The North Carolina Tar Heels (6-6) head to Annapolis this week to face the Temple Owls (8-4) in the 2019 Military Bowl. Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM EST on December 27th at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, UNC is currently listed as a 4.5-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 53 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Military Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Temple vs UNC
North Carolina crushed NC State 41-10 on the road their last time out to finish the regular season 6-6 and become bowl eligible. The Tar Heels scored 28 unanswered points in the third quarter and never looked back, completely shutting out the Wolfpack offense over the final 30 minutes of the game. QB Sam Howell played well, going 23/33 for 401 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air. Michael Carter and Javonte Williams led the way on the ground, combining for 155 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome absolutely torched the NC State secondary, racking up 280 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Overall, North Carolina averaged well over 30 points and 425 total yards of offense per game through twelve outings this year.
The Tar Heels were fairly average on the other side of the ball this year, surrendering close to 25 points per game. North Carolina managed to keep their opponents to an average of just over 375 total yards of offense per outing, including giving up less than 150 rushing yards per game.
Temple won three out of their final four games en route to an 8-4 record on the season overall. The Owls absolutely destroyed UConn at the end of November, locking up their eighth win of the year after a 49-17 victory. QB Anthony Russo went 14/23 for 247 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while also finding the end zone once on the ground as well. RB Re’Mahn Davis also chipped in, rumbling for 105 rushing yards and a touchdown on a team-high 17 carries. As a whole, Temple averaged just over 27 points and 400 total yards of offense per game during the regular season.
The Owls were slightly above average defensively this year, giving up under 25 points and 400 total yards of offense per game. Temple was especially impressive defending against the pass, holding their opponents to an average of 213 yards through the air per outing.
2019 Military Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: OVER 53
I’m really not seeing a ton of value against either the spread or the total, as both numbers look very accurate. I definitely don’t have a strong lean with either side against the spread in particular, as UNC had a tougher schedule during the regular season while Temple had the better overall record both outright and against the spread. Therefore, the only play I’m considering at all from this matchup is the OVER on 53 total points scored. Temple scored at least 29 points in two out of their final three games while North Carolina racked up 124 total points over that same time span.
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UNC was certainly involved in plenty of high scoring games down the stretch, as the total in three out of their final four games was at least 61 points. The Tar Heels defense wasn’t really all that great during the month of November either, surrendering at least 34 points twice. On the other side, Temple gave up 63 points to UCF and 45 points to SMU in back to back games during the second half of the season as well. I’m going to avoid throwing darts against a tough spread in favor of the OVER on 53 total points scored in what should be a highly entertaining 2019 Military Bowl on Friday afternoon.