The GA Southern Eagles (7-5) head to Orlando this weekend to face the Liberty Flames (7-5) in the 2019 Cure Bowl. Kickoff is set for 2:30 PM EST on December 21st at Exploria Stadium and the game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Georgia Southern is currently listed as a 5-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 57.5 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Cure Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: GA Southern vs Liberty
Liberty snapped a two game losing slide their last time out after crushing New Mexico State 49-28 at home to finish the regular season at 7-5 overall. The Flames gave up four touchdowns on defense but were fantastic offensively, racking up seven touchdowns of their own en route to a convincing double-digit victory. QB Stephen Calvert passed for 169 yards and a touchdown through the air but it was RB Frankie Hickson who stole the show, exploding for 196 rushing yards and four touchdowns on a game-high 29 carries. Overall, Liberty averaged almost 34 points and over 440 total yards of offense per game over their first 12 outings.
The Flames weren’t nearly as impressive on the other side of the ball this year, surrendering almost 30 points per game. Liberty really struggled to slow down opposing offenses on the ground, getting lit up for close to 200 rushing yards per outing.
GA Southern won two out of their last three games to close out the regular season, beating Georgia State 38-10 their last time out to end up 7-5 overall. The Eagles jumped out to an early 17-7 lead and never looked back, allowing the Panthers offense to score just a single field goal over the final three quarters of the game. RB J.D. King was clearly the star of the game on offense, as he torched the defense for 107 rushing yards and three touchdowns. As a whole, Georgia Southern averaged almost 30 points per game during the regular season.
The Eagles defense was below average in most major defensive categories during the regular season, giving up nearly 400 total yards of offense and 30 points per game. GA Southern was especially poor defending against the pass, allowing over 240 yards per game through the air.
2019 Cure Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: OVER 57.5
I’m really not seeing a ton of value against the spread with either side in this particular matchup, as the number currently looks pretty efficient to me overall. However, I do think that the total is still just a tad too low, as both of these schools averaged almost 30 points per game on offense during the regular season. Neither defense was particularly impressive either, as each team surrendered an average of 29 points per game to opposing offenses through their first twelve games. Therefore, the only play from the 2019 Cure Bowl that I feel strongly enough to take a shot on is the OVER on 57.5 total points scored in what should be a highly entertaining, back and forth battle.
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It is also important to note that the total has now gone OVER in four out of Georgia Southern’s last five games overall. The OVER has also come through in five out of their last six outings away from Allen E. Paulson Stadium as well. On the other side, the OVER has hit in five out of Liberty’s last six games overall. I’m going to avoid throwing darts against a tough spread in favor of the OVER on 57.5 total points scored in this matchup, as both offenses should have consistent success against a pair of below average defenses.