December 24, 2013

Military Bowl: Marshall vs. Maryland Pick

The Military Bowl is presented by Northrop Grumman in Annapolis, Maryland and will kick off on Dec. 27. That is good news for the Maryland Terrapins and the Marshall Thundering Herd who both have strong fan bases that should show up in droves for this bowl game.

Military Bowl: Marshall vs. Maryland Preview

The college football bowl odds for this game opened up with the Thundering Herd listed as (-2.5) point favorites. The early football betting public sided with the chalk in this bowl game as the sports betting consensus sites reveal that 59 percent of the wagers coming in are backing the Thundering Herd. This betting line is subject to change, so before placing a wager on this game make sure to check out the point spread listed as the top rated online sportsbooks in the business.

If Maryland wants to win this game they will have to carry momentum over from their latest win which broke a streak of sluggish play. The Terrapins struggled to 3-5 in the ACC and dropped four of their last six games but ended the regular season on a high note with a win at North Carolina State. That win was big enough to secure this bowl game. Maryland also has several college football betting trends in their favor for this game. The Terrapins are 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 non-conference games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 5-2 ATS when going up against a team with a winning record. Maryland was left out of bowl season in each of coach Randy Edsall’s first two seasons and they will be eager and very excited to play in this contest.

Unlike Maryland, Marshall is coming into this game off a loss as they dropped a crucial Conference USA game that would have secured them a championship. Marshall has a potent offense that is led by quarterback Rakeem Cato who was at his best during Marshall’s five-game win streak, tossing 19 touchdowns and two picks. The Herd also has some positive trends in this game. The Thundering Herd are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game and 4-1 ATS against a team with a winning record.

Military Bowl: Marshall vs. Maryland Pick

The Thundering Herd come into this game disappointed after losing the title game, while the Terrapins are riding a wave of momentum. Motivation is one of the most important aspects to handicapping bowl games, and in this game it belongs to Maryland. Take the Terrapins and the points in the Military Bowl.

Maryland +2.5

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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.

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