North Carolina Vs. Alcorn State: Celebration Bowl Trends & Betting History

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Jay Pryce

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 2:51 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 2:51 PM UTC

Alcorn State seeks to avenge a 2015 Celebration Bowl loss to North Carolina AT&T in a 2018 rematch for the HBCU football crown. 

2018 Celebration Bowl: North Carolina AT&T vs. Alcorn State

The 2018 Celebration Bowl is a rematch of the inaugural event as North Carolina AT&T takes on Alcorn State on Dec. 15 at Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium. The Aggies won that matchup 41-34 as a 1.5-point favorite in front of 35,000 fans. This time, they are laying 7.5 points with a 47 over/under.

Founded in 2015, the Celebration Bowl pits the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) titleholders against one another, the winner deemed the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) champion. It’s the successor to the now defunct Heritage Bowl (1991-99).

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Celebration Bowl Results
Season Winner Loser Final Line Total Winner ATS O/U
2015 North Carolina AT&T Alcorn State 41-34 -1.5 51.5 W O
2016 Grambling State North Carolina Central 10-9 -15.5 57 L U
2017 North Carolina AT&T Grambling State 21-14 -7 51.5 P U

Celebration Bowl Key Betting Numbers

Average Victory Margin: 5.0
Average Line: -8
Favorite ATS: 1-1-1
Average Total: 53.3
O/U Record: 1-2
O/U Margin: -10.3
Largest Underdog Upset: N/A
Largest Spread: Grambling St. -15.5 (2016)
Largest Rout: North Carolina AT&T (-1.5) 41, Alcorn St. 34

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The Braves are headed back to #Atlanta! @AlcornStateU beat @SouthernU_BR in @theswac Championship 37-28 and will take on the @ncatsuaggies on December 15! #AChampionWillRise pic.twitter.com/cJX3voZvup

— AFR Celebration Bowl (@CelebrationBowl) 2 de dezembro de 2018
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North Carolina AT&T Aggies (9-2 SU, 5-6 ATS)

  • First Season: 1901
  • Bowl Record: 3-4 SU, 1-0-1 ATS (since 1991)
  • Coach, Bowl Record: Sam Washington, N/A

A founding member of the MEAC (1969), North Carolina AT&T has won 10 conference titles, including four of the last five.

The Aggies own a 17.2 point differential in 2018, outscoring opponents by a 30.6 to 13.5 score line. They won six of their final seven games by double digits.

Alcorn State Braves (7-4 SU, 8-3 ATS)
  • First Season: 1921
  • Bowl Record: N/A
  • Coach, Bowl Record: Fred McNair, 0-0

Alcorn State, led by SWAC offensive player of the year QB Noah Johnson, won its third conference title in the last five years. It owns 12 championships since joining the conference in 1962.

The Aggies kicked off a -4.0 average favorite in 2018. They own a six-game cover streak, the offense averaging 33.0 points per game in this span. With five SU wins, the program surpassed its projected team total in all but one game.

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