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Ohio Bobcats vs. Central Michigan Chippewas Free Pick - 10/12/13

Central Michigan Chippewas (2-4) at Ohio Bobcats (4-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm (Peden Stadium)

The Line: Ohio Bobcats -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com, ESPN Gameplan

The Ohio Bobcats look to continue their winning ways when the Central Michigan Chippewas visit.

Banged up Central Michigan has their back against the wall with injuries to the back field that has robbed them of their quarterback and running back so a win seems extra special. It didn't matter that the Chippewas knocked off struggling Miami (Ohio) 21-9 in week six because a win is a win although it wasn't a thing of beauty with both teams totaling 294 yards. CMU did most of their damage on the ground with 184 yards with Saylor Savillii piling up 151 yards on 25 carries and a pair of 16 yard scoring runs. Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore added another 50 yards on ten totes which helped make up for a short passing game that saw Cooper Rush complete 11-21 for 110 yards and an interception. The difference in a tight game was the Chips were able to string some plays together when near the end zone.

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Ohio Bobcats vs. Central Michigan Chippewas Free Pick - 10/12/13

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio did not look like themselves on opening day when they were crushed by Louisville although now we know that the Cardinals are exceptionally good. The Bobcats have shaken off that defeat to rattle off four straight wins following a 43-3 victory over Akron in their conference opener. The Ohio defense exerted themselves and not only shut down the Zips but gave their own attack some short fields while recording a safety and returning a fumble for six. The Bobcats held a 362-157 yardage edge with Tyler Tettleton (14-21/171) throwing for a pair of touchdowns and a pick. Beau Blankenship paced a grinding rushing attack with 67 yards on 14 carries in what was actually a plain vanilla offensive performance.

Ohio won big over Akron but it was all defense in my view with the offense looking average. I would hope the defense has the same intensity versus a short handed CMU and perhaps the offense should consider kicking it up a gear or they might not cover...

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