2019 Bahamas Bowl Betting Odds

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Bahamas Bowl Betting

For the sixth time in the history of the Bahamas Bowl we’ll see a matchup between teams making their first appearance in Nassau. And for the Charlotte 49ers it will mark the first bowl game in the program’s five-year history at the FBS level. Enjoying their first winning season at 7-5, the 49ers will battle the Buffalo Bulls in the first game of the 2019-20 bowl season. One team will emerge with its first bowl victory with the Bulls falling to 0-3 in the postseason with last year’s setback in the Dollar General Bowl. Buffalo hit the board as a 4.5-point favorite in the first ever meeting between the teams.

2019 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl at a Glance

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019

Time: 2 p.m. ET

Venue: Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas

TV: ESPN

Matchup: Buffalo Bulls vs. Charlotte 49ers

Odds: Buffalo -6.5, total 57.5

Bahamas Bowl Preview

It looked like more of the same for the 49ers as they continued to endure the growing pains as a major college program. Elevated to the FBS level in 2015 they won a total of 12 games over the first four seasons. A 52-10 loss at No. 1 Clemson in Week 4 deflated the club and started a four-game losing streak that left the 49ers at 2-5 with the program’s first bowl game looking like a fading memory. Something happened on the way to another losing season, and Charlotte heads to its first bowl on the heels of a five-game winning streak.

The transformation started with a win over North Texas, ending one streak and starting another. Chris Reynolds tossed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Victor Tucker with 18 seconds remaining for the game-winner as the 49ers overcame a two-touchdown deficit in the second half. They became bowl eligible with a win over Marshall in Week 13 and capped their first winning campaign by beating Old Dominion in the finale. The 49ers went 4-1 ATS during the winning streak.

The Bulls have bowl game experience, but it hasn’t been all warm and fuzzy. They reached bowl eligibility for the third straight season and are playing in consecutive bowl games for the first time. They lost 42-32 to Troy as a 2.5-point favorite in last year’s Dollar General Bowl. “We have an opportunity to do something that hasn’t been done here, at this school and in our program. We want to make sure we’re focused to do so,” coach Lance Leipold said.

One player who can make that happen is Jaret Patterson, who ran for a school record 298 yards and six touchdowns in a season-ending 49-7 win over Bowling Green. The sixth leading rusher in FBS with an average of 135.5 yards per game, Patterson is a major reason why the Bulls have the ninth-ranked run game. Buffalo scored 49 points in each of its last two wins and emerged victorious in five of its last six games while going 6-1 ATS over its last seven contests.

Bahamas Bowl Format

The Bahamas Bowl began in 2014 and has tie-ins with Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference and hasn’t wavered from that commitment. The game has the historic significance of being the first bowl to be played outside the United States and Canada between two U.S. teams since the January 1, 1937 Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba. It is held at Thomas Robinson Stadium in the capital of Nassau. While the venue is mostly used for soccer matches, it can be expanded to accommodate 23,000 fans for football games.

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl Game Results

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 FIU Toledo 35-32
2017 Ohio UAB 41-6
2016 Old Dominion Eastern Michigan 24-20
2015 Western Michigan Middle Tennessee 45-31
2014 Western Kentucky Central Michigan 49-48

The Bahamas Bowl couldn’t have started out much better. Western Kentucky and Central Michigan faced off in a classic, with the Hilltoppers claiming a wild 49-48 win. WKU led by 35 points late in the third quarter but Central Michigan came storming back. Titus Davis scored a touchdown after multiple laterals on the final play of the game and the Chippewas went for a two-point conversion to win the game, but a pass fell incomplete.

The 2015 game was close, too, with Western Michigan and Middle Tennessee knotted at 31 in the fourth quarter. The Broncos got a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs from Jamauri Bogan with a few minutes remaining in the contest to get the win.

Old Dominion picked up its first-ever bowl victory with a 24-20 win over Eastern Michigan in 2016. The game was tied heading into the fourth quarter until the Monarchs got a 5-yard touchdown reception from Jonathan Duhart which ended up being the deciding score.

For the first time in the bowl’s existence there wasn’t a directional school playing in 2017. Ohio’s Dorian Brown scored a Bahamas Bowl record four touchdowns to lead the Bobcats to 41-6 win over Alabama-Birmingham. The season wasn’t a total loss for the Blazers, who ended 8-5 in their first season since re-instating the program following a two-year hiatus.

The 2018 edition of the game was a wild one. There were a combined 29 points scored in the fourth quarter (and two touchdowns scored in the final minute) as Florida International beat favored Toledo 35-32.

Most All-Time Wins at Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
1 FIU 2018
1 Ohio 2017
1 Old Dominion 2016
1 Western Michigan 2015
1 Western Kentucky 2014

The Bahamas Bowl is still young and no team has been able to establish its dominance quite yet. Ten different schools have competed in the Bahamas Bowl, but that is likely to end soon as both leagues are beginning to run out of teams. It will be interesting to see which program returns regularly in the future.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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