Georgia Southern and the passing attack of Bowling Green should make this fun to watch. Bowling Green is favored by 7.5 points, and the over/under total is 66 points.

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Why should you pick Bowling Green (-7.5)?

Matt Johnson is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, throwing for 4,700 yards and 43 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. Four different receivers have caught at least 56 balls, led by Roger Lewis (82 receptions, 1476 yards, 15 scores). However, they do have a solid ground option in Travis Greene, who has picked up 1,220 yards while averaging 5.7 yards per attempt and scoring 14 touchdowns this year. Bowling Green could have been even better than 10-2, but they had some letdowns in their losses to Memphis and Toledo.

Bowling Green will face Georgia Southern.

 

Why should you pick Georgia Southern (+7.5)?

The Eagles have only thrown the ball 129 times this year, and they haven’t gained a total of 1,000 yards through the air. However, the fact that their rushing offense averages 6.5 yards per attempt and has a nation-best 4,267 yards on the ground with 47 touchdowns, it’s not hard to see why they don’t want to drop back and throw the ball. Their best rusher, Matt Breida, has 188 carries for 1,540 yards and 16 scores. That’s an average of 8.2 yards per carry, so he almost gets a first down every time he touches the ball. They have six different running backs with carries, and none averages less than 5.0 yards per attempt. This is a team that took the Georgia Bulldogs to overtime. Bowling Green will have to figure out how to stop the run if they want to win, let alone cover.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Bowling Green has a solid running defense and should have a chip on its shoulder with the way this season ended. I like them to win this, 28-17, and cover.