Memphis Tigers (6-3) at Florida Atlantic Owls (5-3)
College Football: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Cramton Bowl)
The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls +8.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Florida Atlantic Owl face off with the Memphis Tigers Wednesday in college football action in the Montgomery Bowl.
In this Montgomery Bowl matchup, the Tigers enter at 7-3 overall. Memphis fell to Tulane on December 5 but bounced back with a three-point win over Houston in their last appearance. As for Florida Atlantic, they’re 5-3 this season. The Owls have lost consecutive games to Georgia Southern and Southern Miss in their last pair. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Memphis started out the season at 3-1, then took a big 49-10 blowout loss against Cincinnati. After that the Tigers won three straight: 34-33 over South Florida, 56-14 over Stephen F. Austin and 10-7 against Navy. Following a 35-21 loss to Tulane, Memphis bounced back with a 30-27 win over Houston on December 12.
In the win over the Cougars, Memphis’ Brady White posted 246 yards with two touchdowns and an interception on 22-of-35 passing. Asa Martin led a tepid rush on 11 carries for 27 yards, and Calvin Austin added seven receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Over on the Florida Atlantic side, they came out of the gate strong this season at 5-1. Outside of a loss to Marshall, the Owls took out Charlotte, UTSA, Western Kentucky, FIU and UMass. Since then it’s been two losses for Florida Atlantic, 20-3 to Georgia Southern and 45-31 to Southern Miss.
In the loss to the Eagles, Florida Atlantic quarterback Nick Tronti posted 162 yards with one touchdown and one interception on 17-of-33 passing. Brandon Robinson caught five balls for 72 yards and a touchdown to lead the receivers, and James Charles added 79 yards and two scores off 16 carries.
The Tigers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against Conference USA and 2-5 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Memphis is 3-13 ATS in their last 16 in December and 0-5 ATS in their last five bowl games.
Meanwhile, the Owls are 4-0 ATS in their last four bowl games and 6-0 ATS in their last six neutral-site games. Florida Atlantic is 7-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Memphis here. This one’s a little tough though, as it’s been difficult to tell what to expect from either team this season. In any case, Florida Atlantic has notched two double-digit losses in their last pair, and the offense hasn’t exactly been consistent this season. Memphis has had their dud games as well (like 10 points against Navy in a win) but most times this season the Tigers are good for 30 points or so. I think the line on this one is about right, but I like Memphis to buckle down on offense and ultimately hit a cover.