Gasparilla Bowl Weather: A Gusty Forecast Is Impacting Marshall-Central Florida Odds

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Marshall head coach Doc Holliday.

  • See how the weather forecast for Tampa's Raymond James Stadium is impacting odds for the Gasparilla Bowl between Marshall and Central Florida.

A football game at 2:30 in the afternoon on a Monday? Don’t mind if I do…

The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (great name) between Central Florida and Marshall will do a fine job of bridging the weekend together with Christmas. This marks the fourth straight afternoon with a football game, but this isn’t going to be a lovely, sunny Tampa afternoon.

Marshall vs. Central Florida Weather Forecast

These two teams will be facing off on the big boys’ field — Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium. They will certainly avoid the cold weather that plagues most of the country at this time of year, but they will be dealing with other elements.

Average wind speeds of 12 mph are expected, with gusts north of 20 mph in the cards. Rain showers and potentially some periods of steadier rain are in the forecast for the duration of the game.

Winds of 12 mph don’t seem too strong, but the data shows that it’s certainly enough to impact a football traveling through the air. Historically, unders have cashed at nearly a 54% rate when the average wind speed is at least 10 mph per Bet Labs.

UCF ranks 8th in the nation in passing yards per game at 320, while Marshall is way down at 97th with a smidgen above 200. Both teams have strong running games, with UCF averaging over 200 yards per game and Marshall with 195.

With UCF’s high-powered passing offense potentially being impacted, a Reverse Line Move on Marshall pushed their line from +17.5/17 down between +15 and +16.

The total, which opened at 61.5 over two weeks ago (and remained there until Sunday morning) has fallen to between 59.5 and 60.5 around the market. Seven Bet Signals have hit the under since Friday. The over remains a very popular choice with over 80% of bets, but slightly less so, as it had been seeing north of 90% of bets during the first ~10 days lines were available.

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