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Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Odds Preview

The Marshall Thundering Herd may have backed into a bowl game, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be a pushover for the Ohio Bobcats, which is why Ohio is such a slim favorite on the Little Caesar Pizza Bowl odds.

Marshall vs. Ohio -2.5, OU 49.5 at Bovada
1 pm EST, December 26, 2009, Ford Field, Detroit, MI

The Thundering Herd ended their season on a down note after losing three of their final four games. That gave them a 6-6 record and they barely got into the bowl picture. Despite their lackluster finish to the regular season they’re still only a 2.5-point underdog at Bovada in the newly named Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

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Ohio had a shot at the MAC title, but fell to Central Michigan in the title game, which snapped a four-game winning streak. They still finished the season 9-4 with a 7-1 conference record and have earned favorite status in their first bowl appearance since 2006.

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Marshall (6-6 SU, 6-5 ATS) had to rely heavily on their defense during the season, because their offense ranked near the bottom of the Conference-USA. The Thundering Herd offense suffered late in the season due to the absence of running back Darius Marshall. He missed the last two games of the regular season with an injured ankle, but should be near 100% for the bowl game.

The Bobcats (9-4, 8-3 ATS) aren’t flashy on either side of the ball, but they got the job done enough this season to nearly earn a MAC title. Quarterback Theo Scott passed for 2258 yards with 19 touchdowns this season and really spread the ball around between his three reliable receivers, Taylor Price, LaVon Brazill and Terrence McCrae.

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Little Caesars Pizza Bowl History

Last season when this game was still known as the Motor City Bowl, Florida Atlantic topped Central Michigan 24-21. The Owls were a 7-point underdog and came away with an upset victory.

Marshall played in four-straight Motor City Bowls from 1997-2000. They went 3-1 SU and 3-1 ATS. This is Ohio’s first appearance in the game formerly known as a Motor City Bowl and only their fourth bowl game in school history.

1997

Motor City Bowl

Mississippi

34

Marshall

31

1

NULL

P

1998

Motor City Bowl

Marshall

48

Louisville

29

-3.5

NULL

P

1999

Motor City Bowl

BYU

3

Marshall

21

-2

55.5

U

2000

Motor City Bowl

Cincinnati

14

Marshall

25

3.5

52

U

2001

Motor City Bowl

Cincinnati

16

Toledo

23

-5

60

U

2002

Motor City Bowl

Boston College

51

Toledo

25

4

58.5

O

2003

Motor City Bowl

Northwestern

24

Bowling Green

28

-7.5

55

U

2004

Motor City Bowl

Connecticut

39

Toledo

10

-3

68

U

2005

Motor City Bowl

Akron

31

Memphis

38

-4

51.5

O

2006

Motor City Bowl

Middle Tennessee

14

Central Michigan

31

-9

51

U

2007

Motor City Bowl

Central Michigan

48

Purdue

51

-8

71

O

2008

Motor City Bowl

Florida Atlantic

24

Central Michigan

21

-7

68.5

U

 

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl ATS Game Logs
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Recent Little Caesars Pizza Bowl trends courtesy of Bovada

UNDER is 7-3 past 10 Motor City Bowl
Central Mich played in 3 straight Motor City Bowls (2-1 SU)