NCAA football gambling handicappers also think highly of the Troy Trojans as one of the most respected Sun Belt Conference programs with the NCAA odds.
ESPN will telecast the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl between the Ohio Bobcats and Troy Trojans on Saturday, December 18 with a starting time of 9 PM ET. The Louisiana Superdome is the site for this one and Sports Gambling opened with R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl odds of Troy -1.5.
Ohio has a record of 8-4 both straight up and with the college football odds as they finished in 2nd place in the Mid American Conference East Division.
The Bobcats went over the total in 8 games. Solich has led a remarkable turnaround at Ohio as the program was one of the worst in America but now contends annually for the MAC title and is a consistent bowl team.
Solich wins at Ohio the way he won at Nebraska with a power running game that ranked 41st in the country and a strong defense that ranked 21st overall in the nation. The rush attack is a committee that is led by Vince Davidson who had 509 yards on the ground.
Ohio had a 7 game winning streak snapped in a season ending 28-6 loss at Kent State which cost them the division title.
Troy has a NCAA football wagering mark of 7-5 straight up and 4-8 against the spread with an even 6-6 split on over/unders. The Trojans finished in a first place tie with Florida International in the Sun Belt Conference and are riding a 2 game winning/payout streak after their 44-7 blowout win at Florida Atlantic.
Troy ranks an impressive 24th in the country for total offense and 12th in passing as Corey Robinson threw for 3339 yards. The defense is a weakness, however, as they rank 94th overall.
Troy demonstrated the ability to be a dangerous team against top ranked talent as they gave the #14 Oklahoma State Cowboys a scare in a 41-38 road loss and cover in week 2.
This is an outstanding mid-major bowl matchup of two respected teams with NCAA football gambling handicappers that will likely come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes.