Montgomery Bowl Betting Preview: Florida Atlantic Owls vs. Memphis Tigers – Dec. 23, 2020

The Memphis Tigers and Florida Atlantic Owls will face off in the 2020 Montgomery Bowl. Both teams are looking to cap off the season with a positive outlook going into next season.

Date: December 23, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM ET

Watch: ESPN

Venue: Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, AL

The Teams

Memphis Tigers (7-3)

Memphis is looking to end their solid season with another great performance. They defeated the likes of UCF, 50 to 49, and there only three losses were up against teams that had finished the regular season over .500. One of those includes the undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats.

The Tigers rank 58th in the country with points per game, at 31.6 but they give up 29.7. Total yards per game come in at 451.5 while allowing 448.7.

On offense, passing yards make up the most of this at 310.3 a game. However, they also allow 303 passing yards a game.

So really, a majority of their games have been close calls. However, they have found what it takes to end the game in their favor.

Florida Atlantic Owls (5-3)

Florida Atlantic started off their season strong with a 5-1 record just after their first six games. Then, they were unable to keep the high level of play going with their last two games of the season.

With a two game skid, it was tough to see this team lose focus. One of those tough losses included a 45-31 game to Southern Mississippi, who themselves finished their season at 3-7.

The Owls average just 20 points a game this season ranking 110th. On defense they allow 16.5 points per game. Total yards are at 328.9 but also giving up 326.4 a game.

On offense, rushing yards make up the most of their production at 185.3. On defense they have been able to slow down teams to 150.8 rushing yards a game.

Odds For This Event

The market has been somewhat favoring Memphis since the opening. For the spread, BetOnline has the odds currently placed at:

Memphis: -10 (-110)

Florida Atlantic: +10 (-110)

*odds are subject to changes

Free Betting Pick

Memphis comes into this matchup with a great high passing offense. However, Florida Atlantic also has a high passing defense.

To combat this, the top passing offense that the Owls have faced this year was Marshall, who came into that matchup nearly 42 spots lower than what Memphis placed in that category.

This alone could be a huge deciding factor in this game. So in turn, you could see Memphis play one of their best offensive performances at the 2020 Montgomery Bowl.

The Owls do have an interesting bet on their heads. They have the potential to keep this one close and only lose by a touchdown. We will jump on FAU today and take the points. Buy the half point and roll with the Owls +10.

Spooky Express Bowl Pick: Florida Atlantic +10 (buy 1/2 again line is going up in our favor)

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