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2019 Gasparilla Bowl - UCF Knights vs Marshall Thundering Herd

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Some familiar faces return to Tampa for the 2019 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl when the UCF Knights make the short trip to take on defending bowl titlist Marshall Thundering Herd. Both teams are making their bowl record fourth appearance with Marshall owning the game having won its previous three trips, including last year’s 38-20 triumph over South Florida. Marshall has won its last seven bowl games but enters this one as a big underdog against the high-flying Knights, who opened as a 17.5-point favorite.

2019 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl at a Glance

Date: Monday, December 23, 2019

Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida


Matchup: UCF Knights vs. Marshall Thundering Herd

Odds: UCF -17, total 61.5

Gasparilla Bowl Preview

Marshall has one of the better bowl records going 12-3 overall with wins in its last seven postseason trips, including all three at what is now the Gasparilla Bowl. The Herd was set to win the C-USA East until a late season loss to Charlotte allowed Florida Atlantic to overtake them in the division. Marshall beat the Owls, 36-32, earlier in the year and needed wins in its last two games to reach the conference championship. However, losing to the 49ers as a touchdown favorite in the next to last week of the regular season denied them the chance.

Behind Brendan Knox, who rushed for 146 yards and the game-winner, the Herd rebounded in the finale to turn back Florida International, 30-27, in overtime to finish 8-4 SU. It was another cover loss for the Herd though, who were favored by 10-points in that matchup and finished 4-8 ATS. Three times Marshall played as an underdog going 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS. They were spotted 14 points against Boise State in Week 2 and lost 14-7. Knox is the biggest offensive weapon rushing for 1,284 yards and 11 touchdowns during the regular season.

The bar has been raised for UCF so losing three games could be considered a down year. After their dramatic Peach Bowl win to cap an undefeated 2017 season, the Knights again went undefeated until getting thrashed by LSU in the Fiesta Bowl to close the 2018 campaign at 12-1. Despite that UCF can end 2019 with its third straight double-digit win season and this feels like a home game for the Knights. “All the Florida guys are definitely excited to be in their home state. It brings some extra juice to a game, especially a postseason game,” receiver Jacob Harris said.

The Knights shored up some defensive issues in their win over USF to finish 9-3 SU. After giving up more than 30 points in the previous two games, one of which was a dreadful loss to Tulsa as a 15-point favorite, they surrendered just a touchdown in their 34-7 takedown of their rival. Struggles containing opponents led to an awful stretch for UCF backers. They were just 1-7 ATS until covering the 24-point line against the Bulls. While the defense has holes, the offense can compete with the best. Dillon Gabriel had a spectacular campaign throwing for nearly 3,400 yards and 27 touchdowns, and the Knights amassed 536.6 yards and 43 points per game during the regular season.

Gasparilla Bowl Format

The game has gone by different names and has been played in South Florida since its creation in 2008. The first 10 editions were played at Tropicana Field before moving to Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and USF Bulls, in nearby Tampa for last season’s game. The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl has tie-ins with the American Athletic Conference and Conference USA with those two leagues giving us a second straight matchup in 2019.

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Game Results

2018 Marshall South Florida 38-20
2017 Temple Florida International 28-3
2016 Mississippi State Miami (Ohio) 17-16
2015 Marshall Connecticut 16-10
2014 North Carolina State Central Florida 34-27
2013 East Carolina Ohio 37-20
2012 UCF Ball State 38-17
2011 Marshall Florida International 20-10
2010 Louisville Southern Miss 31-28
2009 Rutgers UCF 45-24
2008 South Florida Memphis 41-14

Marshall returned to the Gasparilla Bowl in 2018 following a two-year absence and picked up where it left off, knocking off South Florida by a score of 38-20. Running back Keion Davis was named the game’s MVP.

Temple’s win over FIU in 2017 was the first for the AAC in three tries. The Owls scored the last 21 points over the final quarter-plus to turn a tight defensive struggle into a 28-3 laugher. Current AAC member USF won the maiden St. Petersburg Bowl in 2008 when the Bulls were members of the former Big East Conference.

There weren’t many nail-biters in the first several years of this bowl game, with only one game through 2013 ending within a single-digit margin. That close game came in 2010 when Louisville knocked off Southern Miss by a score of 31-28. The Cardinals rallied to tie the game and Chris Philpott hit a 36-yard field goal with 6:30 remaining for the win.

The games have been much better of late. North Carolina State beat UCF by a touchdown in 2014, Marshall beat Connecticut, 16-10, the following year, and the 2017 matchup was a classic as Mississippi State rallied for a 17-16 victory over Miami of Ohio. The Bulldogs trailed by nine points in the third quarter and scored a touchdown to pull close. Westin Graves hit a field goal early in the third quarter and the Mississippi State defense held strong the rest of the way.

Most All-Time Wins at Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

3 Marshall 2011, 2015, 2018
1 Temple 2017
1 Mississippi State 2016
1 North Carolina State 2014
1 East Carolina 2013
1 UCF 2012
1 Louisville 2010
1 Rutgers 2009
1 USF 2008

With a decade worth of games under its belt, the Gasparilla Bowl has only one multi-time champion with Marshall turning the trick in 2011, 2015 and 2018 in its three appearances. The game has cycled through a number of teams during its existence with just four schools appearing more than once. In all, 16 teams have played in the Gasparilla Bowl.

Central Florida is tied with Marshall for the most all-time appearances in the bowl, making it there three times with one victory. It makes sense with the proximity to the game that the Knights would be a common participant.

Notable MVPs in past Gasparilla Bowl games include Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson, Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles and North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

2019-20 College Bowls 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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