We all love football, but fans tend to fall into different camps. There are some who love nothing more than to see a shootout with tons of scoring, while others are all about hard-nosed, defensive football. With bowl games, it can be tough to know what you are going to get, usually because we tend to see matchups that don’t come around very often. There are some game you can look at, though, that are a little easier to call in terms of scoring. You look at the Arizona Bowl, which goes off on Friday, we have a pair of teams who tend to lean more toward the defensive side of things. The odds for this one has been moving quite a bit, with Wyoming moving from favorite to underdog. This should be a close one, but can Wyoming come away with the win as a slight underdog? Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA Football Bowl prediction.
Arizona Bowl: Wyoming is Underdog, can they win the Bowl?
The Pros for the Wyoming Cowboys
When you consider that Boise State were the kings of their division in the Mountain West, going a perfect 8-0, you have to say that Wyoming finishing 2nd behind them was a pretty decent achievement. The Cowboys ended the season with a 7-5 record, which included going 5-3 in conference play. One of their losses came against Boise State in the latter part of the season, but it was a competitive outing that Wyoming lost by a FG, so they can hang with teams at this level.
From a betting standpoint, there is a lot to like about Wyoming ahead of this one. They have covered the spread in 7 of their last 8 games played on a Friday, while also covering in 6 of their last 7 games played in the month of December. Wyoming was pretty decent on the defensive side of the football this season, giving up just 23 PPG.
The Cons for the Wyoming Cowboys
We could talk in glowing terms about the Wyoming defense, but we cannot ignore that the offense was not that great at all, managing just 20 PPG this season. Furthermore, they only hit the 20-point mark once this season when playing FBS teams. The offense is taking a bit of a hit in this game, as they will be missing a pair of the wide receivers, with one in the transfer portal and the other one out injured.
It’s a similar story when you start to dig a little deeper into the betting trends with the Wyoming Cowboys. They are just 1-4 SU in their last 5 games that they started as an underdog. They are also 3-6 SU in Friday games when playing away from home, all of which makes betting on them to win a little more problematic.
Will the Wyoming Cowboys Win?
I think the one thing that we can expect here is a low scoring game, especially since Ohio will not have their starting QB playing on Friday. The bigger question is about who will win, and there are enough things here that have me leaning toward the Ohio Bobcats getting the win. If I was going to play this one at all, it would almost certainly be the UNDER.