We are a few games into the current bowl season, but with each passing day, we edge a little closer to the games that we really want to see, which is the playoff matchups and the New Year’s 6 bowls. We could choose to be stubborn and ignore the games that come before that batch, but that would mean missing out on a ton of opportunities to win some money. This is why we are going to try and break down as many of the bowl games as possible, so that those of us who love a little wager on all of them have some predictions to draw upon. For this piece, we are looking beyond Christmas Day to the Military Bowl, which actually promises to be a fun game. Right now, it is Duke who are in as a modest 3-point favorite over UCF. The point total for the Military Bowl is set at a rather lofty 62 ½. It’s time to have look at both teams and how they arrive to this Military Bowl so you can bet on their College Football Bowl Odds.
Duke Blue Devils Vs UCF Knights Military Bowl Game Betting Analysis
Duke versus UCF Match Info
- When: Wednesday, December 28 at 2PM EST
- Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
- TV: ESPN
Why bet on the Duke Blue Devils
Over the years, Duke has become known as a basketball school, with football taking a back seat to the accomplishment of the hoops teams. That may have changed a little bit this season, with Duke closing out the season with an 8-4 record, which included going 5-3 in conference play. The Blue Devils ended the regular season on a positive note, winning 4 of their final 5 games, so they are going to be coming into this game still riding on a bit of a high. This is a well-balanced team, averaging 33 PPG this season, while surrendering just 22 PPG. There is a lot to like with Duke in terms of the point spread, as they covered in 5 of their last 6, as well as in each of their last 5 meetings with teams from the AAC. They saw the OVER hot in 4 of their last 6, as well as in 6 of their last 7 games played in the month of December.
Why bet on the UCF Knights
Teams tend to look at bowl games in very different ways. For some, it’s a fun way to end the season and a bit of a reward for a job well done. For others, it the opportunity to wash out the bad taste of a disappointing end to the season. I would suggest that UCF falls into that latter category, as they will be looking for a positive result after getting pounded 45-28 by Tulane in the AAC Conference Championship Game. They will also be looking to get into double-digit wins after going 9-4 this season. That means that they have now won 15 of their last 20 games overall, so this is not a team that is going to be easy to knock off. While they have covered the spread in 4 of their last 6 games in December, they are also 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings with a team from the ACC.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
If you like offensive football, this might well be the game for you, as I think we are going to see some scoring here. The OVER is the pick for me in this one, but I also like Duke to come away with the win.
College Football Betting Pick: Duke Blue Devils 36 UCF Knights 33