Teams that can put up a lot of points face off in the 2022 Cure Bowl when the No. 25 UTSA Roadrunners battle the No. 24 Troy Trojans in Orlando on Friday. The Roadrunners (11-2), who went 8-0 and won Conference USA, scored 40 points or more in four of their final five games, including 48 against North Texas in the league championship game. The Trojans (11-2), who went 7-1 in the Sun Belt and defeated Coastal Carolina 45-26 in the championship, scored 40 or more points in each of their final two games. Both teams enter the Cure Bowl 2022 on 10-game winning streaks.
The game from Exploria Stadium kicks off at 3 p.m. ET. Troy is allowing 17.5 points per game this season, while UTSA allows 26.5. The Roadrunners are favored by 3 points in the latest UTSA vs. Troy odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 56.5. Before locking in any Troy vs. UTSA picks or Cure Bowl predictions, be sure to check out what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say.
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Now, the model has set its sights on UTSA vs. Troy and just locked in its Cure Bowl 2022 picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several college football odds and betting trends for Troy vs. UTSA:
- UTSA vs. Troy spread: UTSA -3
- UTSA vs. Troy over/under: 56.5 points
- UTSA vs. Troy money line: Troy +130, UTSA -155
- UTSA: The Roadrunners are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall
- TROY: The Trojans are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record
- UTSA vs. Troy picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Troy can cover
Junior wide receiver Deshon Stoudemire is a player the Trojans can count on. He finished second on the team during the regular season with 38 receptions for 491 yards (12.9 average) and two touchdowns. In the title game win over Coastal Carolina, Stoudemire had three catches for 99 yards and one touchdown. His best game was a seven-catch, 93-yard performance at Western Kentucky on Oct. 1.
Defensively, senior linebacker Carlton Martial has been a beast. He leads the Trojans with 121 tackles, including 47 solo, with one-half sack for three yards. He also has two pass breakups, one interception he returned 21 yards, and one forced fumble. Martial had six games with double-digit tackle totals, including a 22-tackle performance in a 10-9 win over Army on Nov. 12.
Why UTSA can cover
Senior wide receivers Zakhari Franklin and Joshua Cephus have been an effective one-two punch in the Roadrunners' passing attack. Franklin has 86 receptions for a team-high 1,100 yards (12.8 average) and 14 touchdowns. He was a huge reason for UTSA's Conference USA title, catching 10 passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns in the win over North Texas. It was his second consecutive 100-plus receiving game. He also had seven catches for 126 yards (18 average) and one touchdown in a 34-31 win over UTEP on Nov. 26.
Cephus has a team-high 87 receptions for 985 yards (11.3 average) and six touchdowns. He made 11 catches for 84 yards against North Texas in the championship game and had a 65-yard touchdown reception against UTEP. He had three 100-plus-yard games, including a 10-catch, 112-yard effort at Army on Sept. 10, and a five-catch, 114-yard and one touchdown performance against Texas Southern on Sept. 24. In a 41-20 loss at No. 21 Texas on Sept. 17, Cephus had seven receptions for 80 yards.
How to make UTSA vs. Troy picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Under on the total, projecting 48 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60% of simulations. You can only get the model's pick at SportsLine.
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