Military Bowl Betting Preview & Free Pick: Virginia Tech vs. Tulane

Dec 25, 2023

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Welcome to Oskeim Sports’ Military Bowl betting preview and free picks report for Wednesday, December 27.  Oskeim’s award-winning sports handicappers provide bettors with valuable information on the Military Bowl between Virginia Tech and Tulane.  Be sure to check out Oskeim’s premium sports picks for sale at the online store!

Virginia Tech (-10) (-110) vs. Tulane

Report: Virginia Tech demonstrated character in the face of adversity during the regular season. Following three consecutive losses, the Hokies responded by going 6-2 ATS in their last eight games to become bowl eligible. Baylor transfer quarterback Kyron Drones took over the starting job following the Hokies’ loss to Marshall and never relinquished the position. Virginia Tech defeated Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Boston College and Virginia all by 17 or more points and Drones is a threat with his legs, finishing the regular season as the team’s No. 2 rusher with 642 yards.

Tulane enters off a loss to SMU in the AAC Championship game and will be missing several key starters, including quarterback Michael Pratt, wide receiver Chris Brazzell II (44 rec, 711 yds, 5 TD), and tight end Alex Bauman (33 rec, 273 yds, 5 TD). Defensively, Tulane will be without defensive back DJ Douglas (54 tkl, 2 pd, 3 INT), defensive lineman Devean Deal (40 tkl, 4 sk, 2 pd, 1 INT, 1 FR) and defensive lineman Keith Cooper Jr. (30 tkl, 5 sk, 2 pd). Head coach Willie Fritz accepted the Houston job so offensive coordinator Slade Nagle will serve as Tulane’s interim coach for the bowl game. Tulane was 3-7 ATS in its last ten games and it’s difficult to imagine a scenario under which the Green Wave will be motivated for this game.

Since 2000, college bowl teams whose average total during the regular season is at least five points less than their opponent’s average total are 211-140-66 ATS (60.1%), including 86-48-4 ATS (64.2%) since 2017, covering the spread by an average margin of +3.13 points per game. The foregoing situation contains a very strong 195-120-6 ATS (61.9%) subset angle that involves underdogs of thirteen points or less (or favorites), including 78-41-4 ATS (65.5%) since 2017, covering the spread by an average of +3.6 points per game. Virginia Tech falls into a very good 42-23-1 ATS (64.6%) contrarian system that invests on certain college bowl teams that have fewer wins than their opponent. This situation is 26-11-1 ATS (70.3%) since 2015, covering the spread by an average of +4.62 points per game.

Since 2014, college bowl teams that won three games or fewer the previous season are 34-12-2 ATS (73.9%) versus teams that won more than three games the prior season, including 5-2-1 ATS last bowl season. Virginia Tech demonstrated character in the face of adversity during the regular season. Favorites are 11-2 SU and 9-4 ATS in the Military Bowl and bettors have been correct in moving the line in seven consecutive Military Bowl games.

Finally, in the last 37 bowl games featuring an AAC team, the favorite is 25-12 ATS. Lay the points with Virginia Tech and invest with confidence.

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