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St. Petersburg Bowl

St. Petersburg Bowl

With an 0-6 SU and 3-3 ATS start to the season, the Miami-Ohio Redhawks were a huge underdog to earn bowl eligibility in 2016. But with a 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS run to end the season, the Redhawks did just that, getting to six wins to punch their ticket to the St. Petersburg Bowl where they'll take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Kickoff: Monday, December 26 @ 11 a.m. ET
Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Additional Read: Miami-Ohio vs Mississippi State Betting

2016 St. Petersburg Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Mississippi State-12.5

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
Mississippi StateSEC5-75-77-5

St. Petersburg Bowl Matchup

Miami-Ohio had three outright upsets over the course of its hot streak at the end of the season, including a 28-15 road win over Eastern Michigan as a 7-point underdog. At the center of the Redhawks' sharp turnaround was sophomore quarterback Gus Ragland. Ragland missed the first six games of the season with a torn ACL injury he'd suffered in the spring, but he made an immediate impact upon his return.

The sophomore threw 15 touchdown passes and no interceptions in his six games of action this season. The offense averaged 29.8 points per game with Ragland under center compared with just 16.4 points per game with backup quarterback Billy Bahl. Miami-Ohio is a completely different team with their primary signal-caller healthy, as is clearly indicated by its record with and without him.

Despite finishing the season with just a 5-7 SU and ATS record, the Bulldogs received a bowl invite due to their scores in the NCAA Academic Progress Rate. Mississippi State crushed Ole Miss 55-20 in the Egg Bowl as a 10-point road underdog to pick up the necessary fifth win in its final game of the season. It was the Bulldogs' second win of the year as a double-digit underdog, with the other coming against Texas A&M.

Like Miami-Ohio, Mississippi State has plenty to be excited about at quarterback moving forward. While there were some growing pains in replacing Dak Prescott, Nick Fitzgerald played quite well. The sophomore passed for 2,287 yards and 21 touchdowns this season while leading the team in rushing with 1,243 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. Mississippi State averaged 31.5 points per game during the regular season.

The main reason for Mississippi State's struggles this season was the defense. After allowing 23.3 or fewer points per game in each of their last six seasons, the Bulldogs fell to 97th in scoring defense this year, allowing 33.1 points per game.

St. Petersburg Bowl Betting Trends
  • Mississippi State is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games in December.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Mississippi State's last 15 games after a win.
  • Mississippi State is 7-2 SU in its last nine games in the postseason.
  • Miami-Ohio is 0-8 SU in its last eight games against the SEC.
  • Miami-Ohio is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in its last six games.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of Miami-Ohio's last eight games after a win.

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St. Petersburg Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2008Beef 'O' Brady's BowlMemphis14South Florida41-10.5S.FLAS.FLA
2009Beef 'O' Brady's BowlCentral Florida24Rutgers45-2.5RUTGERRUTGER
2010Beef 'O' Brady's BowlLouisville31Southern Miss28+2LOUISVLOUISV
2011Beef 'O' Brady's BowlFlorida International10Marshall20+4MARSHLMARSHL
2012Beef 'O' Brady's BowlBall State17Central Florida38-7.5C.FLAC.FLA
2013Beef 'O' Brady's BowlOhio20East Carolina37-14.5ECUECU
2014St. Petersburg BowlNC State34Central Florida27-2NC StateNC State
2015St. Petersburg BowlConnecticut10Marshall16-3MarshallMarshall
2016St. Petersburg BowlMiami Ohio-Mississippi State--12.5  
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