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Ohio vs. Georgia Southern Odds, Spread, Over/Under, Moneyline - College Football Odds for the Myrtle Beach Bowl

Moneyline: Georgia Southern -175, Ohio +145
Spread: Georgia Southern -3.5 (-110), Ohio +3.5 (-110)
Total: Over/Under 48.5 points

College Football Bowl Season Schedule – Game infoCollege Football Season 2023 - Myrtle Beach Bowl
Ohio (9-3) vs Georgia Southern (6-6)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 16
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Venue: Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: fuboTV

Ohio vs. Georgia Southern Preview

The Ohio Bobcats finished 9-3 this season, earning the team a second-place finish in the MAC East and a bowl game against the Georgia Southern Eagles.

The Eagles got their season off to a 6-2 start, but they lost their final four games to finish 6-6 and barely qualified for bowl-game eligibility.

Now, Ohio and Georgia Southern get to play in the 2023-24 bowl season’s opening game -- the Myrtle Beach Bowl at Coastal Carolina’s Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C. This game promises to get bowl season off to a strong start, because there are interesting storylines involving both teams.

Ohio quarterback Kurtis Rourke has entered the transfer portal, making the Bobcats one of many teams impacted by that development during bowl season. Ohio will have to choose another quarterback to start this game rather than the guy that’s been running its offense all season.

Rourke managed that Bobcats offense well this year with multiple games of over 300 passing yards, including a 300-yard, three-touchdown performance against Kent State earlier in the season.

Playing without its No. 1 QB will require quite an adjustment for this team, since Rourke has been Ohio’s starter for the past four seasons. Senior Parker Navarro is expected to start in Rourke’s absence. Formerly a backup at UCF, Navarro has thrown just 12 complete passes over the past two seasons, but he should now get a golden opportunity to throw the football in what would be his first collegiate start.

Ohio hasn't been a heavy passing offense this season, regardless. Rourke had a couple of high-yardage games, but the Bobcats’ identity is tied to their defense.

They have allowed the nation’s fourth-fewest total yards per game this season, ranking 10th in rushing yards allowed, sixth in passing yards allowed, and sixth in points allowed per game at just 15.9.

The Bobcats will now face a Georgia Southern team that has been mired in a slump -- going winless in November after building up a 6-2 record through its first eight games.

Georgia Southern quarterback Davis Brin, the 2021 Myrtle Beach Bowl MVP while playing at Tulsa, returns to this bowl game with a different team. The fourth-year QB has thrown for career-high numbers this season, reaching 3,441 passing yards and 22 touchdowns.

Turnovers have been a problem for Brin, however, and they have crept back into his game this year – just as they did in 2021. He has thrown 16 interceptions, including three against Appalachian State in the season’s final game and five against Wisconsin in a tough Week 3 matchup.

When they are on their game, the Eagles offensive players can beat down on defenses through the air. They average 300.5 passing yards per game, good for 11th in the country, and Brin has cleared 50 passing attempts in four games this season.

Georgia Southern is very pass heavy, and the Eagles don’t have a good run game, so this one will be on the quarterback as it has been all year. Having such a hefty passing attack is great when it's working well, but Brin has shown that when an opposing defense has his number, he become too predictable and struggles to fight his way out of battles.

That might not bode well against the sixth-best pass defense in the country and a team that has been putting the clamps on quarterbacks all season.

Ohio’s defense has several players who can penetrate opposing backfields, and five Bobcats players have at least three sacks this season. Defensive end Shane Bonner has been hot coming off the edge, posting three sacks in his last four games since taking on a larger role in his team’s defense.

Ohio vs. Georgia Southern Predictions and Picks

Ohio is a 3.5-point underdog in this game, but that has to be attributed to the absence of an experienced starting quarterback. While Shane Rourke has obviously been the Bobcats’ leader for multiple years, he hasn’t been part of the team’s outstanding defense, and that unit will know it needs to step up in his absence.

Of course, Ohio’s success will depend on how Parker Navarro performs in his debut as a college starting quarterback, but I don’t expect that the Bobcats will ask too much of him given the circumstances.

If this Ohio defense can play the way it has all year and force a turnover or two by Georgia Southern QB Davis Brin, then I think the Bobcats will win this game.

The Pick: Ohio Bobcats Moneyline (+140)

While I expect the Bobcats to win, I don’t expect it to be a slugfest between two high-scoring offenses. Ohio has a quarterback starting his very first college game, while the Georgia Southern Eagles have a quarterback who has struggled to take care of the football going up against a defense that ranks inside the nation’s top 10 in just about every category.

It should be a defensive game that lacks points for long stretches, so I’ll take the under.

The Pick: Under 48.5 Points (-110)

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