Any football fans who have this week off for the holidays are having a bit of a treat, as we are now in the opening week of bowl season. Even if you haven’t been able to catch any of the action yet, you can certainly get your fill this weekend, with no less than 3 bowl games on tap on the day following Christmas. There is the promise of a lot of offense in the Saturday games, but especially in the SERVPRO First responder Bowl, which we are going to break down right now. Louisiana comes into this one looking to hit double digits in wins this season, but they are going to have their hands full with a very good UTSA team. That said, it is the Ragin Cajuns who are in as a big favorite for this one, with the bookies liking them by 14 points right now. The point total for this bowl games is set at 57 ½. Let’s take a closer look at both teams and how they arrive to this First Responder Bowl game so you can bet against their NCAAF odds.
2020 First Responder Bowl – Louisiana Ragin Cajuns Vs UTSA Roadrunners
- When: Saturday, Dec 26 at 3:30 PM EST
- Where: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Texas
- TV: ABC
- NCAAF Odds: TBD
Why bet on the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns
The Ragin Cajuns finished the regular season on a solid run of form, winning 6 in a row to take their season record to an impressive 9-1. The only loss they took this season came at the hands of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, a team that finished the season with a perfect 11-0 record. They broke a negative trend with their win over Appalachian State at the start of the month, as that win ended a 5-game losing skid in the month of December. Against the spread, Louisiana has been okay, covering in 4 of their last 6 games. This is a team that scores a lot, yet they have seen the UNDER hit in 6 of their last 8 outings.
Why bet on the UTSA Roadrunners
While not on a par with what Louisiana delivered this season, the UTSA Roadrunners still had a respectable 7-4 record in what was a very difficult season for everyone. The 4 losses that they took this season all came in a 5-game stretch, and while it would have been easy for them to sink like a stone coming down the stretch, they showed some real character and delivered 3 wins in a row to close out the regular season. While they have been winning, it is worth noting that they are just 1-4 SU in their last 5 games as an underdog. They have also been trending towards the UNDER, with 7 of their last 8 going that route.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While both teams have a history of going the UNDER of late, I have a feeling that we are going to see some offense here, which is why I am on the OVER. I also like the Ragin Cajuns to win and cover on Saturday.
Pick: Louisiana Ragin Cajuns 39 UTSA Roadrunners 24