Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Ohio Bobcats NCAAF Myrtle Beach Bowl Betting Picks and Prediction for Saturday, December 16, 2023

Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Ohio Bobcats – This Saturday feature an intriguing Myrtle Beach Bowl matchup between the 6-6 Georgia Southern Eagles from the Sun Belt and 9-3 Ohio Bobcats out of the Mid-American Conference. This clash promises to be a riveting encounter for fans and bettors alike. With the game kicking off at 11:00 AM ET at Brooks Stadium and broadcasted on ESPN, it’s a pivotal moment for NCAAF daily picks enthusiasts. 

Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Ohio Bobcats

Date & Time: Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 11:00 AM ET

Location: Brooks Stadium


Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Ohio Bobcats Betting Odds

Georgia Southern-177-3.5 -11549 over (-110)
Ohio+157+3.5 -10549 under (-110)

Georgia Southern Eagles Analysis

The Eagles’ offense has struggled most of the year, scoring just 24.8 points per game. Quarterback Davis Brin leads the attack with over 3400 passing yards but has more interceptions (16) than touchdowns (22). Running back Jalen White brings big play potential with his 5.6 yards per carry and 9 rushing touchdowns. Wideout Khaleb Hood is Brin’s favorite target with 917 receiving yards. However, the Eagles average only 337 total yards per game and will need to be more consistent to keep up with Ohio’s scoring.

Defensively, Georgia Southern allows opponents 26.3 points per contest. While they can generate pressure and have 37 sacks on the year, their secondary has been vulnerable. The Eagles are giving up nearly 250 passing yards allowed per game. For them to slow down Ohio’s balanced offense, their defensive front must disrupt the backfield while the secondary limits big plays.

Ohio Bobcats Analysis

Ohio possesses a dynamic offense averaging 35.8 points and 441.5 total yards per game. Quarterback Kurtis Rourke directs the attack, throwing for over 2200 yards with an impressive 11-5 touchdown to interception ratio. Running back Sieh Bangura leads a strong ground game with 178 carries, 811 rush yards and 7 scores. The top receiving threat is Miles Cross who has hauled in 47 catches for 617 yards. This unit has scored at least 30 points in 8 straight contests. Rourke and Bangura’s effectiveness will determine how easily Ohio can move the ball.

The Bobcats’ defense has held opponents to just 22.8 points per contest. They have generated 23 takeaways while allowing only 349 total yards per game. Ohio dominates the time of possession battle with their methodical offensive approach. For the Bobcats to take control of this game, their defense must force Brin into mistakes. If they slow Georgia Southern’s offense and create turnovers, Ohio should coast to victory.

Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Ohio Bobcats Against the Spread

The Eagles are just 1-6 against the spread (ATS) in their last 7 contests. However, they have gone over the betting total in 4 of their previous 6 outings. Georgia Southern is 1-4 straight up in its last 5 games and has failed to cover in 6 straight Saturday games. The under has hit in 4 of the Eagles’ last 5 matchups with Mid-American foes. For bettors backing Georgia Southern, the over looks most promising given Ohio’s propensity to score points.

Meanwhile, Ohio has gone under the total in 12 of its last 16 overall. But when facing Sun Belt opponents, 7 of the Bobcats’ last 7 have gone over the posted number. Ohio is 5-1-1 ATS over its last 7 December battles. They have also stayed under the total in 10 of their previous 12 Saturday games. Based on trends, the over on the total could hit again thanks to Ohio’s offensive firepower.

Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Ohio Bobcats Free Pick

Based on odds, trends, team stats, and key players, here are the picks:

Moneyline: Ohio Bobcats (+157). The Bobcats’ stronger overall season performance and more consistent play make them a safer bet.

Spread: Ohio Bobcats +3.5 (-105). Given the Eagles’ struggles against the spread and the Bobcats’ decent ATS record in December, betting on Ohio to at least cover the spread seems prudent.

Total: Under 49 (-110). Considering the trends of both teams, especially Ohio’s tendency for games to go under the total, betting on a lower-scoring game is logical.

Predicted Score: Ohio Bobcats 27, Georgia Southern Eagles 20

In conclusion, while both teams have their strengths and weaknesses, the Ohio Bobcats appear to be the more reliable pick, especially for those betting with a Canadian sportsbook. Their stronger defensive play and more consistent offense give them the edge in this matchup. However, as always in the world of sports betting, surprises are always possible, and the final outcome may defy the odds.