Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl: Marshall vs. USF fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, December 20th
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Marshall (8-4) vs. USF (7-5) Game Preview
Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
– Both programs know how to come up with bowl wins. USF might have only six since 2008, but under five different coaches – TJ Weist stepped in for Willie Taggart for the 2016 Birmingham win over South Carolina – the Bulls have gone 5-1. Marshall has been even more reliable, winning the last six – five in a row under Doc Holliday – and 10 of the last 11 going back to the 1997 Motor City.
– USF gets to play in its home stadium for its bowl game, and it’ll take all the help it can get after going on a five-game losing streak to sour the 7-0 start. The Bulls beat just one team that’s going bowling over those first seven games, and all five losses came against strong teams off to get a swag bag. The narrative for entire season will hinge on this.
– This is the prove-it moment for Marshall. It lost to both NC State and Virginia Tech, and the best win was … FIU? The Thundering Herd beat exactly one bowl team, fattening up on a whole slew of Conference USA cupcakes. Beating USF – even a struggling USF – would make the year.