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Georgia Southern vs Ohio Prediction, Odds & Picks – Myrtle Beach Bowl

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in College Football

Updated Dec 15, 2023 · 9:43 AM PST

Georgia Southern are 3.5-point favorites over Ohio in the Myrtle Beach Bowl.
Georgia Southern running back OJ Arnold (22) scores a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday September 16, 2023 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis.
  • The Georgia Southern Eagles are 3.5-point favorites over the Ohio Bobcats in the Myrtle Beach Bowl on Saturday, December 16
  • Georgia Southern is 0-4 SU and ATS in the past four games
  • Ohio enters this bowl game 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS through the last three games

As they face the Ohio Bobcats (9-3, 5-6-1 ATS) in the Myrtle Beach Bowl, the Georgia Southern Eagles (6-6, 4-7-1 ATS) didn’t exactly storm their way into bowl season. They lost their last four games and barely remained bowl-eligible.

Meanwhile, the Bobcats were displaying a much different path down the stretch of regular-season play. Ohio is on a three-game win streak and is 4-1 SU over the past five games.

Still, it’s the Eagles that oddsmakers are expecting to soar in this game. They are set as the 3.5-point chalk in the Georgia Southern vs Ohio odds. The Bobcats are 3-3 against the spread away from home this season.

Looking more deeply into the Georgia Southern vs Ohio odds, we’ll offer you our pick for this NCAA football bowl game.

Georgia Southern vs Ohio Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Georgia Southern Eagles -185 -3.5 (-110) Over 48.5 (-115)
Ohio Bobcats +155 +3.5 (-110) Under 48.5 (-105)

In the Georgia Souther vs Ohio odds, the Eagles are -185 moneyline favorites, giving them a 64.91% implied win probability. The total is set at 48.5 points. It’s the first Georgia Southern game this season with a total under 50 points.

 

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The Eagles are 3-2 straight up all-time in bowl games, but 1-2 in their last three appearances. They are 2-1 SU when facing a MAC school in a bowl game. Ohio is 6-8 SU in bowl game action. The Bobcats are on a four-game bowl game winning streak. This will be the first-ever meeting on the football field between Ohio and Georgia Southern.

Kickoff for this game at Brooks Stadium on Saturday, December 16 is set for 11:00 pm ET. The broadcast is being carried by ESPN.

Eagles vs Bobcats Betting Trends

Looking at the college football public betting splits, the Bobcats are 6-4 against the spread over their past 10 games. Ohio is 2-4 ATS in the past six games. The Bobcats are 2-1 ATS as the betting underdog in 2023.

Meanwhile, Georgia Southern is 1-6 ATS through the last seven games. The Eagles are 4-4 ATS as a betting favorite this season. Georgia Southern is 1-0 SU and ATS against MAC schools this season. They beat Ball State 40-3 as the 5.5-point chalk on September 23.

The Bobcats are 3-9 on the total this season. Georgia Southern’s over/under record is 5-6-1, but the Eagles are 4-1-1 to the over in the past six games.

Eagles Come To Pass

Second-Team All Sun Belt Conference selection Khaleb Hood is the most dangerous player on the Georgia Southern offense. The fifth-year WR is rewriting the school’s receiving record book this season. Hood’s conference-leading 94 receptions are already an Eagles single-season record. With 917 receiving yards, he need only eight matter to shatter that school single-season standard.

Senior RB Jalen White has rushed for 891 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing two games.

Defensively, redshirt sophomore DL Isaac Walker is leading the FBS in forced fumbles (5) and fumble recoveries (4). He’s also posted 8.5 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, seven pass break ups, three quarterback hurries and a blocked punt.

Bobcats Play Stifling Defense

Scoring points on the Ohio defense has proven to be almost as much as a chore as moving the ball against this unit during the 2023 college football season. The Bobcats are fifth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 15.42 points per game. Senior LB Bryce Houston is 16th in the country with 119 tackles.

Ohio is the #4 defense in the country, permitting just 263.67 yards per game. The Bobcats rank eighth in the county in run defense (96.00 YPG) and #7 in pass defense (168.4 YPG). Michigan, Penn State and Ohio are the only NCAA defenses to rate among the top 10 in both categories. However, the Bobcats have allowed 20+ points in five of their past six games.

Georgia Southern vs Ohio Prediction

For the first time in school history, Ohio has posted nine-win seasons in back-to-back years. That included the first win over a Power Five school by the Bobcats since 2017 when they beat Iowa State 10-7 on September 16.

Georgia Southern is a dismal 1-5 SU and ATS away from home this season.

Georgia Southern vs Ohio Pick: Ohio Bobcats +3.5 (-110)

 

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