Marshall vs. Florida International Pick & Point Spread: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl: December 20th 2011
2011 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl – The Florida International Golden Panthers and the Marshall Thundering Herd will both be looking to cap off their respective seasons with a victory when they meet in the 2011 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl on Tuesday December 20 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Thanks to this expert NCAAF betting breakdown, Touthouse gamblers everywhere will get the inside scoop they’ll need in order to make a pair of informed wagers on this season-ending bowl game.
2011 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl
Marshall vs. Florida International
When: Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Live from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
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Point Spread: Florida International Panthers (-4) vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (+4) Over/Under 48.5
Florida International (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS, 3-8-1 O/U)
The Golden Panthers will bring a three-game SU and ATS winning streak into this matchup that includes their season-ending 31-18 win over Middle Tennessee as a 7.5-point road favorite.
FIU is led by senior quarterback Wesley Carroll who passed for 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions as the team averaged 219.2 passing yards per game (69th) while also ranking 70th in rushing (151.2 ypg). The Golden Panthers averaged 26.2 points per game this season (68th).
The Golden Panthers were a monster on defense this season as they ranked 33rd in total yards allowed, 64th against the pass (226.7 ypg), 24th in rushing (121.8 ypg) and a stellar 16th in points allowed (19.4 ppg).
The Panthers are making consecutive bowl appearances for the first time in school history after beating Toledo 34-32 in last season’s Little Caesar’s Bowl.
Here is a look at the Golden Panthers’ Key Trends this season.
The Golden Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
The Golden Panthers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.
The Under is 3-0-1 in Golden Panthers last 4 non-conference games.
The Under is 6-1-1 in Golden Panthers last 8 games overall.
The Under is 4-1-1 in Golden Panthers last 6 games in December.
Marshall (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS, 5-7 O/U)
The Marshall Thundering Herd closed out their regular season by winning their final two games, including their 34-27 overtime win over East Carolina as a 1-point home favorite.
Marshall ranked 74th in passing (212.2 ypg), an uninspiring 92nd in rushing (123.1 ypg) and 98th in the nation in scoring (22.0 ppg) as freshman quarterback Rakeem Cato struggled this season in his first year as a starter, throwing 13 TD passes and 10 interceptions.
The Thundering Herd finished 100th in the country in passing yards (262.8 ypg) and a dismal 84th in the country in points allowed (30.2 ppg). Marshall is 6-3 all-time in bowl games and beat Ohio 21-17 in the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in their last bowl game appearance.
Here is a look the Marshall’s key trends this season.
The Thundering Herd are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in December.
The Thundering Herd are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 bowl games.
The Under is 5-1 in Marshall’s last half-dozen Bowl games.
The Over is 4-1 in Thundering Herd L/5 games overall.
The Under is 6-2 in Thundering Herd L/8 games in December.
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