The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Western Michigan Broncos will both try to get the season-ending victory when they square off in the 2015 Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl on Christmas Eve, live from Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau at 12 PM ET. Better yet…you’re going to have a great chance to strike pay dirt thanks to this expert College Football odds breakdown on the ‘under the radar’ affair. With that said and game day quickly approaching, let’s get started.
How To Bet the Blue Raiders vs. Broncos Bahamas Bowl Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Thursday, December 24, 12:00 PM ET
Where: Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, Nassau
TV Stream: WatchESPN
NCAAF Odds: Western Michigan -3.5
Western Michigan is a 3-point favorite in this affair while the O/U Total sits at 63 after opening at 60. The Broncos can be had at -150 against the NCAAF Moneyline while the Blue Raiders are a +130 selection against the Moneyline. Two 7-5 Teams Square Off!
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Why Bet The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds at +3.5
Because they’ve gotten hot at just the right time! Middle Tennessee (7-5 SU, 8-4 ATS)won four straight and five of their final six games coming into this contest to finish in second place in the C-USA East division. The Blue Raiders beat then-No. 24 Toledo 35-30 in their regular season finale and are led by talented quarterback Brent Stockstill who set a new Conference USA passing record for a freshman with 3,678 yards. Stockstill also completed a blistering 66.7 percent of his passes with 27 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
Offensively, Middle Tennessee averages an impressive 34.3 ppg while allowing 25.1 points per contest defensively. The Blue Raiders also have a gifted wide receiver in Richie Games, a player that is one of just three wide receivers in the FBS to record 100 catches this season and one of just 14 receivers to reach the 1,200-yard plateau.
Why Bet The Western Michigan Broncos Odds at -3.5
Because the Broncos have the slightly better offense! Western Michigan (7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS) got a nice, 35-30 win over Toledo in their regular season finale to snap a two-game slide and improve to 7-1 over their last eight games. More importantly, the explosive Broncos scored at least 35 points in each victory during the stretch and can score the ball with almost any team in the country. The Broncos have one of the nation’s best wide receiving duos, even if they don’t get the national notoriety that they deserve. Wideouts, Daniel Braverman and Corey Davis are the first pair of receivers to reach the 1,100-yard plateau in the same season since 2012.
Western Michigan put up an impressive 35.3 points per game this season and got a fine season from quarterback Zach Terrell as the junior completed 66.8 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,225 yards with 27 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. Defensively, Western Michigan allowed opponents to put up a whopping 28.1 points per game.
My Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Middle Tennessee has gotten hot at just the right time, making the Blue Raiders my pick to cover the spread against a Western Michigan team that dropped two of its last three games to close out the regular season.
The Blue Raiders are a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four games and 6-1 ATS in their L/7 games following an ATS win. Conversely, the Broncos are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in the month of December and just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win. Middle Tennessee may be listed as underdogs in this contest, but the blue Raiders are my pick to win and cash in!