2016 Miami Beach Bowl, Central Michigan vs. Tulsa Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores

2016 Miami Beach Bowl, Central Michigan vs. Tulsa Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores


2016 Miami Beach Bowl, Central Michigan vs. Tulsa Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores

Miami Beach Bowl Prediction, Tulsa vs. Central Michigan Game Preview, History, Scores

Three reasons why you should watch the Miami Beach Bowl between Tulsa vs. Central Michigan, why each team might win, honest thoughts, line and prediction.


Date: Monday, December 19th
Game Time: 2:30 pm
Venue: Marlins Park, Miami, FL
Network: ESPN

Contact/Follow @PeteFiutak

Scroll down for the video preview and bowl history

The Bowl Matchup Ranking Of Awesomeness (1 best-40 worst): 13 out of 40

Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The Miami Beach Bowl

Everyone is looking for the next “Dak Prescott Type,” and … that might just be Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush. Get your scouting hat on. The 6-3, 230-pound senior is a four-year starter and tremendous leader for a good CMU offense, throwing for 3,300 yards and 23 scores this year. He throws too many picks, and unlike Prescott, he doesn’t have any mobility, but he’s one of those guys who’ll be taken in the fourth round with decent expectations. You might remember him from …

The 2014 Bahamas Bowl. Central Michigan has lost its last two bowl games, but it battled Minnesota in the 21-14 Quick Lane Bowl last year, and it came up just short in an all-time of all-time comebacks against WKU in the Bahamas two years ago. CMU lost 49-48 with Rush throwing for 493 yards and seven touchdowns. It’s not asking a lot to expect just that type of shootout, because …

The Tulsa offense is awesome. Devastating, the Golden Hurricane have as close to a perfect balance as possible, averaging 262 rushing yards and 261 passing per game. Tulsa has failed to hit the 35 point mark twice – Houston and Ohio State – and is used to playing in shootout after shootout. This will be fun.

Here’s Why Central Michigan Will Win The Miami Beach Bowl

CMU should be able to keep up the pace. The offense hasn’t cranked up the production throughout the second half of the season, but that’s an aberration. The Chippewas have Rush, and they have the firepower to throw on anyone and keep the offense rolling once this starts to get crazy. Rush has thrown for more than 200 yards against everyone but Western Michigan.

If it’s possible to keep the Tulsa offense off the field, CMU can do it. Tulsa doesn’t go lightning fast, and it’s not all that bad in time of possession, but the Chippewas are better at grinding out drives at times. Rush can hit the third down throws, and if this starts to get out of hand, CMU is better at controlling the tempo.

Tulsa’s defense has been okay, but it’ll give up points. The Golden Hurricane don’t give up a slew of big plays through the air, but they’ll get hit by decent passers – Rush should be able to hit the 250-yard mark without a problem. As long as the Chippewas are a little bit balanced, and as long as Rush isn’t forcing anything,

Here’s Why Tulsa Will Win The Miami Beach Bowl

Tulsa might just be able to bomb its way to a win. Okay, enough being nice about it. Cooper Rush is a terrific quarterback, but over the second half of the season, Central Michigan didn’t crank up the points or the production like it should’ve. Meanwhile, the Tulsa offense is a machine, with the versatility to do anything it wants. CMU might not be able to keep up.

Tulsa could win with the running game. The 1-2 rushing punch of James Flanders and D’Angelo Brewer might simply be too good for the Chippewas. A tough, quick Flanders ran for 1,529 yards and 17 touchdowns – highlighted by five scores against Memphis and nine rushing touchdowns in a three-game span – while the speedy Brewer ripped off 1,330 yards and seven touchdowns. However …

Tulsa could win with the passing game. Keevan Lucas caught 101 passes as a sophomore, but got hurt as a junior and played just four games. This year, he’s back to form with 74 catches for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns as the main man for Dane Evans, who’s cranked up 200

You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The Miami Beach Bowl

The bowl season always throws curveballs, just look at the craziness of the opening Saturday. But if Tulsa plays its best game, and Central Michigan plays its best game, the Golden Hurricane should roll. CMU has been way, way too shaky down the stretch, losing four of its last five games, while Tulsa is rolling winning five of its last six. However …

Tulsa had a strange way of playing down to its competition. Who goes to double overtime against Fresno State and who needs an extra frame to beat Cincinnati and SMU? Granted, Tulsa won all three overtime games, but it rose up at odd times and didn’t quite show up in others. The Chippewas have to bank on this being one of those off days.

This should be a shootout, but … this had better not come down to field goals for CMU. Senior Brian Eavey has had a rough year, hitting just 7-of-16 field goals, while Tulsa’s Redford Jones hit 19-of-24 attempts.

Super. So Who’s Going To Win The Miami Beach Bowl?

Can Rush carry the Chippewas? Yeah, but he won’t be able to do enough to get the win.

Tulsa is too balanced, too sharp, and too good in all phases. It’ll be a shootout with plenty of plays – you’ll have fun with this one – but the Golden Hurricane will keep on coming for a full four quarters. Just when it seems like CMU will pull into a position to take over, Tulsa will stay ahead with a big scoring drive.

Final Score

Tulsa 40, Central Michigan 24


Tulsa -13, o/u: 70

ATS Confidence: 2
5: Your New Year’s Eve chances to score in your favorite bar
0: Your New Year’s Eve chances to score after covering a College Football Playoff semifinal

Must See Rating: 3.5
5: New Year’s Eve: Defected In The House, Ministry of Sound, London
0: New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Special Co-Host Kathy Griffin

Get Tickets For The Miami Beach Bowl

Miami Beach Bowl Game History, Results

Dec. 21, 2015 Western Kentucky 45 USF 35
Dec. 22, 2014 Memphis 55 BYU 48 (2 OT)

More Bowl Projections