Minnesota vs. Central Michigan - 12/28/15 College Football Quick Lane Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Michigan Chippewas (6-5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-7)
College Football: Monday, December 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 49 See the Latest Odds
The Central Michigan Chippewas and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Monday afternoon in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field.
The Central Michigan Chippewas look for their fourth bowl victory since the 2006 season. Cooper Rush is completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,703 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Rush has five passing touchdowns in his last three games. Jesse Kroll and Anthony Rice have combined for 1,440 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Ben McCord has 37 receptions. The Central Michigan Chippewas ground game is averaging 101 yards per contest, and Martez Walker leads the way with 373 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Central Michigan is allowing 22.1 points and 328.2 yards per game. Kavon Frazier leads the Chippewas with 103 tackles, Tony Annese has two interceptions and Blake Serpa has three sacks. Joe Ostman and Stefon Armstead are questionable.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for their first bowl victory since the 2004 season. Mitch Leidner is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 2,478 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Leidner has three touchdown passes in his last three games. KJ Maye and Drew Wolitarsky have combined for 1,178 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Brandon Lingen has 28 receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 142.9 yards per contest, and Shannon Brooks leads the way with 644 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 26.1 points and 354 yards per game. Antonio Johnson leads the Golden Gophers with 98 tackles, Jalen Myrick has three interceptions and Theiren Cockran has three sacks. Isaiah Gentry, Jeff Jones and Scott Ekpe are questionable.
Central Michigan is going to have a huge home field advantage given that this game is played in its backyard at Ford Field. The Chippewas aggressive passing attack should also work well on the fast track indoors. Meanwhile, Minnesota has lost five of its last six games and that defense has looked a little shaky recently.
I like the points here with what can be considered the home team, as CMU has a chance to win this thing outright with an offense that can score and score.