The Western Michigan Broncos and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will both try to record a season-ending victory when they battle in the 2015 Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl on Christmas Eve, live from Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau at 12 PM ET.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Spread Ft Middle Tennessee V Western Michigan
The college football Popeyes Bahamas Bowl spread favors Western Michigan by 3.5-points to beat Middle Tennessee in this affair while the O/U Total sits at 63 after opening at 60. The Broncos moneyline can be bet at -150 against while the Blue Raiders are a +130 selection to win straight up.
What: Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Who: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-5) at Western Michigan Broncos (7-5)
When: Thursday, December 24, 2015
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Nassau, Bahamas
Stadium: Thomas Robinson Stadium
Spread: Western Michigan -3.5
Moneyline: Middle Tennessee +130 Western Michigan -150
Game Total: 60.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Middle Tennessee vs Western Michigan
Bet The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at +3.5 Because…
The Blue Raiders are riding a 4 game winning streak after staring the season 2-4!
The Blue Raiders (7-5 SU, 8-4 ATS) have won four straight and five of their final six games coming into this contest to finish in second place in the C-USA East division.
The Blue Raiders beat then-No. 24 Toledo 35-30 in their regular season finale and are led by talented quarterback Brent Stockstill who set a new Conference USA passing record for a freshman with 3,678 yards. Stockstill also completed a blistering 66.7 percent of his passes with 27 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
Offensively, Middle Tennessee averages an impressive 34.3 ppg while allowing 25.1 points per contest defensively. The Blue Raiders also have a gifted wide receiver in Richie Games, a player that is one of just three wide receivers in the FBS to record 100 catches this season and one of just 14 receivers to reach the 1,200-yard plateau.
Bet The Western Michigan Broncos at -3.5 Because…
Western Michigan came up just shy of a trip to the MAC title game this season, which gives the Broncos something to prove before turning in their pads for the year!
Western Michigan (7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS) got a nice, 35-30 win over Toledo in their regular season finale to snap a two-game slide and improve to 7-1 over their last eight games. More importantly, the explosive Broncos scored at least 35 points in each victory during the stretch and can score the ball with almost any team in the country.
The Broncos have one of the nation’s best wide receiving duos, even if they don’t get the national notoriety that they deserve. Wideouts, Daniel Braverman and Corey Davis are the first pair of receivers to reach the 1,100-yard plateau in the same season since 2012.
Western Michigan put up an impressive 35.3 points per game this season and got a fine season from quarterback Zach Terrell as the junior completed 66.8 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,225 yards with 27 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. Defensively, Western Michigan allowed opponents to put up a whopping 28.1 points per game.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Middle Tennessee has gotten hot at just the right time, making the Blue Raiders my pick to cover the spread against a Western Michigan team that dropped two of its last three games to close out the regular season.
The Blue Raiders are a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four games and 6-1 ATS in their L/7 games following an ATS win. Conversely, the Broncos are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in the month of December and just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win. Middle Tennessee may be listed as underdogs in this contest, but the Blue Raiders are my pick to win and cash in!