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Buffalo -6.5 vs. Charlotte, O / U 51
There has been a ton of action down there in this game as time will play an important factor. Forecasting requires light showers and continuous winds above 25 MPH, and this latest report is very important. While rain and snow have little effect on spreads or totals historically, the wind plays a huge part, leading to this total drop from 58 to 51.
According to a recent BetLabs report, 62.2% of the time collapses when there is continuous winds of at least 20 MPH during a college football game. The wind destroys the game and hits and if you need visuals, watch the 2005 NFL game between Chicago and San Francisco or any CFL game played in the Maritime Provinces. Both teams run the ball over 60 percent of the time, though this will not affect both teams as much as a team like Washington State or VMI would.
This will be the first bowl game in Charlotte’s history, so they will be excited on Friday. Healy will rise quickly to the coaching ranks, leading Austin Peay out of the desert in just three seasons at the FCS level, and quickly proving to be the right man to work with the 49ers. His team is almost an outsider against Buffalo, and that is a bit too much considering what we have seen from the bull in the cup season.
Buffalo has lost all three of his previous two-figure appearances, and MAC teams tend to suffer at this point. The conference is 2-3 in this cup game, and many players are enjoying the recovery from the bitter winter pretty much. This makes the 49ers a very lively +185 coin dog.
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Utah State -6.5 vs. Kent State, O / U 67.5
We haven’t seen nearly as much traffic in the Frisco Bowl, but there was some abrupt action. The Aggies were initially close to a two-digit favorite in college football betting odds, and the line has moved to the benefit of the Golden Flashes where it is today. Utah State dropped all the way to -4.5 in some online sports before rising once again, while the total opened at 65 and dropped to 63 before jumping to 67.5.
Kent State is one of the worst teams in the bowl this year according to advanced measurements. Bill Connelly’s SP + has the number 111 golds in the country and is ahead of two teams with a .500 or better record. Young, energetic coach Sean Lewis should have his team fired up for this game, though Kent State only plays in the second game of its cup in about five decades.
The Aggies are probably the most talented team, but Utah State has been promising all year. Jordan Love was supposed to be a dark horse Heisman Trophy contender, and the Aggies were expected to compete
for a Mountain West title. They were beaten by Air Force, BYU and Boise State in the second half of the season and their three wins by 4-8 Fresno State, 7-5 Wyoming and 2-10 New Mexico in the last month of the campaign were with 20 combinations.
Jordan Love and two other Utah players have recently been charged with marijuana possession, and it appears that this team has not fully focused on the state of Kent after a disorderly period. Teams at this point usually overflow in these games, so Kent State is also a live dog on Saturday.