Military Bowl Total Pick
A busy day of bowl action on Friday gets started with the Military Bowl at Noon ET when North Carolina faces off with Temple. Will it be a high-scoring game?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
227 North Carolina vs. 228 Temple
Friday, December 27, 2019
Noon ET – Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Field
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, North Carolina is the favorite in this game, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -4.5 points against Temple. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 53 points. The public betting currently has 55 percent going on North Carolina as the favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
UNC rolls into bowl
North Carolina won its final two games of the regular season, winning both by over 30 points. The Tar Heels come into Friday’s bowl game 6-6 on the season, 7-5 against the spread and 6-6 with the over/under total.
UNC is strong on offense, averaging 31.3 points and 469 yards per game this season. Defensively, UNC is giving up 24.6 points and 381.6 yards per contest. Sam Howell is leading North Carolina this season. He has thrown for 3,347 yards and 35 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. Michael Carter is the leading rusher with 919 yards and three scores while Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome each have 947 receiving yards and have combined for 19 touchdowns catches. Defensively, Chazz Surratt is leading the defense with 110 tackles and six sacks.
Temple won three of its last four games coming into the bowl. The lone loss was by two points at Cincinnati. The Owls come into this game 8-4 on the season, 8-4 against the spread and 6-6 with the over/under total.
The Owls are led by their defense, allowing just 23.5 points and 364.8 yards per game. Quincy Roche is leading the unit with 44 tackles and 13 sacks. Offensively, Temple is putting up 27.4 points and 402 yards per contest. Anthony Russo is leading the team with 2,733 passing yards and 21 touchdowns. Re’Mahn Davis is the top rusher with 900 yards and seven scores, while Jadan Blue is the top receiver with 87 catches for 975 yards and four touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
North Carolina has hit the under in six of their last eight at a neutral site, but is 8-3 with the over in their last 11 against a winning team.
The Owls have hit the over in four of their last five against ACC opponents and in five of their last seven neutral site games.
The Owls have been pretty consistent defensively this year, but struggled against high-powered offenses. UNC is moving the ball well as of late, scoring at least 31 points in five of their last seven games. The Tar Heels haven’t been a traditionally great defensive team, so I could see Temple seeing a boost in offensive production in this game as well. Some early scores from UNC could open the door for the over to hit as both teams will have to adjust their style of play.
Military Bowl Prediction: North Carolina/Temple Over 53