What to Watch and Bet NFL and College Football for Thursday December 24th 2015

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On Christmas Eve on Thursday December 24th there is one NFL and two college football bowl games scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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NFL Thursday Night Football goes off at 8:25PM Eastern Time on NFL Network as the Oakland Raiders will play host to the San Diego Chargers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Oakland Raiders the -5 point betting favorite with the total lined at 47 points. In their first meeting back on October 25th it was the Raiders with the 37-29 victory on the road to San Diego as a +3 ½ point underdog. Oakland jumped out to the 37-6 lead after three quarters and allowed 23 unanswered points to the Chargers in the second half. Derek Carr threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns. Phillip Rivers threw two early picks that got the Chargers behind early in the game. Oakland has now lost five of seven games after a 30-20 home defeat to Green Bay. The Chargers broke a two game losing streak with a 30-14 home victory last week to Miami.

From college football it’s the Bahamas Bowl beginning at 12PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Western Michigan Broncos will face the Middle Tennessee St Blue Raiders. Western Michigan is favored by -5 points with the over under line set at 63 ½ points. Both teams are 7-5 on the year. The Blue Raiders rallied to close the regular season with four straight wins. Western Michigan closed out the regular season with an upset victory at Toledo winning 35-30. They are the 22nd best offensive team from college football as they average 480 yards per game.

The Hawaii Bowl is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Cincinnati Bearcats will battle the San Diego St Aztecs. The road side San Diego St Aztecs are favored by -1 point with the total lined at 56 ½ points. The Aztecs were Mountain West champions after a home victory to Air Force on December 5th. The Aztecs are a strong rushing team running for 235 yards ranking 14th in the country. Cincinnati provides a more balanced offensive attack with 559 yards per game which is fifth best in the nation.

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