Free Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Prediction: Panthers vs Owls Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
(8-4) FIU Panthers vs. Temple Owls (6-6)
Date: Thursday, December 21st
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Temple Owls -7
NCAA Betting Total: 56
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It’s a busy bowl schedule but there are a few days that only have one bowl game, and that is the case on Thursday December 21st.
It’s the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl in St. Petersburg Florida when the Temple Owls and the FIU Panthers face off.
On paper these teams are very similar and should make for a very good game. This is the first game played between the two teams in their history.
The FIU Panthers had a nice season this year but they didn’t get a lot of respect from the national media as much as they probably should have.
They won their last two games, and they were underdogs in both games but were able to pull out victories after strong offensive performances.
They averaged 52 points in the final game, which was a big change for a team that is averaging 27.8 points per game.
For the Panthers their biggest problem all year has been being consistent. They won two games to end the season they shouldn’t have probably won, but they have also lost games to teams like Old Dominion, a game they were favored by ten points against.
To win this game it’s going to start with a good performance by Alex McGough who has looked good at times this season, but in other games has really struggled.
The defense also needs to show up big in this game. Although they won the last two games, the defense really struggled in those two games.
If they want to go home with a Bowl win, they need to be physical on that side of the ball, and really try to set a tone early.
For the Temple Owls it took a win in their last game over the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes to punch their ticket to get into a bowl game.
After a coaching change in the off season the Owls got off to a pretty slow start, but finished the season strong winning three of the last four games. They also were able to cover the spread in all three of the victories.
During the beginning of the season they were playing some good football, but they couldn’t close out games and make plays down the stretch to win the game.
One thing to watch in this game is who gets the start at quarterback. Logan Marchi has missed the last four games with a lower body injury, and is officially questionable for this game.
If he isn’t able to go it will fall on the shoulders of Frank Nutile who has filled in pretty well in his absence. He has had a little issue with throwing interceptions so he will have to clean that up.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- TEM are 9-3 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Under is 8-3 in TEM last 11 games as a favorite.
- Under is 5-2-1 in FIU last 8 games in December.
Free Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl NCAA Football Pick
Both of these teams have played in a lot of close games so far this year, and I think that will be the case again in this game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: FIU Panthers +7
The Owls are seven point favorites, and although I think they will win, they aren’t seven points better. The Owls will win this game, but the Panthers will cover the spread.
*Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Free Score Prediction: Temple 27 – FIU 24
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