Free NCAA Football Prediction: Mustangs vs. Cavaliers Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Bowl Game
(8-4) SMU Mustangs vs. Virginia Cavaliers (6-6)
Date: Saturday, December 29th, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM EST
Venue: Fenway Stadium, Boston, Massachusetts
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: SMU +2.5 / UVA -2.5 (Bet Now!)
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Mustangs +105 / Cavaliers -125
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 70.5
Two of the strongest aerial attacks in the nation will collide when the SMU Mustangs and the Virginia Cavaliers meet in this year’s Fenway Bowl from Boston.
Virginia is favored by 2 points here.
Virginia Tech fell below .500 with a road loss to Miami last weekend. The Hokies had a miserable game on both sides of the ball, and after trailing by 15 at haftime, they eventually lost 38-26.
Tanner Mordecai transferred in from Oklahoma and thrived as a first-year starter. The 6’3 quarterback threw for 3,628 passing yards with an impressive 39 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions this year, and he added 202 rushing yards and a pair of scores on the ground.
Tre Siggers and Ullyses Bentley IV have split the touches effectively this season. Siggers leads the team with 727 rushing yards and ten total touchdowns, while Bentley IV finished the regular season with 610 yards and four scores on the ground.
Rashee Rice has been Mordecai’s most reliable threat outside. The junior wideout has caught five or more passes in seven of SMU’s last eight games, and he leads the team with 64 receptions and nine touchdown catches. Deep-threat Danny Gray leads the Mustangs with 803 receiving yards.
UVA walked into the final stretch of the season 6-2 with New Years Bowl aspirations, but a gauntlet that featured BYU, Notre Dame, Pitt and Virginia Tech would abruptly alter those. Instead the Wahoos walk into Fenway Park for head coach Bronco Mendenhall’s final game at the game.
Brennan Armstrong made huge strides in the Air Raid this season. The junior quarterback broke over a handful of single-season passing records, and he led the ACC with 4,449 passing yards with 31 touchdowns to ten interceptions, and nine rushing scores.
Virginia has a nice arsenal of skill players that fuel a special arsenal attack this season. Dontayvion Wicks leads the team in receiving with 1,203 yards and 9 touchdowns. Billy Kemp IV has been very steady out of the slot and leads the team in catches (67), while gaining 640 yards and catching six touchdowns.
Swiss-army knife Keytaon Thompson is one of the most versatile players in the country. He’s caught 77 passes, and gained 1,200 yards from scrimmage (973 rec, 247 rush) this season. Wayne Taulapapa leads the team in scoring with 324 rushing yards and two scores.
Free Bowl Game NCAA Football Pick
We should see a lot of points here, but I really like the Cavs sending off Bronco on a high note.
4* Free Bowl Game NCAA Betting Pick: UVA to Win
UVA had so much promise in a wide open conference, but aggressive scheduling and an arch rival really put a dent in things. Both teams struggle defensively, but thrive stretching the field, so the over will surely be in play, but it feels like a game Virginia has to bring home to stop the bleeding and end what was a strong tenure for Mendenhall well.
Take the Cavaliers ML at Fenway.
4* Free Bowl Game NCAA Betting Pick: Virginia (-125)
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