The Military Bowl is one of the great games of the season on the 2012 bowl schedule, and today, we are making our San Jose State vs. Bowling Green picks and predictions and trying to beat the Military Bowl odds here at Cappers Info.
Military Bowl Picks: San Jose State Spartans vs. Bowling Green Falcons
Date: Thursday, December 27th, 3:00 ET
Location: RFK Stadium, Washington DC
Military Bowl Betting Odds: San Jose State -7.5
San Jose State vs. Bowling Green Live TV Coverage: ESPN
There is definitely a real contrast of styles here in the Military Bowl, and it is clear that Bowling Green’s only path to winning this game is going to be on the defensive side of the ball. The MAC was a great offensive conference this year, though we do know that there were some dud teams as well. Still, in spite of the fact that teams like Ohio, Kent State, Toledo, Florida, and Virginia Tech all showed up on the schedule, the Falcons still held teams down to just 173.0 passing yards, 289.7 total yards, and 15.8 points per game, all of which ranked in the Top 10 in the country on the campaign. The problem came offensively though, where BGSU only averaged 359.0 yards and 20.9 points per game against FBS teams this year. There was only one game in which the team scored more than 26 points at the FBS level, a 37-12 win over the Miami Redhawks.
The Spartans on the other hand, love to throw the ball all over the field. They have a suitable defense to get the job done, ranking 25th in the country at 21.4 points per game, but their bread and butter comes in the passing game. QB David Fales averaged 9.3 yards per pass attempt this year and had 3,797 yards and 31 TDs on the campaign. He had a total of four receivers with at least 589 yards, led by WR Noel Grigsby, who had 73 catches, 1,172 yards, and nine trips to the Promised Land. He and second leading receiver, WR Ryan Otten both averaged at least 16 yards per carry.
This is a heck of a lot of points to be giving the Falcons, though. The MAC was significantly better than the WAC this year, and though we do think a lot of this San Jose State team, we also have to recognize the fact that it is a game that is being played a tremendously long ways away from home. We want the points on our side, and we think that this game is going to end up in an upset in favor of the MAC.
San Jose State vs. Bowling Green Pick: Bowling Green Falcons +7.5
Military Bowl Score Prediction: Bowling Green 24 – San Jose State 21