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    Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

    Where: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida
    Date & Time: Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
    Spread: Temple -7
    Over/Under Total: 55.5
    Quick Pick: TBD

    The Temple Owls will take on the Florida International University Golden Panthers on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET in the Bad Boys Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. This game is being played in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and can be seen on ESPN.

    Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

    The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl is an annual bowl that is played each year in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    This particular bowl has been around since 2008 and has tie-ins with the American Athletic Conference (AAC), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Conference USA (C-USA), Mid-American Conference (MAC) and Sun Belt Conference. The AAC plays either a team from the ACC or the C-USA, unless none are bowl eligible at which point they would choose a team from either the MAC or Sun Belt.

    This bowl has been called many sponsors in the past including MagicJack, Beef O’Brady’s and BitPay. This year, Bad Boy Mowers takes over the sponsorship for the Gasparilla Bowl. This will be the first time the Temple Owls have played in this bowl but FIU did play here in 2010 against the Marshall Thundering Herd, where they lost 20-10.

    Previous Matchup History

    This is the first matchup between the Temple Owls and the FIU Golden Panthers. The two teams did have two common opponents this year with both squads facing Central Florida and UMASS. Both teams lost to UCF, Temple 19-45 and FIU 17-61, and both teams defeated UMASS, Temple 29-21 and FIU 63-45.

    Temple Owls 6-6 (American Athletic Conference)

    The Temple Owls finished up their regular season 6-6 SU and ATS. They played half of their games under the posted total and half of their games over the posted total. They also split their games on the road and at home, going 3-3 both home and away. Temple won 3 out of their last 4 games and finished the season in 3rd place in the American Athletic Conference behind UCF (12-0) and South Florida (9-2).

    The Owls found themselves in a must win situation in their final game of the year, against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, to become bowl eligible. Temple went on the road needing the win to continue their season and were 4.5 point favorites in the game. Junior QB Frank Nutile was pinpoint accurate on Saturday afternoon going 20 for 28 for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns.

    This is the first time in Temple school history that they will appear in three bowl games over three consecutive years. The Owls are 2-4 in bowl game history and it should be noted that they haven’t won a bowl game since 2011. There are a ton of trends that support this game going over on behalf of Temple, such as they are 4-1 OU in their last 5 games on neutral sites, they are 5-2 OU in their last 7 non-conference games and also the fact that their last 5 games overall, all played over the posted total!

    Temple will have some extra added motivation to win this bowl game. Temple Head Coach Geoff Collins was the defensive coordinator for FIU in 2010 and led the Golden Panthers to their only bowl game win in the history of the program.

    FIU Golden Panthers 8-4 (Conference-USA)

    FIU finished up their regular season 8-4 SU and 6-6 ATS. They played 7 out of their 12 games over the posted total this year. They won their last 2 games of the regular season over UMASS and Western Kentucky by a combined score of 104-62. They Golden Panthers played their last 4 games straight, all over the posted total and 5 out of the last 6 overall, over the posted total.

    The Golden Panthers finished up in 2nd place in Conference USA this year behind only Florida Atlantic in the East. They tied the record for most wins in a single season under head coach Butch Davis.

    In their final game of the year, the Golden Panthers set a record for most points scored in a game, winning the game 63-45 over the UMass Minutemen. QB Alex McGough passed for 296 yards and ran for another 108 yards on the ground, while totaling 4 touchdowns on the day.

    FIU has not fared well lately in non-conference games, going 2-7 in their last 9 non-conference games. They have also had issues playing on neutral sites, where they are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on neutral sites. FIU is 1-1 all time in bowl games and this will be there first bowl appearance since 2011, when they played in the Beef O’Brady Bowl, which is now called the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

    Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Handicapping

    This bowl game features two head coaches that are both in their first year with their schools, hungry to get a bowl win. If you have to pick a team that runs the ball better, it would be FIU but the numbers are so close that it really doesn’t make that much of a difference with FIU 165 RYPG vs Temple 136 RYPG. If you’re looking for who has the better turnover numbers, you would go with Temple due to the fact that they are -6 vs. FIU being -1. The numbers here are close in nearly every category and nothing stands out that makes us lean one way or the other.

    Spooky’s Selection

    This game is too close to call right now. We are going to sit patiently and monitor the line movement, injuries and see what happens as we get closer to the game. Be sure to check back closer to the actual game to get an updated pick, including our thoughts on the total.

    Spooky Express Pick: TBD

    Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

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    Last edited by Bobalou; 12-13-17, 03:44 PM.

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    Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

    Spooky’s Selection

    We are going to roll with FIU in this game. The running game will come into play and we think it is closer than experts think. Take the points here (buy up half point) and roll with FIU+7

    Spooky Express Pick: FIU+7