The Pitt Panthers (7-5) travel to Detroit this week to battle the Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-6) in the 2019 Quick Lane Bowl. Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM EST on December 26th at Ford Field and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Pitt is currently listed as a 11-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 48.5 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Quick Lane Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Eastern Michigan vs Pitt
Pitt lost two consecutive games in late November to finish the season 7-5 overall. The Panthers couldn’t find a way to get past either Virginia Tech or Boston College, scoring just 19 total points over their last two outings. Pittsburgh was certainly well below average on offense throughout the regular season, barely averaging over 20 points per game while also getting held to under 375 total yards of offense per outing. They also ranked in the bottom third of FBS teams in terms of yards per play, averaging only 5.07 yards.
The Panthers were incredibly strong on the other side of the ball this year, surrendering under 22 points per game. Pittsburgh really did a great job shutting down opposing offenses on the ground, allowing an average of only 107 rushing yards per game.
Eastern Michigan won two out of their last three games to clinch a bowl appearance, finishing the regular season 6-6 overall. The Eagles offense really put on a show against Northern Illinois in what turned out to be their sixth win of the year, racking up 45 total points in a blowout win. QB Mike Glass III was fantastic, going 20/24 for 235 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air. RB Shaq Vann led the way on the ground, racking up 101 rushing yards and one touchdown on a team-high 14 carries. Overall, Eastern Michigan averaged almost 30 points and over 400 total yards of offense per game through their first 12 outings.
The Eagles weren’t nearly as impressive defensively during the regular season, giving up over 30 points and 425 total yards of offense per game. Eastern Michigan got absolutely lit up on the ground through their first 12 games, as their opponents averaged over 200 rushing yards per game.
2019 Quick Lane Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: OVER 48.5
A case could easily be made for avoiding this matchup altogether, as both the spread and the total look pretty efficient to me overall. While I do think that Pitt should find a way to win the 2019 Quick Lane Bowl outright with relative ease, I’m not so sure there is a ton of value laying double-digit points in order to take a team that only averaged around 20 points per game this year. However, I also don’t feel overly comfortable rolling with the Eagles in this particular spot either, as their defense really struggled to hold opposing offenses under 30 points per game. Therefore, the only bet that I would even consider taking on Thursday evening is the OVER on 48.5 total points scored.
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As good as Pitt was on defense this year, Eastern Michigan got lit up for at least 30 points in six out of their twelve outings during the regular season. The Panthers offense did show some signs of life against below average defenses as well, scoring 30+ points against UNC, Duke, and Central Florida. Ultimately, I’d much rather take my chances with the total than flip a coin against a very tough spread – especially since the OVER has come through in four out of Eastern Michigan’s last five games overall. I’ll roll the dice with the OVER on 48.5 total points scored in the 2019 Quick Lane Bowl.