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The 4-point favored Marshall Thundering Herd will look to take down the underdog Connecticut Huskies and pick up a season-ending victory when they square off in the 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl on Saturday, December 26th at 11:00 AM ET, live from Tropicana Field.

A Closer Look At How To Bet The Connecticut Huskies Vs Marshall Thundering Herd St. Petersburg Bowl Odds

The college football St. Petersburg Bowl odds favor the Marshall Thundering Herd by 4-points to beat Conneticut after opening as 4.5-point favorites. The Over/Under Total sits at 44 after opening at 43. Marshall is a -200 favorite on the moneyline while UConn can is listed at +160. Now, let’s find out who will bring home the bacon.

What: St. Petersburg Bowl
Who: Conneticut Huskies (6-6) at Marshall Thundering Herd (9-3)
When: Saturday December 26, 2015
Kickoff: 11:00 AM ET 
Where: Saint Petersburg, FL
Stadium: Tropicana Field
Spread: Marshall -4
Moneyline: Connecticut +160 vs Marshall -200
Game Total: 44
Watch: ESPN
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Listen: UConn vs Marshall

Bet The Connecticut Huskies at +4 Because…

Connecticut closed out their regular season with an overwhelming 27-3 road loss against Temple, but the Huskies also shocked the nationally-ranked and unbeaten Houston Cougars one week earlier to reach the six-win mark and become bowl eligible.

Now, the Huskies will make their first postseason appearance since meeting Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl back in 2010. Unfortunately, the offensively-challenged Huskies average just 17.8 points per game while allowing 19.8 per contest defensively. 

The Huskies are led by their best player in dual-threat running back Arkeel Newsome who ranks 18th in the nation in all-purpose yards (1,621).

Newsome finished second in receptions for UConn while quarterback Bryant Shirreffs threw for 1,992 yards while completing 60.3 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions to mark the school’s best passing stats since Dan Orlovsky back in 2004.

Shirreffs will be back under center for this bowl game showdown after suffering a severe concussion in his last contest. He admitted that he lost consciousness after receiving a blow to the helmet. “It was a pretty big hit, it is probably the hardest hit I’ve taken,” the sophomore told reporters.

The Huskies have an elite defender in cornerback Jamar Summers with the stealth d-back racking up an impressive seven interceptions on the season, good for third in the nation.

Bet The Marshall Thundering Herd at -4 Because…

Marshall may have lost just three games this season, but the Thundering Herd are looking to get back on track coming into the St. Petersburg Bowl after suffering two losses over their final three games, including their season-ending 49-28 blowout loss against Western Kentucky on Nov. 27 while never coming close to covering the spread as a 12.5-point road dog.

The Herd are led by freshman quarterback Chase Litton after the young signal-caller took over the starting job in the third week of the season. Litton immediately led Marshall to seven straight wins and finished the season with 2,387 passing yards, an impressive 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

Offensively, Marshall averages 32.6 points per contest while limiting their opponents to just 18.4 points per contest defensively to rank 14th in the nation. Running back Devon Johnson (79.29 yds/game, 5 TD) leads the rushing attack and Marshall’s aggressive defense forced a whopping 27 turnovers this season.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

While Marshall struggled down the stretch by losing two of three, the fact of the matter is that the Thundering Herd are far superior to UConn offensively and slightly better defensively as well.

The Huskies are just 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a straight up loss and an uninspiring 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games.

The Marshall Thundering Herd are a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four bowl games, a consistent 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games.

I like Marshall to get the big win and accompanying ATS cover.

My Pick: Marshall 28 Connecticut 17