2017 Birmingham Bowl College Football Betting Preview & Analysis

Posted by: Mike Davis

The first taste of bowl games is in the bag as this past weekend’s college football betting action is in the books. Not to worry however, as there’re a handful of bowl games on the horizon. One of the most promising has to be this year’s Birmingham Bowl, pitting the Red Raiders against the Bulls. Let’s take a look at what kind of action online sportsbooks are pitting for this weekend’s Texas Tech vs. South Florida matchup.

Birmingham Bowl – Texas Tech vs. South Florida – Saturday, Dec. 23rd

When: 12:00 pm ET

Where: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama


Stream: Watch ESPN

College Football Betting Odds:

Texas Tech Red Raiders +2 ½ (-110)          66 (-110)         +115

South Florida Bulls 2 ½ (-110)         66 (-110)         -135

Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders turned in a meager 6-6 record this year that included a 3-6 record in Big 12 standings. After that disappointing performance, Texas Tech found themselves ranked 7th overall in conference standings. Nevertheless, the program was able to garner an invitation to this year’s Birmingham Bowl, so they must have done something right. Texas Tech finished the 2017 season with a 2-1 record in their last three games. Specifically, the Red Raiders closed out the year with a college football betting triumph over Texas, 27-23. Notwithstanding that victory, the unranked Red Raiders are pegged as underdogs against the No. 23 program in the nation.

Without a doubt, the Texas Tech Red Raiders are at a marked disadvantage. And that’s on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. On the offensive side of things the Red Raiders are posting an average of 34.3 points per game. Comparatively, the South Florida Bulls are scoring 38.3 in each contest. That might not be that stark of a difference. However, things get real steep when comparing their defenses. At this time the Bulls are allotting 22.5, which is significantly less than the 31.8 the Red Raiders give up. With these figures in mind, bettors can make some calculated decision’s for this weekend’s Birmingham Bowl matchup.

South Florida Bulls

The South Florida Bulls delivered a 9-2 record this season. Integral to that was a 6-2 record in American Athletic – East. With that conference record, the Bulls were able to finish the season 2nd overall in the division. South Florida got off to a great start in 2017 as the Bulls were able to 7 straight. However, the Bulls lost some momentum as the conclusion of the season approached. Specifically, the Bulls posted a 2-2 record through their last four games of the season. But that isn’t stopping the sports teaser odds from favoring the Bulls straight up and giving them a 2 ½ point prediction to cover on the spread. What kind of chance does South Florida have of covering that line?

Considering that South Florida is sitting on a 5-6 against the spread record this season, bettors might be better off taking them straight up. The line is low enough for players to accumulate a chunky payout while the numbers make it clear that the Red Raiders don’t stand a chance in this one.