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Dollar General Bowl

The Troy Trojans will wrap up their best season at the FBS level with their first bowl in six seasons, facing the Ohio Bobcats. Ohio, the MAC runner-up, is playing its second bowl in Alabama in a row. Whether senior QB Greg Windham or freshman Quinton Maxwell starts is a mystery.

Kickoff: Friday, December 23 @ 8 p.m. ET
Location: Ladd Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
Additional Read: Ohio vs Troy Betting

2016 Dollar General Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Ohio+3.5
Troy-3.5
Over/Under49

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
TeamConf.SUATSOU
OhioMAC8-57-62-11
TroySun Belt9-36-65-6-1

Matchup Stats

Troy gave No. 2 Clemson a scare in a 30-24 defeat on September 10 but backed into a bowl in their own backyard after losing two of their final three games. Ohio is a stellar 6-3 since Oct. 1. Those losses were by a combined 16 points, all to bowl-bound teams.

Troy led the Sun Belt in yards per game (438.6). Ohio gives up a lot of passing yards but has the most efficient defense in the MAC, allowing just 5.18 yards per play. Defensive end Tarell Basham and cohorts have 42 sacks, but they are up against a Troy offensive line that has allowed only seven.

Ohio allows the third-fewest yards per carry (3.0) in the country. Its front seven will be a stiff challenge for Troy's 1,200-yard rusher, Jordan Chunn. Troy QB Brandon Silvers has 2,945 passing yards and 22 TD, with good pass distribution among WRs Deondre Douglas, Tevaris McCormick and Emanuel Thompson.

Quinton Maxwell has better slightly numbers than Greg Windham, but the latter quarterback is a senior and nearly engineered an upset of undefeated Western Michigan in the MAC championship game. Whichever QB plays will be facing a Trojans defense which has 18 interceptions, tied for seventh nationally.

Windham's mobility could be an X-factor for Ohio, assuming he gets the start. The Bobcats are 79th in passing due to a low completion percentage, but leading receivers Sebastian Smith and Papi White have the speed to stretch a defense. Each averages more than 16 yards per catch.

Ohio and leading rusher Dorian Brown (802 yards) have a tough matchup in the rushing phase. Troy ranks in the top 20 nationally with only 3.4 yards per carry allowed. Troy has only 27 sacks, but senior DT Rashad Dillard excels at blowing up blocking schemes.

Dollar General Bowl Betting Trends
  • Troy is 5-0 ATS in its last five games after losing as a favorite.
  • Troy is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone OVER in Troy's last five games in the postseason.
  • The total has gone OVER in nine of Ohio's last 10 games against the Sun Belt.
  • Ohio is 2-7 SU in its last nine games in December.
  • Ohio is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games against teams with winning records.

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GoDaddy Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1999Mobile Alabama BowlTCU28East Carolina14-5.5TCUTCU
2000Mobile Alabama BowlTCU21Southern Miss28+7S.MISSS.MISS
2001GMAC BowlMarshall64East Carolina61-2MARSHLMARSHL
2002GMAC BowlMarshall38Louisville15+2.5MARSHLMARSHL
2003GMAC BowlMiami (Ohio)49Louisville28+13MIA.OHMIA.OH
2004GMAC BowlMemphis35Bowling Green52-6BGREENBGREEN
2005GMAC BowlTexas El Paso13Toledo45-3TOLEDOTOLEDO
2006GMAC BowlOhio7Southern Miss28-6.5S.MISSS.MISS
2007GMAC BowlBowling Green7Tulsa63-5.5TULSATULSA
2008GMAC BowlBall State13Tulsa45-2.5TULSATULSA
2009GMAC BowlTroy41Central Michigan44-3PushCMICH
2010GoDaddy.com BowlMiddle Tennessee21Miami (Ohio)35+2MIA.OHMIA.OH
2011GoDaddy.com BowlArkansas State20Northern Illinois38EvN.ILLN.ILL
2012GoDaddy.com BowlArkansas State17Kent State13+2ARKSTARKST
2013GoDaddy.com BowlBall State20Arkansas State23+6.5ARKSTARKST
2014GoDaddy BowlToledo63Arkansas State44+3TOLEDOTOLEDO
2015GoDaddy BowlGeorgia Southern58Bowling Green27-4.5Georgia SouthernGeorgia Southern
2016Dollar General BowlOhio-Troy--3.5  
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