Free Dollar General Bowl Prediction: Bulls vs Trojans Odds
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College Football Handicapping: 2018 Dollar General Bowl
(10-3) Buffalo Bulls vs. Troy Trojans (9-3)
Date: Saturday, December 22nd 2018
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
NCAA Football Spread: Buffalo -2.5
NCAA Betting Total: 53.5
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Saturday, December 22nd brings you the 19th annual Dollar General Bowl between the Buffalo Bulls and the Troy Trojans live from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
Both of these teams were losers in their regular season finales as Buffalo lost by one point to Northern Illinois 30-29, and Troy lost by 11 to Appalachian State 21-10.
Buffalo finished the season in first place in the Mid-American conference with a 7-1 record (10-3 overall), before losing in the Conference Championship game back on November 30th. Despite their great record, the Bulls ended up losing two out of their last three games and will hope to win one more game to end the season with.
The Bulls ran a pretty balanced offense this year, averaging 222 yards through the air and 196 on the ground per game, which led to them scoring an average of 34.8 points per game. On the other side of the ball they allowed their opponents as much leisure as they had themselves, even though they only gave up an average of 24.7 points against per game. It doesn’t matter how many yards you give up, as long as you stop them before they get into the end zone.
Buffalo tallied 394 total yards against Northern Illinois in the loss, but the biggest number in that game was the rush defense. The Bulls only allowed the Huskies to gain 109 yards on 34 carries on the day. A really good stat especially since Troy comes in averaging 178.9 rushing yards per game.
Troy had won four games in a row before their loss to Appalachian State, which was their only Conference loss on the year, and spoiled their chances of playing in the Sun Belt Conference Championship game.
The Trojans weren’t a very high scoring team in 2018, but they got the job done more often than, scoring an average of 29.8 points per game. It was their defense that really stepped up to the plate this year, holding opponents to 21.2 points per game on average, and giving up seven or less points three times on the year.
One of the reasons they lost so bad to Appalachian State was the fact that they were never able to get their ground game working for them, something they will have to figure out early in this game if they want to win. They got only 53 yards on 28 carries for an average of 1.9 yards per carry. That won’t win you too many games, no matter how good your passing game is. Controlling the clock will need to be a focus against this Bulls team.
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- This is the first ever meeting between these two schools
- Bulls are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games
- Trojans are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games
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Both of these teams like to air it out, so this should be a really fun game to watch. The difference maker will be the defense of Troy. Will they be able to withstand the high powered Buffalo offense? I guess we will see.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Troy +2.5. Free ATS or O/U final score pick provided below!
Defense wins nine times out of 10 in football, and I think that Troy learned their lesson in their last game against Appalachian State that you have to control the clock as well as try and shut down your opponent. Look for a very different Trojans team in this game.
Take Troy to win this game, it is, after all, essentially a home game for them. The distance between Troy and Mobile is only 144 miles, so you will see a lot of Trojans fans in the seats. Take the UNDER as well in this one.
Dollar General Bowl Free Score Prediction: Troy 27 – Buffalo 24
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