Central Michigan vs. Miami-OH - 12/7/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Miami-OH RedHawks (7-5) at Central Michigan Chippewas (8-4)
College Football: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas -6.5 -- Over/Under: 53
The Miami-Ohio RedHawks and the Central Michigan Chippewas meet in the MAC college football championship game from Ford Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Miami-Ohio RedHawks come into this game with a 7-5 overall record, including a 6-2 in MAC conference play this season, representing the MAC East division in the title game. Brett Gabbert threw for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 53.9% passing while Jaylon Bester led the RedHawks in rushing with 623 rushing yards and 11 rushing TDs and Tyre Shelton chipped in 494 rushing yards as well. James Maye, Jalen Walker and Jack Sorenson all had 300+ receiving yards for Miami-Ohio this season while Dominique Robinson added 296 receiving yards for the RedHawks. Defensively, Ryan McWood and Sterling Weatherford each had a team-high 86 total tackles while Kameron Butler led the RedHawks with 5 sacks and Travion Banks added 4 interceptions this season to lead Miami-Ohio. As a team, Miami-Ohio is averaging 310.3 yards of total offense and 24.6 points per game while allowing 382.8 yards of total defense and 28.8 points per game against this season.
The Central Michigan Chippewas come into the title game with an overall record of 8-4, including a 6-2 record in MAC conference play to finish atop the MAC West division. Quinten Dormady threw for 1,916 yards, 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 67.4% passing while David Moore tossed for 1,143 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 picks. Jonathan Ward led the Chippewas with 1,056 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns while Kobe Lewis added 953 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns as well. Kalil Pimpleton led Central Michigan with 73 catches for 771 yards and 6 touchdowns while JaCorey Sullivan added 47 catches for 712 yards.Tyrone Scott also added 561 receiving yards and Tony Poljan chipped in 458 receiving yards for CMU on the year with each logging 4 receiving touchdowns.. Defensively, Troy Brown led the Chips with 77 total tackles and 3 interceptions while Michael Oliver had 73 total tackles and Sean Adesanya added 7 sacks. As a team, Central Michigan is averaging 455.1 yards of total offense and 32.8 points per game while allowing 358.5 yards of total defense and 26.8 points per game against this season.
Miami-Ohio is a whopping 13-4 ATS in their last 17 conference games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Central Michigan is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 11-2 in their last 13 games following a win. The road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
This is technically a “neutral site” game, but let’s call it what it is, a home game in a bigger venue for Central Michigan, who are just over a two-hour drive from their campus to Ford Field. With that said, I like the Chippewas here. Miami-Ohio was solid down the stretch, but I was a bit alarmed that the Cardinals struggled to put away winless Akron and then followed that up by being blown out against Ball State. There’s also the possibility that Ball State will be without their starting QB due to injuries suffered against Ball State. Central Michigan went 6-0 SU and ATS at home this season and if it feels like a home environment, I like the Chips to improve on those numbers with a win and cover here.