Free Heart of Dallas Bowl Prediction: Huskies vs Golden Eagles Odds
College football betting on the 2015 Heart of Dallas Bowl sees the Washington Huskies taking on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles Saturday December 26th at Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
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Washington Huskies (6-6) vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles (9-4)
Date:Saturday, December 26th
Time: 2:20 PM
Venue: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Washington 8.5
NCAA Betting Total: 55.5
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Although it took a lot of work, the Huskies will make their 6th straight bowl appearance when they take on Southern Miss in the Heart of Texas Bowl.
Washington knocked off Oregon State and rival Washington State en route to completing a 6 win season and becoming bowl eligible.
Southern Miss had a surprisingly good season that came to an end in the C-USA Championship in a loss to Western Kentucky.
Washington’s success, especially over the last two games, can be directed at their defense.
The Huskies had one of the best defenses, not just in the PAC-12, but in the whole nation. Washington ranked in the top 30 in the FBS in regards to points against as they allowed only 17.8 per game. In terms of yards, they allowed 349.9 and had a success rate in the red zone of 77.8 percent.
Leading the defense was two All Pac-12 first teamers in cornerback Sidney Jones and safety Budda Baker.
Offensively, Washington was very inconsistent at times. They scored just 29.5 points per game, which doesn’t bode well when you have a lot of top offenses in the Pac-12. The Huskies were certainly a run first kind of team.
Freshman RB Myles Gaskin rushed for 1121 yards and 10 touchdowns, which were both Washington freshmen records. Over his final 8 games, the freshman averaged 5.6 yards per carry and rumbled for over 900 yards on the ground. Look for him to easily be the gamechanger here.
Southern Mississippi should be very pleased with the year they had. Having a chance to grab a 10 win season after some of the struggles they’ve endured throughout the past couple season would be incredible for them.
The Golden Eagles won the West in C-USA, but fell to Western Kentucky in the championship. QB Nick Mullens had quite the successful season for the Golden Eagles, but was absolutely closed down in the title game throwing for just 181 yards and 3 interceptions.
Mullens led an offense that averaged 40.6 points per game and saw them score 50 plus 5 times this season. For Mullens, he and the Golden Eagles offense broke records completions (312), total offensive yards (6,758), passing yards (4,263), touchdowns (67), and points (528).
WR Casey Martin was his most dangerous and biggest playmaker out wide. Martin had 74 receptions for 855 yards and had 7 TDs to his credit.
Southern Miss was the most improved FBS team from last season as they had just 3 wins last season, to their 9 this year.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in December.
- Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Huskies are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games on fieldturf.
- Golden Eagles are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December.
- Golden Eagles are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game
Free Heart of Dallas Bowl NCAA Football Prediction
Southern Miss has the real potential to pull off an upset here. Washington did win two in a row to close the year out, but they struggle when they’re forced to pass.
Southern Miss will need to slow the run game down and not let Gaskin get into any rhythm early here.
If they can do that and force Washington to pass, things could go south real quick for the Huskies.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Southern Miss ATS
Calling for an outright upset here. This is bowl season, teams are motivated and Southern Miss is extremely happy to be here after the way things have gone for them.
2015 Heart of Dallas Bowl Free Score Prediction: Southern Miss 34 – Washington 26
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