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Beef 'O' Brady’s Bowl Odds

The East Carolina Pirates and Ohio Bobcats will meet for the first time in 15 years in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida on December 23.

It is the Pirates' seventh bowl game appearance in the past eight years, while Ohio is headed to a bowl game for the fifth straight season.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes and Bovada today.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
Monday, December 23 @ 2:00pm ET
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

Team: Ohio Bobcats
Conference: Mid-American
Records: 7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS, 4-8 OU

Team: East Carolina Pirates
Conference: Conference USA
Records: 9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS, 8-4 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
East Carolina -12.5 / 61.5 Points

[Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl Matchup Stats | Ohio vs. East Carolina Betting Preview]

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl Betting Trends: This will be the sixth game in the history of the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, and favorites were 4-1 ATS in the first five games . . . In East Carolina’s last seven games, the OVER is 6-1.

The sportsbooks have given the nod to the East Carolina Pirates, making them early 12.5-point favorites over the Ohio Bobcats. The Pirates rolled to an impressive 9-3 SU record on the strength of the Mid-American Conference’s second-best offense, averaging almost 460 yards per game; winning five regular season games by an average margin of 32 points before hitting a wall against Marshall in their regular season finale. The Pirates fell behind early and never recovered, eventually losing by a 59-28 count, giving Marshall the Conference USA East Division title. Conversely, the Bobcats struggled down the stretch, getting blown out three times by Buffalo, Bowling Green, and Kent State before righting the ship with a 51-23 win over UMass in their final regular season battle. Accordingly, East Carolina dominates in almost every statistical category, outscoring Ohio by an average of over 12 points per game. Both teams are 6-6 ATS this season.

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl History (teams, score, spread, ATS winner, SU winner)

2008 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Memphis 14 South Florida 41 -10.5 S.FLA S.FLA
2009 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Central Florida 24 Rutgers 45 -2.5 RUTGER RUTGER
2010 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Louisville 31 Southern Miss 28 2 LOUISV LOUISV
2011 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Florida International 10 Marshall 20 4 MARSHL MARSHL
2012 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Ball State 17 Central Florida 38 -7.5 C.FLA C.FLA
2013 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Ohio   East Carolina        

 

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Totals bettors will be watching the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg with great interest on December 21 because of the strong OVER trend – Ball State and Central Florida went a combined 17-8 on the OVER/UNDER this season.

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Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
Friday, December 21 @ 7:30pm ET
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

Team: Ball State Cardinals
Conference: Mid-American
Records: 9-3 SU, 9-3 ATS, 7-5 OU

Team: Central Florida Knights
Conference: Conference USA
Records: 9-4 SU, 6-7 ATS, 10-3 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Central Florida -7.5 / 60 Points

[Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Matchup Stats]

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Betting Trends: Favorites are 3-1 ATS in first four games.

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Since 1998, Marshall is 6-1 straight up in seven bowl appearances, and will look to make it 7-1 in its last eight with a win in the Beef ‘O’ Brady's Bowl.

For lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting board at 5Dimes today.

Beef ‘O’ Brady's Bowl
Tuesday, December 20 @ 8:00pm ET
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

Team: Florida International Golden Panthers
Conference: Sun Belt
Records: 8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS, 3-9 OU

Team: Marshall Thundering Herd
Conference: Conference USA
Records: 6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS, 5-7 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Florida International -3.5 / 48.5 Points

[Beef ‘O’ Brady's Bowl Matchup Stats]

After winning in their first bowl appearance ever last season, the Florida International Golden Panthers hope to win their second straight bowl in this matchup against the Marshall Thundering Herd. Marshall is 6-1 SU in its last seven bowl appearances, including a win in their most recent bowl back in 2009. [ Free $25 BCS bet, check out the special bowl offer at TopBet ]

Both teams enter the game in good recent form with the Golden Panthers finishing up the regular season 3-0 both SU and ATS and Marshall finishing 3-1 SU (2-2 ATS). Both teams trended towards the UNDER during the regular season, and Florida International’s defense finished 16th in the nation allowing just 19.4 points per game.

Florida International’s T.Y. Hilton caught 64 passes for 950 yards and seven touchdowns this season, and also returned a punt 97 yards for a touchdown. The explosive Hilton is projected to be a late-round pick in next year’s NFL draft.

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Beef 'O' Brady’s Bowl
Tuesday, December 21 @ 8pm ET
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

Team: Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Conference: Conference USA
Records: 8-4 SU, 6-5 ATS, 8-3 OU

Team: Louisville Cardinals
Conference: Big East Conference
Records: 6-6 SU, 6-5 ATS, 5-6 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Louisville -3 / 57 Points

[Beef 'O' Brady’s Bowl matchup stats]

Louisville is making its first bowl appearance since 2006, when the program took home the Orange Bowl. Under highly-regarded first-year head coach Charlie Strong the Cardinals have risen steadily, going to 12th from 65th in yards allowed per game.

NCAAF odds might favor Louisville in this bowl game because of their head-to-head win over Southern Miss last season.

The Cardinals have a solid history in college football and the NCAAF odds reflect this in the lines for the bowl game. Senior Justin Burke will get the start at quarterback, but Strong hasn’t ruled out using Adam Froman and Will Stein.

Burke had 572 yards and seven TDs after taking over for Froman, who injured his leg. If Louisville is to make winners of college football bettors, it won’t come from an offensive barrage. The defense has stood tall to get them into a bowl game and it could be that intangible that gets them a championship - when the prospects weren’t good at the start of the season.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are polar opposites of their opponents, racking up nearly 40 points and over 450 yards per game. However, the Golden Eagles surrendered 40 points five times this season.

Junior quarterback Austin Davis of the Golden Eagles threw for 2,898 yards with 18 touchdowns while running for 436 yards with 10 TDs. It’s no wonder this team paid out to OVER bettors eight times during the year.

Southern Miss is a team that made winners of pointspread bettors six times this season, and should be a good wager for a cover on the Beef 'O' Brady’s Bowl odds.

The experience of being in nine straight bowl games could give the edge to them as well, and might make them a good underdog bet.

Despite its weaker record during the regular season, sportsbooks still believe a much-improved defense is cause for Louisville to be a 3-point favorite in college football betting odds for the Beef 'O' Brady’s Bowl against the offensively-minded Southern Miss Golden Eagles.