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2019 Quick Lane Bowl - Pitt Panthers vs Eastern Michigan Eagles

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The Pitt Panthers are hoping a return visit to the Motor City can get them back in the bowl win column. Pitt has lost four straight postseason games since knocking off Bowling Green, 30-27, in the final Little Caesars Bowl, which was played at Ford Field, the current home of the Quick Lane Bowl. The Quick Lane Bowl, organized by the NFL’s Detroit Lions, became the de facto replacement inheriting the time slot for the defunct Little Caesars Bowl. For the first time in program history Eastern Michigan is making back-to-back bowl appearances and the Eagles are heavy underdogs to win a bowl for the first time since the 1987 season.

2019 Quick Lane Bowl at a Glance

Date: Thursday, December 26, 2019

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan


Matchup: Pitt Panthers vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles

Odds: Pitt -11.5, total 49

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The regular season ended in disappointment for the Panthers, who were looking at a nine-win season and a more prestigious bowl game after knocking off North Carolina in overtime. A shutout road loss at Virginia Tech and a 26-19 setback to Boston College in the finale left Pitt at 7-5 SU. They also failed to cover in the last two games dropping to 7-5 ATS. Coach Pat Narduzzi has led Pitt to four non-losing seasons in his five years at the helm. However, he’s never ended a season with a bowl victory dropping the last three of the Panthers current four-game postseason slide. The teams have played twice previously with Pitt winning handily in 1995 and 2007. This will be the first bowl game between the schools.

After years of relying on a solid ground game, the Panthers opened things up in 2019 with Kenny Pickett directing the offense. The second-year starter threw for more than 300 yards in four games totaling 2,737 yards during the season. The aerial attack didn’t generate a lot of points though. Pickett has just 10 TD passes and the Panthers average 20.1 points per game to rank 116th in the 130 team FBS. That shows us what the team is built on and that’s a strong defense. Jaylen Twyman has 10.5 sacks and Paris Ford has a trio of interceptions and forced fumbles for a group that allows the 11th fewest yards and 21.8 points per game.

We can excuse Eastern Michigan for being giddy about competing in a bowl game since it doesn’t happen often for the folks in Ypsilanti. The Eagles are making their third postseason appearance in four years and second straight. Prior to the current run their last bowl was the 1987 Raisin Bowl, which produced the team’s only win. Like his Pitt counterpart, coach Chris Crieghton has yet to experience the exhilaration of a bowl victory, but he has led EMU to an unprecedented run of success with 25 wins over the last four seasons.

Turns out the early season win over bowl-bound Big Ten Illinois came in mighty handy. The Eagles reached the required number of wins by taking down Akron and Northern Illinois late in the year. They ended the regular season at 6-6 getting subdued 34-26 by Kent State in the finale. Mike Glass III gave opposing defenses in the MAC fits all season accounting for 3,189 yard of offense and 28 touchdowns. He completed nearly 68 percent of his throws for 2,844 yards and 21 touchdowns adding an additional 345 yards and seven scores on the ground.

Quick Lane Bowl Format

The Quick Lane Bowl is played at the home of the Detroit Lions, Ford Field, in downtown Detroit. The bowl replaced the Little Caesars Bowl which was in existence from 1997 to 2013, and it generally features an ACC team taking on a Big Ten opponent. If either conference doesn’t fill its bowl allotment, a MAC team is called in as a replacement.

Quick Lane Bowl Game Results

2018 Minnesota Georgia Tech 34-10
2017 Duke Northern Illinois 36-14
2016 Boston College Maryland 36-30
2015 Minnesota Central Michigan 21-14
2014 Rutgers North Carolina 40-21

The Quick Lane Bowl inherited the December 26 time slot of its predecessor and the inaugural game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and North Carolina Tar Heels was played on that day in 2014. Competing against each other in a bowl game for the first time, the Scarlet Knights got the outright 40-21 win as a 3.5-point underdog.

In one of the more thrilling games of the 2016 bowl season, Boston College held off a furious second half rally from the favored Maryland Terrapins to win its first postseason game in nine years, 36-30. The Eagles built a 36-13 lead in the third quarter before Maryland rattled off the final 17 points. In a strange twist the game’s MVP was awarded to the entire Boston College defensive line, which recorded eight quarterback sacks, knocked down a number of other balls at the line of scrimmage and harassed QB Perry Hills all game.

Another first-time meeting took place in 2017 when the Duke Blue Devils knocked off Northern Illinois, 36-14, breaking a second quarter tie by scoring the game’s final 22 points.

Most All-Time Wins at Quick Lane Bowl

2 Minnesota 2015, 2018
1 Boston College 2016
1 Duke 2017
1 Rutgers 2014

Only teams from the Big Ten and ACC have won the Quick Lane Bowl, and Minnesota’s victory over Georgia Tech last season makes the Golden Gophers the first two-time victory in this game. MAC representatives Central Michigan and Northern Illinois each came up empty in their appearances, giving the league a 0-2 record.

Ford Motor Company, based in Detroit, acquired naming rights to the game several months before the inaugural contest. The bowl was named the Quick Lane Bowl for Ford’s tire and auto center chain. A multi-year extension was agreed on in 2016, guaranteeing the Quick Lane sponsorship of the game through the 2019 season.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

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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