Central Michigan at Missouri - 9/4/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Missouri Tigers (0-0) vs Central Michigan Chippewas (0-0)
Game Info: Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field)
Betting Odds: Missouri Tigers -14 -- Over/Under: 60.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Central Michigan Chippewas will travel to Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field to take on the Missouri Tigers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Central Michigan Chippewas finished last season with an overall record of 3-3 and while finished 4th in MAC-West conference play. Central Michigan had a strong start to their season with wins against Ohio & Northern Illinois, however, struggled down the stretch losing 3 of their last 4 games. Offensively, Central Michigan averaged 31.3 ppg on 420.3 total yards per game (202.3 passing yds/g; 218.0 rushing yds/g). Central Michigan basically returns everyone on the offensive end and will be led by RB Lew Nichols III who had 508 yards & 4 TD on 78 carries last season. The Chippewas did suffer a tough blow after losing RB Kobe Lewis (105 att, 468 yards, 6 TD) to a preseason injury. Central Michigan hasn’t announced their starter at QB yet, however, it looks like it will be down to Daniel Richardson (64.0 comp %, 769 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT) or Washington transfer Jacob Sirmon. The top receiving threats for the Chippewas will be WR Kalil Pimpleton (26 rec, 277 yards, 2 TD), Dallas Dixon (13 rec, 263 yards, TD), & JaCorey Sullivan (16 rec, 176 yards).
Defensively, Central Michigan allowed their opponents to average 30.2 ppg on 427.7 total yards per game (297.2 passing yds/g; 130.5 rushing yds/g). Leading the way for the Central Michigan defense will be DE Troy Hairston II.
The Missouri Tigers finished last season with an overall record of 5-5 while finished 3rd in the SEC-East division. Missouri averaged 26.7 ppg on 402.0 total yards per game (266.8 passing yds/g; 135.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Missouri will no longer have RB Larry Rountree III, however, they still should be in great hands with QB Connor Bazelak (67.3 comp %, 2,366 yards, 7 TD, 6 INT) leading the way. The top receiving threats for Bazelak and the Tigers will be WR Keke Chism (35 rec, 458 yards, TD) & Tauskie Dove (30 rec, 300 yards, 2 TD) and will also have some solid newcomers in Ohio State transfer Mookie Cooper & incoming freshman Dominic Lovett. Leading the way for the Missouri backfield will be Tyler Badie who had 242 rushing yards & 4 TD’s on 48 carries while also hauling in 28 receptions for 333 yards & 2 TD.
Defensively, Missouri allowed their opponents to average 32.3 ppg on 408.0 total yards per game (245.8 passing yds/g; 162.2 rushing yds/g). Missouri brought a new defensive coordinator in this season in Steve Wilks and should be led by their strong defensive line.
The Chippewas are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The Tigers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. MAC opponents and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 September games.
Central Michigan should be one of the better teams in the MAC this season, however, even though Missouri isn’t a top-tier SEC team, this is still a Power-5 school that has a bunch more talent. Missouri has an explosive passing offense that should be able to take advantage of a Central Michigan defense that ranked 120th in College Football last season and as I think the Tigers defense will play well in their season opener under a new defensive scheme, I think Missouri does enough to cover this two TD spread. Good Luck!