Bowl Pick: MagicJack
St. Petersburg, Florida is the host of the aptly named 2008 MagicJack Bowl, which features the Memphis Tigers and the South Florida Bulls.
Our team of writers and handicappers break down the matchup and hand out a College Football Free Pick for the 2008 MagicJack Bowl, which takes place Saturday December 20 at 4:30PM ET.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made South Florida -11.5 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 53 total points.
Top Public Betting Trend: The total has gone under in four of South Florida’s last five games, while the Bulls are just 1-4 straight up in their last five contests. Memphis is 6-3 straight up in their last nine games.
Key Stat: Memphis has gashed opponents on the ground this season, averaging 205.6 rushing yards per game. Memphis is also averaging 28.3 points per game.
Game Outlook: Considering the Bulls play at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, this game in St. Petersburg is almost like a home game for them. But with that, the oddsmakers did bettors a favor by making the spread too high. Despite their 6-6 record, the Tigers have been competitive all season and have a deadly running game. South Florida does match up well with a stout front seven, but Memphis has had success most of the second half of the season. They’ve also covered three of their last five games, including two of their last three. The Bulls, meanwhile, have failed to cover the spread in each of their last three games and have lost four of their last five contests. USF is in a tail spin and quite frankly, haven’t been that dominant this year to be favored by almost two touchdowns. South Florida should come away with a victory, but Memphis is going to keep this one close. For the rest of our Free College Football Bowl Pick, see below.
Our Free College Football Bowl Pick for the MagicJack Bowl matchup between the Memphis Tigers and South Florida Bulls game is
MEMPHIS TIGERS +11.5
TheSpread.com Projected Final Score
South Florida 28
We also predict that this game will GO UNDER THE TOTAL (53 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS
Posted: 12/20/08 10:00AM ET