Military Bowl Betting Preview: Temple Owls Face UNC Tarheels

Posted on December 23, 2019 - Last Updated on March 27, 2020

The Christmas excitement will be over. The presents will be unwrapped, the ham will be digested. Perhaps you’ll be looking for a little more fun.

Maybe the Military Bowl can help? Two days after Christmas, Temple and North Carolina will meet in the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. There are plenty of college bowl betting options for you in this game. Let’s run some of them down.

Temple installed as a 4.5-point underdog

The Owls finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and are 4.5-point underdogs in Friday’s game, which will be broadcast at 12 p.m. on ESPN. Parx Sportsbook has Temple at +155 on the moneyline, while North Carolina is -190. The Tarheels enter the contest with a 6-6 record.

Here is a look at the latest odds on the Military Bowl:

FanDuel set over/under at 53 points

FanDuel Sportsbook has the game’s total posted at 53 points. Players can also wager on the individual team totals. North Carolina’s number is listed at 28.5 points. Temple has a total of 24 points.

Parx also has alternate totals posted for the game, ranging from 46 to 60 points.

PlaySugarHouse offering bets on first quarter, first half lines

For those who are seeking more immediate returns on their bets, PlaySugarHouse has odds posted for a variety of first quarter and first half lines.

North Carolina is -117 in the first quarter, with Temple at +210 and a tie at +360. The first quarter spread puts the Tarheels as a half-point favorite and the first quarter total is set at 13.5

As a prop bet, North Carolina is -143 as a first team to score. Temple is +106.

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Military Bowl kicks off five bowl games Friday

There are plenty of other games to pair with the Military Bowl if you’re building a parlay bet Friday. The other college football games are as follows, with the odds provided by BetRivers:

  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl – Michigan State (-3.5) vs. Wake Forest; 3:20 p.m.
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl – Oklahoma State (+7) vs. Texas A&M; 6:45 p.m.
  • San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl – USC (+2) vs. Iowa; 8 p.m.
  • Cheez-It Bowl – Air Force (-3) vs. Washington State; 10:15 p.m.

Friday’s action provides perfect warm-up for Saturday’s big games

With Christmas over and the regular season in the rear-view mirror, college football’s bowl season gives players one last opportunity for all their wagers, prop bets, and parlays. Saturday’s schedule is loaded with four big games, including the first round of the college football playoff.

Friday is a perfect appetizer.

It just might be exactly what you need to carry the excitement well past Christmas.

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