In an unusually good bowl matchup, the Georgia Southern Eagles face off against the Buffalo Bulls in the Camellia Bowl. Two offensively minded teams match up in a battle that should catch viewers’ eyes and make it fun to watch.
The game may be off the radar on the NCAAF schedule with lesser name value for the more casual fans. However, this game is going to be exciting and worth a bet. So, let’s get right into our match preview to find out the Georgia Southern vs Buffalo Bulls best bets.
Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Buffalo Bulls
- Kickoff: Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 12 p.m. ET
- Where: Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
- TV: ESPN
Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Buffalo Bulls History
Before we go into our Georgia Southern vs Buffalo Bulls best bets, let’s take a look at the history between these two teams. These teams have never played, and it will be a first for them both. The Bulls moved to the FBS level in 1999, while the Eagles moved up in 2014. Their history in bowl football is not long, but this bowl game will cement their playing history.
Georgia Southern Eagles is 3-1 in their bowl game history, starting in 2015 and most recently in the 2020 New Orleans bowl. The Bulls are 2-3 in bowl games, with their last two being victories. This game could finally bring Buffalo to .500 in their bowl game history or prove that Georgia Southern is one of the most dominant bowl teams of the decade.
Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Buffalo Bulls Analysis
These two teams are offensive powerhouses in college football, and both score the ball well. Although one team scores more per game than the other, the opposition is more consistent.
Georgia Southern Analysis
Georgia Southern has some of the highest offensive rankings in college football, scoring over 33 points per game and ranking 19th in offensive yards per game with 467.8. When this team scores, they score a lot, with four NCAAF games of 40 points or more and two with 50.
Buffalo, on the other hand, sits much lower with 29 points and 376.4 yards per game. However, they have scored at least 20 points in every game this season except their season opener against Maryland.
Senior quarterback for Georgia Southern, Kyle Vantrease, has sprung onto the scene. His 3,900 passing yards rank 7th in the nation, with his 25 touchdowns ranking 19th as well. Despite the passing dominance, the Eagles still managed to have a combined almost 1700 yards on the ground paired with 23 touchdowns.
What the Eagles have in Vantrease, the Bulls have in junior linebacker Shaun Dolac. His 134 combined tackles rank 8th in the country, and his 90 solo tackles rank him No. 1 with no competition. In fact, the closest competition in solo tackles is UNC’s Cedrick Gray with 76. He is miles ahead of the competition, and one of his teammates is as well.
Buffalo Bulls Analysis
Bulls defensive back Marcus Fuqua leads FBS in interceptions with seven and is the only one to hit that mark. The defensive star power is apparent and may cause problems for a usually great offense.
Both teams have their strengths, and they will be very close. Despite the Eagles’ dominance on offense, the Bulls have two statistical monsters on the defense. What makes this a bit difficult for Buffalo is that Georgia Southern is 3-1 in out-of-conference play, while they are only 1-3.
However, the two teams are very similar. Although the Eagles have a much stronger all-time record, they rank similarly in many other categories. While Buffalo has had five bowl game appearances, Georgia Southern has four.
The two teams are only seven games apart in their all-time wins, and each team has had 15 NFL draft picks. The two teams not only match each other with 6-6 records on the season, but they are historically similar.
Georgia Southern Eagles
When making college football picks, it is important to take a look at the betting odds. Georgia Southern is coming into the match priced as the favorite at -170. They are also favorites to cover the -4.00 betting spread.
Buffalo is priced at +145 to win against Georgia Southern, which is not surprising. The spread is set at +4.00, and they will have a hard time keeping the game close.
Georgia Southern vs. Buffalo Betting Pick and Prediction
Barring any unexpected college football injuries, the game looks quite competitive. Also, Buffalo has kept it within four against their last three opponents.
However, each of those teams are nowhere near Georgia Southern on the NCAAF standings, and the Eagles will take the game away at -4. Their offensive presence is too much to overcome, and Buffalo only won by a single point against a 2-10 Akron team.
The over/under on the game sits at 67, and we recommend you go with the over here. Keeping consistent with the spread, in games the Eagles win, they average almost 44 points per game. With the Bulls having scored over 20 in their last 11 games, regardless of win or loss, we are looking at a potential 70+ point performance.
When making your Georgia Southern vs Buffalo Bulls best bets, take the Eagles -4.00 and over 67.0 points.