The Arizona Bowl is looming. South Alabama and Air Force are squaring off in an event that has garnered a bit of interest from the sportsbook world. Covers.com is absolutely a great resource for news, information, and insights on betting odds and point spreads. Covers.com has published an editorial examining the big South Alabama vs. Air Force event.
From an NCAAF odds perspective, South Alabama is designated the underdog here with a current point figure of -13.5. The season win-loss record of the team supports the reasoning behind the point spread. South Alabama is 6-6 for the season. Air Force has done far better with a 9-3 record. In terms of college football odds, placing Air Force as the favorite here makes absolutely perfect sense.
The 57.5 over-and-under threshold is somewhat interesting. Clearly, oddsmakers do not think this is going to be a game with a lot of touchdowns on both sides. Teams have a tendency to be very aggressive when playing for a championship. The past performance of the two teams seems to be leading sportsbooks to believe neither is going to score very well over the other.
There are a few other factors associated with the point spread on this game.
As the outstanding Covers.com site points out, South Alabama has suffered many losses on the road. The team’s road game losing streak is fairly embarrassing. Since the Arizona Bowl is not in front of hometown fans, South Alabama may end up at a real disadvantage.
The event still is quite special for South Alabama as this will be the second bowl appearance in the school’s history. The historic nature of the team’s participation in the Arizona Bowl is not translating into NCAAF odds in its favor.
Air Force has done well this season, but the team has experienced three straight losses. Normally, college football odds would be negatively impacted. Since South Alabama’s record is much weaker, Air Force is in a better position to pull out a win with the odds.
The game does still brings a chance for excitement so fans and gamblers are both looking forward to the event.