Gasparilla Bowl: Marshall Vs. UCF Betting Line And Pick 2019
2019 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Betting Preview
With one of the highest spreads in all of this season’s bowl games, the UCF Knights will take on the Marshall Thundering Herd in the Gasparilla Bowl. UCF has the advantage as they are coming off back-to-back appearances in major bowl games. The bowl game is being played in nearby Tampa.
Marshall Vs. UCF: Gasparilla Bowl Betting Line
|+17.5 (-110)||Spread||-17.5 (-110)|
|O 61.5 (110)||Total||U 61.5 (110)|
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Gasparilla Bowl Odds
Along with the talent gap, UCF has a significant advantage. MyBookie.ag has the spread for this game is at -17.5 for the Knights, with a total of 61.5 for the Gasparilla Bowl.
Will Thundering Herd Embrace Huge Underdog Role?
Can Marshall embrace the massive underdog role, and play to their ability? This is the question most fans want answered, especially if they are going to be on this bowl game. This version of UCF is not the scary Knights from the last two seasons.
If Marshall plays to their ability, it feels they have a great shot to go to Tampa and win this game. The Thundering Herd sit with a record of 8-4 and finished second in Conference USA’s East Division.
Marshall’s Offense Is On Fire
They are coming off a 30-27 win over Florida International in their regular-season finale. In that game, running back Brenden Knox capped a 146-yard day with a touchdown in overtime. Knox finished the regular season with 1,284 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns.
Marshall also saw Isaiah Green throw for more than 2,250 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Herd will look to keep this game defensive, as they scored just 26 points per game.
Knights Looking for Double-Digit Wins
While the standards of UCF has risen in recent years, ten wins is still a decent season for them. The Knights are seeking their 10th win during this Gasparilla bowl game. UCF started the season with wins in its first three games before a road loss at Pittsburgh. A loss at Cincinnati and another at Tulsa left them 9-3 for the season.
Showdown Between Offenses
The Knights remain one of the top passing offenses in college football. The Knights’ offense, in general, was elite again as they finished with nearly 540 yards per game.
UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel wrapped up the regular season with 3,393 yards and 27 touchdowns, with Gabriel Davis being his top target with 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Our Marshall Vs. UCF: Gasparilla Bowl Betting Pick
Look for the Thundering Herd to come out with a lot to prove in this bowl game. They feel a little slighted to be more than a two-touchdown underdog. But, when push comes to shove, the better team on the field is going to win the game. And the better team is UCF.
Look as the UCF offense wears Marshall down. Even if Marshall wants to keep the ball on the ground and slow the pace up a little bit, UCF can move it fast and score early and often.
Betting the Knights to cover the spread in this game is dangerous but it is hard to pass up 17.5. Bet Marshall +17.5 to cover the large spread.
Our Gasparilla Bowl Pick: Marshall Thundering Herd +17.5
2019 Gasparilla Bowl Game Information
- Date: Monday, Dec. 23, 2019
- Game Time: 2:30 pm ET
- Venue: Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
- TV: ESPN
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