Birmingham Bowl 2017, Live Stream, The 2017 Birmingham Bowl will be played by Texas Tech and South Florida at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., on December 23. The game will feature a matchu.
While the game won’t count for much other than a chance for the coaches to scout players, it’s useful for us to know a little bit about the team we’ll be watching face off with the Panthers. For that, let’s turn to our friends from Battle Red Blog to see what they expect from the Texans this year.
Team:Birmingham Bowl 2017 Live
Date:SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23
Kick Time Off: 12:00p ET
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Saturday’s full day of bowl action begins at noon ET with a showdown between South Florida and Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl, played at Legion Field. South Florida is favored by a field goal. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 66, down half-a-point after opening at 66.5.
Before you make any bets on Texas Tech vs. South Florida, you need to see what SportsLine’s advanced computer model is picking.
SportsLine’s Projection Model turned in double-digit profitable weeks in college football last season across all picks and it completely crushed Championship Weekend this year, going an astounding 8-1 on straight-up picks.
Now, the model simulated Texas Tech vs. South Florida 10,000 times and came up with some surprising results. And you can only see them over at SportsLine.
We can tell you the model says Over 66 hits in 56 percent of simulations, so you can lock in that pick with confidence. But it has an even stronger play for which side you should take, saying one team wins against the spread 60 percent of the time.
The model knows Texas Tech has one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Nic Shimonek, a senior who has piled up 3,547 yards of passing this season, good for 12th in the nation. His 30 touchdown passes also ranks 11th nationally.
SportsLine’s advanced projection model says Shimonek will continue to roll in the Birmingham Bowl, throwing for over 400 yards and three touchdowns.
The Red Raiders’ offense ranks in the top five in the Big 12 in both total yardage (468.4) and scoring (36.3 points) per game.
Much of Tech’s offensive success through the air can be credited to junior receiver Keke Coutee. He’s not huge in stature at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, but he knows how to make big plays. He finished second in the Big 12 with 103.5 yards per game, averaged over 15 yards per catch and scored nine touchdowns on the year. SportsLine says he’ll roll for almost 130 yards on Saturday and find the end zone.
But just because Texas Tech has a strong passing attacking doesn’t mean the Red Raiders will be able to stay within the spread against a powerful South Florida team.
Former Louisville and Texas coach Charlie Strong has done an admirable job with the Bulls this year, compiling a 9-2 (6-2 AAC) record. The Bulls came within a touchdown against Central Florida of winning the AAC East.
It’s no surprise that Strong, a renowned defensive mind, has that side of the ball clicking. The Bulls were first in the AAC in both total and scoring defense.
But South Florida has plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. Quinton Flowers is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. He threw for 2,600 yards and 21 touchdowns this season while adding 972 yards and 10 more touchdowns on the ground. He’ll be a tough matchup for a Texas Tech defense that ranked in the bottom three of virtually every major category in the Big 12.
SportsLine’s projection model says Flowers will throw for almost 200 yards and two touchdowns in the Birmingham Bowl, rushing for almost 100 more.