Betting preview for Myrtle Beach Bowl: Marshall vs. UConn


Previewing the Myrtle Beach Bowl: Marshall vs. UConn

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This is the preview for the Myrtle Beach Bowl

Marshall (-10.5, 40) vs. UConn

Monday, Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. ET
Brooks Stadium (Conway, South Carolina)

Betting splits: 69% of handle, 60% of bets on UConn 10

Danny Burke – The Huskies are heading to their first bowl appearance since 2015 under first-year coach Jim Mora Jr. And, coincidentally enough, their opponent in this bowl game was their opponent in the last bowl game they attended. In 2015, Marshall defeated UConn in the St. Petersburg Bowl game 16-10. Unfortunately for the Huskies, their offense may be just as limited in their rematch as they face a loaded Thundering Herd defense. Marshall, per game, is allowing 16.2 points (7th), 88.8 rushing yards (5th) and 2.8 yards per carry (2nd). Conversely, UConn features an offense that runs the ball over 40 times, a passing effort limited to 107 passing yards and a scoring average of just 19.8 points per game, which ranks 115th nationally.

On the other side, Marshall racks up over 200 yards in both rushing and passing, and they average over 100 more total yards of offense per contest compared to the Huskies. But, despite all the numbers telling you how lopsided this game may be, the betting market seems to hold strong on Mora Jr’s crew. UConn opened as a 10.5-point underdog, and we have now seen that number drop to 10. In a game where the total is listed at 41, points are presumably going to come at a premium, so perhaps that favors the team catching double-digit points with a proven track record of covering this season (9-3 ATS). 

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