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Military Bowl betting preview

Bowling Green, back in a bowl for the first time in three seasons, and San Jose State, in its first bowl in six seasons, meet in the Military Bowl Thursday, Dec. 27 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC (3 pm ET, ESPN).

Early Military Bowl betting odds showed the 10-2 Spartans, who finished second in the WAC, favored by seven points over the 8-4 Falcons, who finished second in the MAC's East Division.

All four prior bowls played OVER total and favorites have won all four games SU. [ More Military Bowl Bowl betting preview information ]

View Bowling Green vs San Jose State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Fans backing the Spartans here saw them open at 5Dimes as 7.5-point favorites in this college football clash. The over under was 47 earlier, check Bovada for the latest numbers before kickoff.

Bowling Green Bowl History

YearBowlTeam1ScoreTeam2ScoreTeam2 LineATS win
2003Motor City BowlNorthwestern24Bowling Green28-7.5NWESTN
2004GMAC BowlMemphis35Bowling Green52-6BGREEN
2007GMAC BowlBowling Green7Tulsa63-5.5TULSA
2009Humanitarian BowlBowling Green42Idaho43-1Push

San Jose State Bowl History

YearBowlTeam1ScoreTeam2ScoreTeam2 LineATS win
2006New Mexico BowlSan Jose State20New Mexico12-3SJ.ST

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up San Jose State's No. 26-ranked offense (35.2 PPG) against a Falcons defense that ranks No. 9 at 15.8 PPG. The Spartans passing attack has averaged 327.5 yards per game, more than the Falcons give up through the air (173 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Falcons feature the league's No. 39-rated road run defense, allowing 144.7 yards per game. San Jose State, meanwhile, ranks No. 92 in rushing offense at home.

Bowling Green was a 21-7 winner in its last match at home against Buffalo. They covered the 9-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 28 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Falcons grabbed a Week 13 victory over the Bulls in their last game, winning 21-7 at Doyt Perry Stadium.

In their last action, San Jose State was a 52-43 winner at home against Louisiana Tech. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (95) was profitable news for OVER bettors. David Fales's 367-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as San Jose State earned a 52-43 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Bowling Green Falcons Trends:
When playing in December are 2-2
When playing on grass are 2-8
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When an underdog on the road are 4-6

San Jose State Spartans Trends:
When playing in December are 2-3
When playing on grass are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When favored at home are 6-4

A few Falcons at Spartans trends to consider:
Bowling Green is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Bowling Green's last 7 games
San Jose State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Jose State's last 7 games