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Birmingham Bowl Betting

If the Boston College Eagles and Cincinnati Bearcats can continue a recent trend, the 2019 Birmingham Bowl should be an entertaining affair, which is all you can ask from a mid-tier bowl. Each of the last three games have seen 70 or more points scored and all of them had a one-score margin, including overtime in the 2016 tilt. BC became bowl eligible with a win in the regular season finale but relieved Steve Addazio of his head coaching job after not winning more than seven games in any of his seven seasons. Assistant Rich Gunnell will serve as interim coach for the bowl game.

2020 Birmingham Bowl at a Glance

Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020

Time: 3:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

TV: ESPN

Matchup: Boston College Eagles vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

Odds: Cincinnati -7, total 55

Birmingham Bowl Preview

BC will have a new head coach and starting running back when it takes the field in its first Birmingham Bowl appearance. Star running back A.J. Dillon announced he’s foregoing his senior season to enter the NFL. And after the career he had Dillon should be a valued commodity at the next level. However, his star power wasn’t enough to keep Addazio around after the Eagles failed to gain any traction in the ACC under his watch. And they were in danger of missing out on a bowl for a second straight year until a 26-19 win over Pitt in the final regular season game when the Eagles were a 9-point dog.

Dillon ran for 1,685 yards to rank fourth nationally and he leaves as BC’s career rushing leader. The Eagles had the sixth-best ground game in the FBS with 267.4 yards per game and will turn to David Bailey to pick up the slack. Bailey wasn’t too shabby in his role amassing 816 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 5.8 yards per carry. A leaky defense denied the Eagles a few more wins. They gave up 48 points in a stunning loss to Kansas as an 18.5-point favorite, and were shellacked by Notre Dame and Clemson. The group ranked 125th out of 130 FBS teams in yards allowed and conceded 31.7 points per game.

The Bearcats posted at least 10 wins for the seventh time in 13 seasons by going 10-3. And, oh, what could have been. Their losses were to CFP participant Ohio State and twice to New Year’s Six invite Memphis, with those two coming in back-to-back games. Cincy had a clean slate on its AAC ledger until dropping the final regular season game in Memphis, 34-24. That set up a rematch on Championship Saturday with the Tigers prevailing again, 29-24. The Bearcats head to their second Birmingham Bowl with a 10-3 SU and 8-5 ATS record. One of their nine bowl wins came in the second edition of this game, 31-21, over Southern Miss following the 2007 season. The Bearcats are 9-9 all-time in bowl games.

The absence of Desmond Ridder in the first game against Memphis was a blow. His return in the ACC title game at least gave the Bearcats a chance. He’s more mobile than backup Ben Bryant and provides a running option. Ridder’s accuracy issues were a big reason why the passing game faltered. He completed less than 55 percent of his throws and had 17 touchdowns. Michael Warren has chewed up better defenses than BC’s rushing for 1,160 yards and 14 scores.

Birmingham Bowl Format

The Birmingham Bowl has existed since 2006 and is played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the oldest and most famous stadiums in the country. Legion Field is the home of the UAB Blazers of Conference USA. The Birmingham Bowl has tie-ins with the AAC and SEC.

Birmingham Bowl Game Results

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 Wake Forest Memphis 37-34
2017 South Florida Texas Tech 38-34
2016 South Florida South Carolina 46-39 (OT)
2015 Auburn Memphis 31-10
2014 Florida East Carolina 28-20
2013 Vanderbilt Houston 41-24
2012 Ole Miss Pittsburgh 38-17
2011 SMU Pittsburgh 28-6
2010 Pittsburgh Kentucky 27-10
2009 Connecticut South Carolina 20-7
2008 Rutgers North Carolina State 29-23
2007 Cincinnati Southern Miss 31-21
2006 South Florida East Carolina 24-7

USF became the first two-time winner with an overtime thriller over South Carolina in 2016. They added another Birmingham Bowl trophy to their mantle with a 38-34 win over Texas Tech in 2017 to become the first team with three trophies, and it will likely be some time before the Bulls are surpassed. Bulls quarterback Quinton Flowers earned his second straight MVP by throwing four touchdown passes, including the game-winner with only 16 seconds left on the clock.

USF’s historical run at the Birmingham Bowl began in 2006 when the Bulls defeated East Carolina 24-7 in the inaugural game. It was the first time a bowl game had been played in Birmingham since the 1990 All-American Bowl. This bowl game was played in January for six seasons before moving back to a December format in 2015, but it will be moved back to January starting this season.

Most All-Time Wins at Birmingham Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
3 South Florida 2006, 2016, 2017
1 Wake Forest 2018
1 Auburn 2015
1 Florida 2014
1 Vanderbilt 2013
1 Ole Miss 2012
1 SMU 2011
1 Pittsburgh 2010
1 Connecticut 2009
1 Rutgers 2008
1 Cincinnati 2007

USF is the only multiple-game winner and the Bulls matched Pitt for most appearances with their third in 2017. Pitt’s three trips have resulted in just one victory, that coming with a 27-10 win over Kentucky in the 2010 season playing. The Birmingham Bowl hasn’t been good to teams from the Carolinas. South Carolina and East Carolina have made it to the Birmingham Bowl twice, but both teams lost their two appearances.

The AAC has been represented in all 12 games, including teams from the former Big East Conference, which reorganized into the American for the 2013 season. The AAC/Big East is 7-6 with the SEC also owning a winning record at 4-3 on the strength of four straight wins from 2012 to 2015.

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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