Free Bahamas Bowl Prediction: Blue Raiders vs Broncos Odds
College football betting on the 2015 Bahamas Bowl sees the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders taking on the Western Michigan Broncos Thursday December 24th at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, Nassau. Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
2015 Bahamas Bowl
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-5) vs. Western Michigan Broncos (7-5)
Date: Thursday, December 24
Time: 12 :00PM
Venue: Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, Nassau
NCAA Football Spread: Western Michigan -3
NCAA Betting Total: 62.5
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Even though there has been just one Popeyes Bahamas Bowl in the history of college football, it’s going to be tough for Middle Tennessee and Western Michigan to top last years rendition.
The Central Michigan Chippewas and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers saw a 49-14 lead blown in the 4th quarter and an 8 plus lateral play with 1 second to go, followed by a failed two point conversion to end the game.
Don’t think these two teams can’t provide similar entertainment though. Both have the ability to put points on the board and will come with extreme motivation in this one.
The Blue Raiders used their young freshman QB to propel them through C-USA as they finished 7-5 and can consider this season a success with a win over WMU here.
Middle Tennessee finished the season on a 4 game winning streak, including a win over Marshall to solidify their spot in a bowl game.
Freshman QB Brent Stockstill set the C-USA freshman passing record with with 3678 yards. He led a team that averaged 34.2 points and that won their last two games by a combined 69 points.
The Blue Raiders defense was the reason behind their early season struggles. MTSU stood tall down the stretch of the season as they allowed their final 2 opponents to score just 14 points combined.
Since the 2006 season, MTSU has made 5 bowl games and their last bowl win came in the New Orleans Bowl in 2009.
The Broncos had their chances to win the MAC West this year, but a major slip down the stretch of the season was the reason for their dismay.
Still, the Broncos finished the season off in style as they beat the Toledo Rockets, in Toledo, to ruin their chances at the MAC West Title.
The Broncos offer a balanced attack that sat 2nd in the MAC. Junior quarterback Zach Terrell was one of the best QBs as he offered a solid variety of down field attacks thanks in large part to his receivers.
WRs Daniel Braverman and Corey Davis were the first duo of receivers to go for 1100 yards each since 2012. Combined, the receivers had 23 touchdowns to their credit.
Overall, the Broncos offense averaged 35.2 yards per game.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Blue Raiders are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Blue Raiders are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games.
- Blue Raiders are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in December.
- Western Michigan Broncos are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
- Broncos are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up win.
Free Bahamas Bowl NCAA Football Prediction
It’s safe to say things would have to go haywire to see the same kind of ending as last year.
Still, both teams have the ability to make this game fun. Look for both teams to pull out some trickery, with this one going either way.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Western Michigan ATS
With the way the Broncos can hit the deep ball, they offer a bit more of a threat here. Expect them to go down field a lot and pick on the Blue Raiders secondary.
2015 Bahamas Bowl Free Score Prediction: Western Michigan 47 – Middle Tennessee 37
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