NCAA football wagering fans were also surprised at the late run of the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders as they are also a surprise college football betting bowl commodity.
Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, AL will host the GoDaddy.com Bowl between the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the Miami-OH Redhawks on January 6 with a telecast on ESPN set for 8 PM ET. Sports-Gambling opened with GoDaddy.com Bowl odds of Miami-OH -1.5 with a total of 48.
Miami-OH has a record of 9-4 straight up and 8-5 with the college football odds as they went under the total in 11 of their 13 games. Miami-OH is coming off a 26-21 win over Northern Illinois in the Mid American Conference Championship Game and is riding a 5 game winning streak with 4 payouts out of the 5 wins.
Miami was sparked in the MAC title game by backup quarterback Austin Boucher’s 333 yards passing with 1 TD along with Armand Robinson’s 176 yards receiving and Thomas Merriweather’s 85 yards rushing with 2 TD’s.
Boucher is likely to start the bowl game as regular starting QB Zac Dysert has a stomach ailment. Miami’s defense was solid this year and ranked 39th nationally with strong performances down the stretch run to the league title.
Middle Tennessee overcame an early season suspension to QB Dwight Dasher and won their final 3 games of the season to finish with a NCAA football betting record of 6-6 straight up and 4-8 against the spread with just 3 of their games going over the total. Middle Tennessee finished 2nd in the Sun Belt Conference.
The Blue Raiders are a strong running team led by Phillip Tanner’s 852 yards and 5.7 yards per carry average with 11 TD’s while Dasher had 453 yards to rank 2nd on the team. Dasher also completed 57% of his passes for 1377 yards and had an erratic 6/14 TD/INT ratio. Middle Tennessee beat Florida International 28-27 for a road payout to earn the bowl berth.
Middle Tennessee has covered just 1 of their last 5 NCAA football wagering non conference matchups while Miami-OH is just 4-12 against the spread as a favorite. Middle has paid out in 20 of their last 28 games that followed a straight up win.