The first round of bowl games are set for this coming Saturday afternoon, and while many college football fans might be willing to sit these early games out, they may well be missing a couple of very good ones if they do. Of the 5 games on tap for this Saturday, it may well be the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl that promises to deliver the most fireworks. We have a match-up that features a pair of teams coming in with 9-3 records, and while they may be from the lesser conferences in the college game, they are both committed to playing an exceptional brand of football. The Appalachian State Mountaineers ended the year with a share of the Sun Belt Conference, while the Toledo Rockets were just one win away for competing for the MAC Conference title. What makes this one so interesting is that you have a pair of teams with contrasting styles. The Rockets are an offensive powerhouse, while the Mountaineers are a stout defensive unit. Toledo come in as a 1.5-point betting odds favorite.
In Depth Analysis On The Week 17 College Football Betting Lines: Mountaineers Vs Rockets
When: Saturday, December 17 at 5:30 PM EST
Where: Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAF Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Appalachian State Mountaineers
The Appalachian State Mountaineers are a team that are tough to crack defensively, as they gave up less than 5 yards per play throughout the season. They also held teams to 20 points or less in 9 of their 12 games this season, which is proof positive that they are sound on the defensive side of the ball. You also have to remember that 2 of their 3 losses came against teams – Miami and Tennessee – that were ranked in the top 25 at the time they met. While it is the defense that gets most of the credit for the success of this team, the offense is not too shabby either, averaging 29.1 PPG this season. The Mountaineers went 1-2 ATS as an underdog in the regular season.
Why bet on the Toledo Rockets
There were a lot of big name QB’s that got a ton of the headlines in college football this season, but there are few who can claim to be as efficient as Logan Woodside. The unheralded QB of the Rockets passed for an astonishing 43 TD’s, whilst only giving up 9 picks in the process. He completed over 69% of his passes, and ranked 2nd overall in QB rating. It’s no wonder that the Rockets were so effective offensively this year, and Woodside is the man that the Mountaineers are going to have to key on and slow down if they are to have any sort of success here. Toledo went 4-4 ATS as a favorite during the regular season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As good as the Mountaineers defense is, they are up against it here. This is a game that could very well turn into a shootout, and I believe that plays into the hands of Woodside and the Rockets.