Buffalo vs. Charlotte - 12/20/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Buffalo Bulls (7-5) at Charlotte 49ers (7-5)
College Football: Friday, December 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm (Thomas Robinson Stadium)
The Line: Charlotte 49ers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 51.5
The Buffalo Bulls and Charlotte 49ers meet Friday in the college football Bahamas Bowl at Thomas Robinson Stadium.
The Buffalo Bulls look for another win after winning five of their last six games. The Buffalo Bulls have lost four of their last six non-home games. Matt Myers is completing 46.7 percent of his passes for 602 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. Myers and Kyle Vantrease have combined for 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Antonio Nunn and Daniel Lee have combined for 912 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Zac Lefebvre has 19 receptions. The Buffalo Bulls ground game is averaging 254.2 yards per contest, and Jaret Patterson leads the way with 1,626 yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Buffalo is allowing 22.3 points and 293.1 yards per game. Joey Banks leads the Buffalo Bulls with 76 tackles, Taylor Riggins has 8.5 sacks and Kadofi Wright has two interceptions.
The Charlotte 49ers enter this bowl game on a solid five-game winning streak. The Charlotte 49ers have lost four of their last six non-home games. Chris Reynolds is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 2,366 yards, 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Reynolds has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Victor Tucker and Cameron Dollar have combined for 1,399 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Tyler Ringwood has 20 receptions. The Charlotte 49ers ground game is averaging 210.4 yards per contest, and Benny LeMay leads the way with 1,027 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Charlotte is allowing 32.5 points and 389.2 yards per game. Marquavis Gibbs leads the Charlotte 49ers with 94 tackles, Alex Highsmith has 14 sacks and Marquill Osborne has three interceptions.
The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The 49ers are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 5-13 ATS in their last 18 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 20-8-1 in Bulls last 29 games overall. The over is 4-0 in 49ers last 4 non-conference games.
The Buffalo Bulls have looked a lot more impressive against better competition, and they have an explosive ground game in Jaret Patterson and Kevin Marks that can simply suck the life out of an opponent. The Charlotte 49ers are likely going to have a hard time moving the football due to a strong Buffalo defensive front and a unit that's averaging 3.17 sacks per game, which is good for 12th in college football. It's a success for Charlotte to even be bowl eligible this season, but it's the Buffalo Bulls that get their first bowl victory in school history.