LINE: Western Michigan -4, o/u: 55
ATS PICK: Western Michigan
That cliché of always throwing out the record books when there’s a rivalry sort of applies here – potentially.
The directional Michigan MAC schools all end up taking their respective games up a few notches when they play each other, and there is some fear that this is Central Michigan’s bowl game.
It’s been a disastrous season for the Chippewas, going 1-6, losing badly at home to Kansas, and with the only win coming against Maine. They’ve been competitive, but they’re 1-6 and about to be the MAC’s biggest disappointment with one more loss knocking them out of bowl eligibility.
The big problem for CMU is an offense that hasn’t scored more than 24 points. There’s no passing game, and there’s no consistency. The defense has been good, but not strong enough to overcome the middling attack.
Meanwhile, Western Michigan has found its groove, coming in on a five-game winning streak and scoring 34 points or more against everyone butMichigan and Eastern Michigan.
CMU is 127th in the nation in total offense, has the least-efficient passing game in the conference, and can’t stop turning the ball over. Giving away four to the guys from Kalamazoo isn’t asking for much.