The Charlotte 49ers (7-5) battle the Buffalo Bulls (7-5) on Friday in the 2019 Bahamas Bowl from Nassau. Kickoff is set for 2:00 PM EST on December 20th at Thomas Robinson Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Buffalo is currently listed as a 5.5-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 54 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Bahamas Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Charlotte vs Buffalo
Buffalo won five out of their final six games to close out the regular season after a bit of a slow start to the year. The Bulls finished with a 7-5 record overall after a very impressive 49-7 home victory over Bowling Green at the end of November. RB Jaret Patterson really put on a show against the Falcons, torching the defense for 298 rushing yards and six touchdowns on a game-high 26 carries. Kevin Marks also got in on the scoring parade, rumbling for 107 yards and a score on 14 totes. There is no doubt that Buffalo was really firing on all cylinders offensively from the end of October onward, scoring at least 43 points in four out of their last five outings.
The Bulls have really improved defensively in recent weeks, giving up 20 points or less in four out of their last six games. However, they did still give up at least three touchdowns to both Toledo and Kent State, so they will need to be at their best if they want to slow down a more than capable 49ers squad.
Charlotte closed out their regular season by winning five consecutive games to finish the year 7-5 overall. The 49ers offense had a big outing their last time out, exploding for five touchdowns in a 38-22 victory over Old Dominion. QB Chris Reynolds went 9/12 for 166 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while RB Ben Lemay rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Victor Tucker ran circles around the Monarchs secondary, recording 118 receiving yards and a touchdown on just three catches.
The 49ers didn’t exactly perform all that well on the other side of the ball this year, giving up at least 38 points on five separate occasions. That could spell trouble for Charlotte in this matchup against a Buffalo offense that has been scorching hot over the past couple of months.
2019 Bahamas Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: Buffalo -5.5
It’s hard not to like the Bulls against the spread in this particular matchup, as they have certainly been the more consistent team on both sides of the ball so far this season – especially defensively. While both offenses averaged over 30 points per game, Buffalo gave up over ten points less per game on the other side of the ball. Charlotte really struggled to slow down opposing offenses for most of the year, getting lit up for over 32 points per game.
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The 49ers were also only .500 against the spread during the regular season, while Buffalo managed to finish the year with a winning record ATS following their blowout victory to close out their schedule. The Bulls offense looks to be in an ideal spot against a bad Charlotte run defense that gave up almost 200 yards per game on the ground. That weakness plays to Buffalo’s strength, as they managed to average over 250 rushing yards per game this season. It is also important to note that the 49ers running attack doesn’t match up well in this particular spot, as the Bulls gave up well under 100 yards per game on the ground. I’ll lay the 5.5 points and lock in Buffalo against the spread right now, as I think that this number could continue to move up as we move closer to Friday – don’t be shocked if the spread is at least a full point higher just before kickoff. Give me the Bulls to cover!