Bet Central Michigan +1 On College Football Odds Over Ohio In MAC Matchup

Joe Catalano

Monday, November 14, 2016 8:43 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 8:43 PM UTC

The Ohio Bobcats (7-3, 5-1) have won three consecutive games and are atop the MAC East Division. The Bobcats face a stern road test Tuesday vs. the excellent passing attack of Central Michigan (5-5, 2-4), led by QB Cooper Rush. CMU can't be taken lightly, and the NCAA betting odds indicate this. 

Now Or Never For Chips

According to 5Dimes, the Bobcats are just 1-point favorites on college football picks. While Central Michigan possesses an effective aerial attack and home-field advantage, its defense has been the downfall. The Chippewas are on a three-game losing streak and have allowed 27 or more points in their last four. A winning team usually has a well-balanced offense and defense and this is why the Chips are sitting at .500 and pin a must-win situation if they're to get a sniff where a bowl game is concerned.

CMU's senior Rush would like to finish his illustrious collegiate career in a bowl game. At 5-5 and with a poor conference record, this is a stretch -- but it starts with this game and Rush has the arm to pull off the mini upset. For his career, Rush has thrown more than 12,000 yards to go along with 88 touchdowns. He will be drafted by some NFL team.

This season, he's thrown for 2,775 yards and 21 TDs but has been forcing the issue as of late and turnovers lead to losses. In his last four games, Rush has thrown eight picks to go along with six touchdowns. He must avoid committing turnovers Tuesday as this game could go down to the wire.

Rush has the running game and talented receivers to support him. Senior running back, Jahray Hayes got his chance to be the lead running back last week, and he cashed in with 60 yards and TDs. CMU leading receiver Corey Willis (790 yards, 9 TD's) has been "Mr. Consistency" all season long as he's caught at least five passes in eight straight games. 

I expect Central Michigan's offense to be effective. This game comes down to its defense and the battle of the turnovers.

Ohio's Well-Balanced Attack

Where the Bobcats are concerned, the element of surprise is there and has been effective regarding opposing defenses. Ohio's offense has produced an even 16 touchdowns on the ground and 16 touchdowns through the air.

Freshman quarterback Quinton Maxwell has come into this offense in the last handful of games and has been very successful in helping the Bobcats win as he's been able to get the offense into the end zone, whether it be through the air or running the football himself.

Maxwell is coming off of an outstanding effort in a 34-10 win over Buffalo in which he threw for 221 yards and two TDs and also ran for 50 yards and a TD. There's a lot of pressure on Maxwell in this game, but he has a solid running back in Dorian Brown. Brown has produced touchdowns in three out of his past four and ran for a season high 212 yards against Toledo in a 31-26 victory two weeks ago.

College football odds at SBR's best sportsbooks have this game well placed at a near tossup. Central Michigan has a decisive advantage with Rush at the controls, but the Chippewas are their worst enemy at times. Still, look for Central Michigan to take this one in a crucial game for both.

NCAAF Free Pick: CMU +1Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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