The Tigers win by throwing the ball while Navy wins by running it. Missouri is a 6.5 point college football betting favorite with a total of 52.5.
Texas Bowl betting has Navy coming into the game with the nation's fourth-best rushing offense. Quarterback Ricky Dobbs set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 24 this season. Dobbs is averaging 110.5 yards rushing in the last four games. "It's going to be fun for us on the defense, but at the same time it will be a challenge," Missouri linebacker Jaron Baston said. "It's going to be a very tough Navy team. The option can kill a defense if they run it the right way."
Texas Bowl betting has Missouri doing the opposite of Navy, as they throw the ball all over the field. The Tigers started the season 4-0 but lost their big games to Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas. "I'm really proud of this football team," coach Gary Pinkel said. "It was a year that we really grew a lot together as a football team. We went through a lot of adversity and bounced back and went through some more adversity. We did a great job of finishing the season." Missouri was 13th in the country in passing, averaging 285 yards per game. "Missouri is a great football team and they will provide a tremendous challenge for us," Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo said. Danario Alexander led the nation in receiving yards with 1,644. Texas Bowl betting indicates that quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw for 3,302 yards in his first season as a starter.
Texas Bowl betting has this as the third all-time meeting between Missouri and Navy although they haven’t played in 49 years. The Midshipmen are 4-1 vs. the college football betting odds in their last 5 bowl games. The Midshipmen are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games in December.
The Tigers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games. The Tigers are 2-7 in college football betting in their last 9 games in December. Texas Bowl betting stats show that the Tigers are 1-8 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Texas Bowl betting numbers indicate that Navy’s last four games overall have gone under but their last five bowl games have all gone over. Four of the last five Missouri games overall have gone over in college football betting.