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2019 First Responder Bowl - West. Kentucky Hilltoppers vs West. Michigan Broncos

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When it comes to a Group of Five team with proud history the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers fill the bill. The modern era of Western Kentucky football began with Jim Harbaugh’s father Jack as he led the Hilltoppers program in transition from the 1-AA to the 1-A. Harbaugh ran the program, from 1989 through 2002 and elevated to a level of respectability and prominence unknown in its history. By contrast the Western Michigan Broncos have long been one of the most respected programs in the Mid-American Conference. Western Kentucky will face Western Michigan in what is expected to be a wild west shootout at the Serv Pro First Responder Bowl from Dallas.

2019 Servpro First Responder Bowl at a Glance

Date: Monday, December 30, 2019

Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas


Matchup: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Western Michigan Broncos

Odds: Western Kentucky -3, total 52.5

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The Western Michigan Broncos have a record of 7-5 straight up, 6-6 against the spread, and 4-7-1 under the total. Western Michigan finished in second place behind the Central Michigan Chippewas in the MAC West Division. Tim Lester had the unenviable task of replacing PJ Fleck as head coach of the Broncos and has made them into one of the best offensive teams in college football.  This will be the second straight season that Lester has led Western Michigan to a bowl berth. This season the Broncos finished 22nd in the nation for total offense and 57th for points allowed.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have a record of 8-4 both straight up and against the spread with 6-6 on totals. Western Kentucky finished in third place in the Eastern Division of Conference USA. WKU has national metrics of 88th for total offense but 21st for points allowed. The stark contrast of the Western Michigan offense and the Western Kentucky defense is seen as one of the most appealing characteristics of this matchup. Rookie Tyson Helton had a very successful debut as head coach as he inherited a proud program that was down but now restored as bowl eligible.

Servpro First Responder Bowl Format

The Serv Pro First Responder Bowl was founded in 2011 and is held at Gerald J. Ford Stadium, home of the Southern Methodist University Mustangs of the American Athletic Conference. The Serv Pro First Responder Bowl has conference tie ins with the Big Ten, Big 12, and Conference USA with a payout of $1.2 million. This Bowl has also been known as the Ticket City Bowl, Plains Capital Bank Bowl, Zaxby’s Bowl, and Serv Pro First Responder Bowl since 2018.

Servpro First Responder Bowl Game Results

2018 Boston College Boise State Game Cancelled due to weather
2017 Utah West Virginia 30-14
2016 Army North Texas 38-31
2015 Washington Southern Mississippi 44-31
2014 Louisiana Tech Illinois 35-18
2013 North Texas UNLV 36-14
2012 Oklahoma State Purdue 58-14
2011 Houston Penn State 30-14
2010 Texas Tech Northwestern 45-38

We’re eight seasons into the Servpro First Responder Bowl’s existence and we’ve had eight different winning teams and only one school has made more than one trip to Dallas for this event.

During the first two years of its existence the game was known as the TicketCity Bowl. Playing each other for the first time ever, Texas Tech defeated Northwestern 45-38 in the inaugural game on January 1, 2011.

After the initial shootout, the bowl produced four-straight where the losing team failed to score 20 and the winning team cruised to victory. Lately, however, the high scoring shootouts have returned with 75 points when Washington beat Southern Miss in 2015 and 69 points in Army’s 38-31 win over North Texas two seasons ago. It was the second appearance for the Mean Green, the most of any school.

Utah kept the Pac-12 perfect at the Servpro First Responder Bowl by defeating West Virginia, 30-14, in the latest finished game. Will Grier didn’t play, and the Mountaineers were limited to 153 total yards, which was only slightly more than the 150 yards Utah’s Zack Moss amassed on the ground. The Utes became the eighth favorite in as many games to win straight up.

Most All-Time Wins at Servpro First Responder Bowl

1 Utah 2017
1 Army 2016
1 Washington 2015
1 Louisiana Tech 2014
1 North Texas 2013
1 Oklahoma State 2012
1 Houston 2011
1 Texas Tech 2010

We’re still waiting for the first multiple game winner in this bowl after Utah became the eighth different champion with its defeat of West Virginia in 2017.

The first winner of the bowl was Texas Tech, getting the victory in its home state. The southern teams won the first five games with victors from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The last three winners, however, have come from a bit further away with Washington, Army and Utah coming out victorious.

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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