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GMAC Bowl Betting Preview: Tulsa vs. Ball State

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Jan/06/2009

This GMAC Bowl betting preview of Tulsa vs. Ball State is courtesy of SBG Global

SBG Global Opening Line: Ball State   -  2.5  ,  Total  75.5

Stan Parrish gets his first taste of being a head coach on Tuesday as Ball State faces Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl.  Parrish was the Cardinals' offensive coordinator until head coach Brady Hoke left for San Diego State. "Who would've thunk it?" said Parrish, "Brady (Hoke) leaves and I'm the head coach. It's just unbelievable. The football gods make things work in strange ways, don't they?"
SBG Global reports that early College Football betting has the public taking Tulsa at Home.

Both Tulsa and Ball State come into this bowl game off losses in their conference championship games.  Tulsa lost 27-24 to East Carolina in the Conference USA title game while Ball State lost the MAC Championship game to Buffalo by a score of 42-24.

Tulsa was able to win ten games this season and the success got head coach Todd Graham a new 10-year contract. The Golden Hurricane's 10th victory was a 63-7 destruction of Bowling Green. "This is the best offense we've faced since I've been at Ball State, the most diverse," Parrish said, "It's different. We've got a heck of a challenge in front of us. Just one year ago, I thought Bowling Green had a pretty fair football team and Tulsa ran them right out of that stadium."  Tulsa is second in the country in total offense at 565 yards per game and second in scoring offense at 47.4 points per game.

Freshman receiver/return man Damaris Johnson led Conference USA with 2,201 all-purpose yards.

Ball State has a potent offense as well.  They are led by MAC offensive player of the year, quarterback Nate Davis and running back MiQuale Lewis.

Here are the College Football betting stats for Tuesday's game. The Cardinals are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games. The Cardinals are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog. The Cardinals are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall.

The Golden Hurricane are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite. The Golden Hurricane are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on grass.

SBG Global Current Line: Tulsa  -  3  ,  Total  74

The Over is 5-2 in the Golden Hurricane's last 7 non-conference games. The Under is 10-4 in the Golden Hurricane's last 14 vs. a team with a winning record.

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