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Bahamas Bowl

This year's Bahamas Bowl matches two teams unfamiliar with the FBS postseason. Eastern Michigan is playing in a bowl for the first time in 30 years, while Old Dominion is playing in its first bowl ever. Who will come out on top when the Eagles meet the Monarchs down in the islands?

Kickoff: Friday, December 23 @ 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Additional Read: Eastern Michigan vs Old Dominion Betting

2016 Bahamas Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Eastern Michigan+3.5
Old Dominion-3.5

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
Eastern MichiganMAC7-59-34-8
Old DominionC-USA9-36-4-27-4-1

Bahamas Bowl Matchup

Eastern Michigan won a total of seven games over the previous four seasons. This year, their third under head coach Chris Creighton, the Eagles won seven times to earn their first bowl berth since they beat California in the California Bowl back in 1987.

EMU started 1-1 this season, then won three games in a row, including a 27-24 victory over Mountain West divisional champion Wyoming. The Eagles then lost three of their next four games, although their one win during that span came over eventual MAC East champion Ohio. Eastern Michigan then won two of its last three games, giving the Eagles their first non-losing conference record since 2011.

Old Dominion, in its third season of FBS ball, started 1-2 this year, then won three games in a row. The Monarchs then fell at eventual C-USA champion Western Kentucky, but finished the regular season with five straight victories, averaging 41 points per game. ODU actually tied the Hilltoppers for first place in the C-USA East but lost the tiebreaker.

The Eagles covered the spread in seven of their first eight games this season, and finished 9-3 ATS. Eastern Michigan also went 6-2 ATS as an underdog, winning four of those games outright. The Monarchs, meanwhile, covered seven of their last nine games to finish at 8-3-1 ATS for the season, and 5-0 ATS when favored by 10 points or less.

EMU, while playing what Sagarin at USAToday.com rates as the 98th-toughest schedule in college football this season, ranks 36th in total offense, averaging 454 yards per game. But the Eagles can give it up, too, ranking 84th in total defense by allowing 435 YPG.

Old Dominion, playing the 138th-toughest schedule, ranks 52nd in total offense at 434 YPG and 43rd in total defense, allowing 376 YPG.

Bahamas Bowl Betting Trends
  • Old Dominion is 5-0 SU and 4-0-1 ATS in its last five games.
  • Old Dominion is 5-0 ATS in its last five games after winning the previous game in a matchup.
  • The total has gone OVER in Old Dominion's last four games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of Eastern Michigan's last 10 games.
  • Eastern Michigan is 6-0 ATS in its last six games against teams with winning records.
  • Eastern Michigan is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on Friday.

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Bahamas Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2014Bahamas BowlCentral Michigan48Western Kentucky49-3.5Central MichiganWestern Kentucky
2015Bahamas BowlMiddle Tennessee31Western Michigan45-3Western MichiganWestern Michigan
2016Bahamas BowlEastern Michigan-Old Dominion--3.5  
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