Tuesday's NCAAF action: What bettors need to know

Nov 11, 2013 |
Ohio Bobcats at Bowling Green Falcons (-10, 49)

Second place in the Mid-American Conference's East Division will be on the line Tuesday night when the Bowling Green Falcons entertain the Ohio Bobcats. Bowling Green kept its division championship hopes alive a week ago, trouncing Miami (Ohio) 45-3 behind 252 passing yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Matt Johnson. The Bobcats saw their two-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt with a 30-3 drubbing at the hands of the Buffalo Bulls.

Following a pair of narrow losses to the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Toledo Rockets, Bowling Green returned to the strategy that made it a division favorite - stifling defensive pressure. The Falcons limited Miami (Ohio) to just 228 total yards and 16 first downs while forcing three turnovers - one of which BooBoo Gates returned for a touchdown. Ohio has had little trouble putting up points this season but ran into a brick wall against the formidable Bulls.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Bowling Green enters as a 10-point favorite, with the over/under set at 49.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-20s at game-time with partly cloudy skies and wind blowing diagonally out of the northwest at 4 mph.

ABOUT OHIO (6-3, 3-2 MAC): Ohio is led by senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who has had a remarkable season but couldn't get anything going against Buffalo. Tettleton completed just 14 of 31 passes for 126 yards while failing to throw for a touchdown for the first time since the Bobcats' season opener. It was the same kind of story for feature back Beau Blankenship, who managed just 68 yards on 20 carries with a longest rush of nine yards.

ABOUT BOWLING GREEN (6-3, 4-1 MAC): Johnson needed a strong effort against the winless RedHawks after being held without a scoring pass in each of his previous two games. The sophomore QB completed 20 of 26 passes while overcoming his first interception since a 48-7 triumph over Murray State back on Sept. 21. Second-year running back Travis Greene finished with 14 carries for 112 yards against Miami (Ohio), moving him past the 1,000 mark for the season.


* Bobcats are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games vs. teams with winning home records.
* Falcons are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games following a SU win of more than 20 points.
* Under is 8-2-1 in Ohio's last 11 games.
* The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.

Buffalo Bulls at Toledo Rockets (-3.5, 54)

The Buffalo Bulls put their unbeaten conference record on the line Tuesday night as they visit the Toledo Rockets in a matchup between Mid-American Conference foes. Buffalo improved its MAC East mark to 5-0 while extending its overall winning streak to seven games with a 30-3 drubbing of the Ohio Bobcats. The Rockets kept alive their slim hopes of a West title, trouncing Eastern Michigan 55-16 for its their fourth consecutive victory.

In addition to a pair of win streaks being at stake, Tuesday's showdown pits the stout Buffalo defense against a formidable Toledo offense. The Bulls have been sensational on the defensive side of the ball since being torched for 110 points in season-opening losses to Ohio State and Baylor, surrendering just 78 points in seven games since. They'll face a stiff test from the Rockets, who have erupted for a whopping 175 points over their last four outings.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
LINE: Toledo is listed as a 3 1/2-point favorite, with the over/under set at 54.
WEATHER: The skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures in the high-20s and wind blowing diagonally out of the northwest at 7 mph.

ABOUT BUFFALO (7-2, 5-0 MAC): Bulls quarterback Joe Licata isn't a big yardage guy, but has been one of the more consistent signal callers in the division. The sophomore completed 13-of-22 passes for 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Ohio, and has thrown for at least one score in each of his starts this season. Branden Oliver has been the offensive star of the team, rushing for 928 yards and nine touchdowns over his past five games.

ABOUT TOLEDO (6-3, 4-1 MAC): As good as senior quarterback Terrance Owens has been this year, he wasn't accumulating many yards - until last week, that is. Owens broke out for 375 yards on 18-of-24 passing while racking up three touchdowns for the second consecutive week. Running back David Fluellen (1,067 yards, 10 touchdowns) missed last week's game against Eastern Michigan with a leg injury and is questionable for this week's game.


* Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last five conference games.
* Rockets are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win.
* Under is 12-3 in Toledo's last 15 games.
* Buffalo is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.

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