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Dollar General Bowl: Ohio vs. Troy Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

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Looking for a Ohio vs. Troy prediction and preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the match-up.

Friday, December 23, the Ohio Bobcats (8-5) take on the Troy Trojans (9-3). The game will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Read on for our Ohio vs. Troy prediction and preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its FPI rating, Troy wins the match-up between the two teams 63.7 percent of the time. The spread also suggests that the Trojans are favored to win the contest.

Spread: N/A

Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPN

Ohio vs. Troy preview:

The Bobcats, in their final game of the regular season, brought Western Michigan to the brink and almost pulled off the upset, but ultimately came up short 29-23. They're a defensive-minded team, and it'll be an interesting match-up as they take on the explosive Troy offense. The Bobcats boast a punishing defensive line, complete with Tarell Basham—an absolutely beast.

Troy rattled off a seven game win streak after losing by just six points to Clemson, and with that the Trojans received their first AP Top 25 rankings ever. It didn't last long though, the following week the Trojans lost by 32 to Arkansas State. Still, the season has been quite successful. Troy led the Sun Belt conference in yards per game with 438.6, and the Trojans will look to bulldoze their way to a bowl game victory with a talented offensive line.

Ohio vs. Troy prediction:

The combination of Troy's offense and Ohio's defense will make for an incredibly entertaining game, but in the end I'm going with the Trojans. The offense will inevitably be too much for the Bobcats to handle, and the Trojans have shown they can compete on the big stage after their bout with Clemson.

Troy 30, Ohio 24