Betting split update: The betting public is heavily backing underdog Eastern Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl. The Eagles are 13-point underdogs and 61 percent of the handle and 71 percent of the tickets bet are on them covering. A majority of tickets bet on the money line are on the Panthers (-500), but 52 percent of the handle is on Eastern Michigan (+360). Money likes the long shots!
Eastern Michigan comes into this game with a 6-6 record including a win over Illinois early in the season. The Eagles’ lone bowl win came in 1987.
Pittsburgh is a 7-5 team that let opponents hang around all season long. Despite its seven wins, Pittsburgh never beat a team by more than 10 points in 2019. The Panthers are 1-6 in its last seven bowl games.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
The Quick Lane Bowl will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday, Dec. 26 and can be seen on ESPN and WatchESPN.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Spread: Pittsburgh (-11) vs. Eastern Michigan
Point Total: 49 O/U (-110)
Money line: Pittsburgh (-400), Eastern Michigan (+310)
- The point total has gone under in five of Pittsburgh’s last six games.
- The point total has gone over in four of Eastern Michigan’s last five games.
- Eastern Michigan is 3-6 against the spread in its last nine games.
- Pittsburgh is 13-7 against the spread in its last 20 games.
The Best Bet
Eastern Michigan will need to win the turnover battle to win this one, but even if the Eagles don’t, they should be able to cover this spread. Pittsburgh has shown no ability to put teams away including a 10-point win over Ohio, another MAC team. After not winning a bowl game in more than 30 years, Eastern Michigan will come out hungry and get inside that 11-point spread.
Pick: Eastern Michigan +11
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