This year’s Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is a tale of two coaches. At the onset Purdue’s Jeff Brohm can do no wrong and is the King of West Lafayette, Indiana. Indeed, Brohm has produced two bowls his first two seasons on the job. In like manner he is compiling one of the best recruiting classes in Purdue history. Contrarily Gus Malzahn got a big new contract last December for beating Alabama. But since that time War Eagle has been in a rapid NCAA Football betting value decline. Supplementing that is buyer’s remorse on The Plains.
Music City Bowl
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Auburn Tigers
Date and Time: Friday, December 28, 2018, 1:30 p.m. ET
Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
NCAA Football Betting Odds at SBG:
|Auburn||-3½ (-110)||54½ (-110)|
|Purdue||+3½ (-110)||54½ (-110)|
Purdue vs. Auburn TV Coverage: ESPN
Purdue has a NCAA Football betting record of 6-6 straight up, 7-5 vs. the odds, and 6-6 on totals. Last time out the Boilermakers beat Indiana 28-21 as three-point road chalks to clinch a bowl berth. Brohm was pursued by his alma mater, Louisville, to take over as head coach last month. Yet the Purdue savoir chose to stay put. He said the timing was not right and that he had much more to accomplish with the Boilermakers. By contrast to past Purdue classes the 2018 recruiting haul ranks among the best in the country.
Auburn has an online wagering record of 7-5 straight up, 5-7 vs. the line and 4-8 under the total. In view of that record it may surprise that War Eagle covered three of their final five games. But Aubie’s last game was a 52-21 clunker at Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Owing to their lackluster play would most Auburn fans love to see Malzahn fired. Though this may be true nobody wants to write the check. Thus, does Auburn come off as a program in limbo. Of major concern is an SEC record of 3-5 this season.
Stats to Consider
To be exact Auburn’s offense ranks an embarrassing 93rd in the country. Defensively they are a much more impressive 18th for points allowed. Purdue has national rankings of 24th for total offense and 68th for scoring defense.
Team vs. Team
Extending Purdue’s recent reputation is their high level of profitability in as a road dog. The Boilermakers have paid in 11 of their last 13 games getting points away from home. Six of Purdue’s last seven as a road pup have gone under the total. Balanced against that is Auburn’s solid wagering value as a road favorite. War Eagle has lost just five of their last 15 games laying points away from The Plains. And four of their last six in that situation have gone over the total.
Matchup to Watch
As was previously noted Purdue brings superior NCAA Football betting value in this matchup. Additionally, they have much better momentum as a program. Following that is the dark cloud that perpetually hangs over Malzahn and Auburn. To be exact Brohm brings an additional element in Purdue’s favor.
Purdue vs. Auburn NCAA Football Betting
To conclude we’ll “Boiler Up” with Purdue!
Purdue vs. Auburn NCAA Football Betting Pick: Purdue Boilermakers
Purdue vs. Auburn NCAA Football Betting Score Prediction: Purdue 27, Auburn 17
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