We are almost at the end of what has been a very strange year in the world of sports. Cancellations and games played without any fans in attendance have become the new normal, although we hope that this current situation will not spill too far over into 2021. The good news for fans is that we can still watch games on TV and wager on the action that is taking place. As is always the case at this time of the year, we are deep into college football bowl season, with the playoffs right around the corner. There are some big games to come over the next week or so and we are going to hit as many of those as possible. Let’s finish off 2020 by taking a look at the Armed Forces Bowl, which will see Tulsa and Mississippi State square off. The bookies see this as a close one, with Tulsa in as a 2-point favorite. The point total is set at 45 ½. Let’s have a look at this affair so you can make your bets against their NCAAF odds.
2020 Armed Forces Bowl – Tulsa Vs Mississippi State
- When: Thursday, December 31 at 12 PM EST
- Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth
- TV: ESPN
- NCAAF Odds: TBD
Why bet on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane ended the regular season with a 6-2 record and came very close to winning the American Conference Championship, going down 27-24 to unbeaten Cincinnati in the final. The question now is whether Tulsa can pick themselves up from the disappointment of that loss and put in one more good performance to close out the year. Prior to the defeat in the championship game, this was a team that had reeled off 5 in a row, never scoring less than 28 points in those wins. They were a great bet against the spread, covering in 7 of their 8 games this season. They are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games as a favorite, but 0-5 SU in Thursday games played away from home. The UNDER has hit in 4 of their last 5 Thursday games.
Why bet on the Mississippi State Bulldogs
Mississippi State are one of the teams that benefited from the weirdness of this season, as they are in a bowl game despite posting a pretty awful 3-7 SU record on the season. Playing an all SEC schedule certainly did not help their cause at all, and it showed just how much work needs to be done to be competitive in that conference again. The Bulldogs did finish the season with a big 51-32 win over Missouri in a game that they started as an underdog. That broke the mold a little, though, as they are just 1-6 SU in their last 7 games starting as the dog. They are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 and have seen the UNDER hit in 6 of their last 7 Thursday games.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I am a little concerned about how Tulsa will come into this one after losing the Conference Championship game, but I think they bounce back with a win and the cover. I am on the UNDER for this one.
Pick: Tulsa Golden Hurricane 27 Mississippi State Bulldogs 17