When it comes to bowl season, there are a couple of different ways to approach wagering on the games. Some bettors will play every single game, while others will pick and choose the matchups that they deem to be the most potentially profitable. There is no right or wrong way to go about it, as long as well all end the season in profit. Our goal here is to provide details on as many of the upcoming games as possible, whether you all choose to play them or not. We are slowly working our way through the schedule and are now at the Gasparilla Bowl, which is set to be played on December 23rd at 6:30 PM EST. It’s certainly not one of the better matchups on the bowl schedule, but I think this one is still very much worth a look, as the Missouri Tigers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons look to end the year on a winning note. The bookies have this as a close one, with Wake Forest in as a 1-point favorite. The point total is set at 60 ½. Let’s take a closer look and make some NCAA Football Bowl Betting predictions for the Gasparilla Bowl.
Who is Playing in the Gasparilla Bowl? | Wake Forest Demon Deacons versus Missouri Tigers Betting Preview
The Tigers had themselves a bit of a rollercoaster season on their way to a 6-6 record. The low points came in conference play, where they went just 3-5 in the SEC. While they lost a lot on conference games, they made a habit of keeping things very close, with their best outing of the season probably their 26-22 loss to the defending National Champion Georgia Bulldogs. They also proved to be a team with some real character, as they went into the final 2 games of the season needing to win both to become bowl eligible. They did that, taking out New Mexico State and Arkansas to get to this point. Missouri went right down the middle, averaging 25 PPG on offense and defense this season. They went 7-5 against the spread and saw 8 of their 12 games fall UNDER the point total.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
While the Tigers ended the year at .500, the Demon Deacons did manage to post a winning record at 7-5, albeit in the weaker ACC Conference. It was very much a tale of two halved for Wake Forest, who looked great in the first half of the season before struggling in the second. They jumped out to a 6-1 record, with their lone loss coming in an absolute thriller against the Clemson Tigers. They fell apart after that, though, managing just 1 more win in their final 5 games, although two of those losses came against ranked opponents. This team can score and managed just shy of 37 PPG, but the defense gave up over 29 PPG. They went 7-5 ATS and 5-7 O/U.
Betting and Prediction
The one thing that immediately jumps out to me here is the point total, which I think is a little bit on the high side of things. I believe that the UNDER is the way to go with this game, but in terms of the win, I am leaning toward Wake Forest in what should be a close one, but enough of a margin of victory that they cover the spread.