The underdog Ohio Bobcats will look to extend their winning ways by pulling off the upset over the favored Appalachian State Mountaineers when the two teams square off in the 2015 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 19, live from the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.
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A Closer Look At The Ohio Bobcats Vs Appalachian State Mountaineers Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Spread & My ATS Pick
The college football bowl game spread favors Appalachian State by 8-points to beat the Ohio Bobcats to win the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. The Mountaineers will make their first bowl appearance since moving to Division I FBS while Ohio looks to get the ‘W’ after missing out on a bowl game appearance last season following a five-year bowl game run.Now, let’s find out who’s going to bring home the bacon in this intriguing bowl game pairing.
What: Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Who: Ohio Bobcats (8-4) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (10-2)
When: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Kickoff: 5:30 PM ET
Where: Montgomery, AL
Stadium: Cramton Bowl
Spread: Appalachian State -8
Moneyline: Ohio +270 vs Appalachian State -330
Game Total: 55
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Ohio vs Appalachian State
Bet The Ohio Bobcats at +8 To Beat Appalachian State In The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Because…
The Bobcats ended the year on a high note, winning three straight and beating MAC power Northern Illinois in the finale.
The Ohio Bobcats (8-4 SU, 8-4 ATS) have won three consecutive games following their three-game losing streak and come into this contest off a narrow, but impressive 26-21 win over Northern Illinois as an 11-point road dog on Nov. 24.
Now, head coach Frank Solich says the experience of preparing for a bowl game in the past will help this year’s team in this bowl game matchup.
"Obviously, if you practice too much, if you practice too hard, your players get beat down," Solich told reporters. "We know what we’re doing. Hopefully, we’ll get them prepared at a level that will allow them to play their best football."
Ohio averages a modest 27.4 points er game while allowing 24.8 points per contest defensively. The Bobcats are led on offense by quarterback Daz’mond Patterson and defensively by linebacker Quentin Poling who tied for the team lead in interceptions (three) and sacks (four).
Senior starting quarterback Derrius Vick and junior backup JD Sprague were both injured late in the season, forcing the Bobcats to turn to junior Greg Windham in the regular-season finale against Northern Illinois. All three signal-callers should be ready to play in this contest according to Solich.
Bet The Appalachian State Mountaineers at -8 To Beat Ohio In The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Because…
This is the Mountaineers’ first chance to play in a bowl game after making the leap from FCS powerhouse to fledgling FBS program.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers (10-2 SU, 6-6 ATS) have won three straight and nine of its last 10 games overall, including their 34-27 win over South Alabama on Dec. 5 though they failed to cover the spread as a whopping 18-point road favorite. Now, the Mountaineers will look to in their first-ever bowl game in an effort to build their program even more moving forward.
We’re just excited about going to a bowl game — our first bowl game — and a chance to win 11 and a chance to beat a quality opponent from the MAC,” head coach Scott Satterfield said. “There’s a lot riding on this game. We always talk in this program about, ‘How are you going to finish?’
“We want to finish out right, finish out with a bowl victory. We don’t want to just go
Appalachian State suffered just two losses all season long and one of those came against unbeaten No. 1 Clemson. The Mountaineers average a stellar 37.2 points per game while limiting their opponents to just 18.3 points per contest defensively. The Mountaineers finished inside the Top 30 in total yards, as well as against the pass (184.4 ypg) and run (133.6 ypg).
"We want to carry momentum into next season," sophomore quarterback Taylor Lamb told reporters. "It’s kind of looking to the future of the team."
Defensive lineman Ronald Blair ranks 11th in the nation with 18 tackles for a loss and has added 7.5 sacks for good measure. Blair, the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year, recorded eight tackles, two sacks and two tackles for loss against Clemson, so clearly, this guy can play with anyone.
“I thought he’d have a chance at some point and he’s just had an outstanding year,” Satterfield said. “I’m glad everybody else recognized he had a great year and he was a force to be reckoned with on that side of the ball this year.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Appalachian State is the far better team on both sides of the ball, making them the easy pick to win and cash in for me.
I know Ohio is 6-0 ATS in their last six non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, but the Bobcats are also just 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games after racking up less than 170 passing yards in their previous game.
Despite going 1-4 ATS in their last five games, Appalachian State is also 5-2 ATS in their L/7 games following an ATS loss and an identical 5-2 ATS in their last seven games versus a team with a winning record.
Keep it simple and back the Appalachian State Mountaineers to win and cash in!