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LendingTree Bowl Betting 2023 Odds, Predictions, Preview
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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles defeated the Rice Owls 38-24 in the 2022 Las Vegas Bowl.
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The Rice Owls are the only 5-7 team taking part in bowl season this year. There weren’t enough 6-6 teams to fill the allotted bowl slots, so Rice was able to make a bowl game as the 5-7 team with the highest APR.
To no one’s surprise, they are underdogs per the college football betting odds against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in the LendingTree Bowl. This bowl game will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at 5:45 p.m. ET from Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
Rice Owls vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles Betting Prediction
Neither the Rice Owls nor the Southern Miss Golden Eagles ended the year on a high note. Rice was 5-4 and lost three straight games to close out the regular season. The Owls were blown out by 30+ points in four of the losses, and all four of their FBS wins were by 12 points or less.
Meanwhile, Southern Miss lost three straight games in November but defeated Louisiana-Monroe to get to 6-6. The Golden Eagles were able to upset Tulane and nearly knocked off Liberty in their season opener, showing a much higher ceiling than the Owls. Southern Miss is the play considering what we have seen from the Golden Eagles at their best and the relative strength of the Sun Belt in comparison to Conference USA.
The play is the Golden Eagles to win and cover the LendingTree bowl matchup.
Score Prediction: Southern Miss 27, Rice 17
Best Bet: Southern Miss -6
These teams will meet in the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. ET from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rice Owls vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles Betting Odds
Rice Owls vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles Betting Resources
- Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022
- TV-Time: ESPN, 5:45 p.m. ET
- Venue: Hancock Whitney Stadium
- Location: Mobile, Alabama
- Expert Picks
Rice Owls vs. Betting Analysis
Freshman A.J. Padgett will be the starting quarterback for Rice in this game. T.J. McMahon was the starter for the Owls for most of the season, but he was injured in Rice’s loss to Western Kentucky last month and hasn’t seen the field since that point. Padgett began the year as the Scout Team QB, but he saw action in Rice’s last two games, and head coach Mike Bloomgren has decided to go with the youngster in the LendingTree Bowl. In losses to UTSA and North Texas, Padgett completed 20 of 40 passes for 339 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
The good news for Padgett and the Owls is that star receiver Luke McCaffrey is expected to play after missing more than a month due to injury. McCaffrey was the team’s top receiver after transferring in from Nebraska, and he has 51 receptions for 656 yards and six touchdowns on the season. That hurt the effectiveness of Bradley Rozner as teams focused on stopping him in the passing game. Rozner was Rice’s big play threat with 41 catches for 834 yards and nine TDs. Rice threw more interceptions than any other team in college football this season, so keep that in mind on Saturday.
The Owls are the second-worst team taking part in a bowl game per SP+. Rice has the 111th ranked defense in the nation by SP+, as this unit has been unable to stop the run or the pass. They are surrendering 6.2 yards per play (120th in the nation), and the Owls rank dead last nationally in turnover margin.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Betting Analysis
Frank Gore Jr. is the star for Southern Miss. The son of the future Hall of Fame running back has been solid during his three years in Hattiesburg, and he surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in 2022. Gore has run for 1,053 yards (5.1 YPC) and seven touchdowns, and he has proven to be a solid passer in certain “Super” formations where he takes the snap.
There isn’t much else of note on this offense for the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss has started four different quarterbacks this season, and head coach Will Hall has stated that junior Trey Lowe will be QB1 in this game. Lowe started the last three games of the season for the Golden Eagles, completing 47 of 86 passes for 632 yards with two touchdowns and an interceptions. Jason Brownlee is the go-to receiver in this offense by a country mile with 52 receptions for 819 yards and seven touchdowns on the year.
Southern Miss has a very good defense. The Golden Eagles rank 40th in Defensive SP+, and they have done an excellent job stopping the run. To make matters worse for Rice, this has been an opportunistic secondary with 16 interceptions on the year. Safety Jay Stanley is someone to watch with four interceptions and three forced fumbles on his way to being named Third Team All-SBC.
LendingTree Bowl History
The LendingTree Bowl began in 1999 and the matchup currently features schools from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and the Sun Belt. The game takes place at Ladd Peebles Stadium from Mobile, Alabama. This game was previously called the Mobile Alabama Bowl, GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl, GMAC Bowl, GoDaddy.com Bowl and Dollar General Bowl.
Arkansas State has made the most appearances with four while owning a 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS record. Appalachian State won the latest installment in 2017, top Mid-American Conference champ Toledo by a 34-0 score.
In 2018, Troy kept the 'dogs barking with a 42-32 comeback victory against Buffalo of the MAC. The Trojans outscored the Bulls 21-8 in the second half to earn the victory. It was the second win in three seasons for the Trojans in this game.
In 2019 under the new LendingTree banner, Louisiana picked up a 27-17 win for the Sun Belt Conference, while Miami (Ohio) was able to grab the cover as a two-touchdown 'dog, a common theme at this bowl game no matter the name. The MAC has dropped five straight in this game.
|Year||Matchup||Spread, Totals||ATS Result|
|2022||Southern Miss Golden Eagles 38 Rice Owls 24||USM -6.5, 45.5||Favorite, Over|
|2021||Liberty 56 Eastern MI 20||Liberty -9.5, 58.5||Favorite, Over|
|2020||Georgia State 39 Western KY 21||Georgia State -3, 50.5||Favorite, Over|
|2019||Louisiana 27 Miami (OH) 17||Louisiana -15, 55.5||Underdog, Under|
|2018||Troy 42 Buffalo 32||Buffalo -1.5, 51.5||Underdog, Over|
|2017||Appalachian State 34 Toledo 0||Toledo -6.5, 61.5||Underdog, Under|
|2016||Troy 28 Ohio 23||Troy -6, 49||Underdog, Over|
|2015||Georgia Southern 58 Bowling Green 27||Bowling Green -5.5, 63||Underdog, Over|
|2014||Toledo 63 Arkansas State 44||Toledo -3, 70.5||Favorite, Over|
|2013||Arkansas State 23 Ball State 20||Ball State -6.5, 63.5||Underdog, Under|
|2012||Arkansas State 17 Ball State 13||Arkansas State -3, 64||Favorite, Under|
|2011||Northern Illinois 38 Arkansas State 20||Arkansas State -1, 65.5||Underdog, Under|
|2010||Miami (OH) 35 Middle Tenn State 21||Middle Tenn State -1.5, 48.5||Underdog, Over|
|2009||Central Michigan 44 Troy 41||Central Michigan -3, 63.5||Push, Over|
|2008||Tulsa 45 Ball State 13||Tulsa -2.5, 70.5||Favorite, Under|
|2007||Tulsa 63 Bowling Green 7||Tulsa -5.5, 77.5||Favorite, Under|
|2006||Southern Miss 28 Ohio 7||Southern Miss -6.5, 42.5||Favorite, Under|
|2005||Toledo 45 UTEP 13||Toledo -3, 62||Favorite, Under|
|2004||Bowling Green 52 Memphis 35||Bowling Green -3, 67||Favorite, Over|
|2003||Miami (OH) 49 Louisville 28||Miami (OH) -13, 67.5||Favorite, Over|
|2002||Marshall 38 Louisville 15||Marshall -2.5, 63||Favorite, Under|
|2001||Marshall 64 East Carolina 61||Marshall -2.5, 67||Favorite, Over|
|2000||Southern Miss 28 TCU 21||TCU -7, 43.5||Underdog, Over|
|1999||TCU 28 East Carolina 14||East Carolina -5.5, 46||Underdog, Under|
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