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Tulsa vs. Central Michigan: Miami Beach Bowl - 12/19/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Michigan Chippewas (6-6) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9-3)

College Football: Monday, December 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm (Marlins Park)

The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -12 -- Over/Under: 67.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Central Michigan Chippewas will play the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the Miami Beach Bowl on December 19th.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are 9-3 (6-2) this season after beating Cincinnati by a score of 40-37 in their last game. Tulsa finished the season by winning 5 of their last 6 games and finished 2nd in the American West standings. Tulsa has wins against San Jose State, North Carolina A&T, Fresno State, SMU, Tulane, Memphis, East Carolina, UCF, and Cincinnati. The Tulsa offense is averaging 41.4 points per game with 261.8 rushing yards and 260.8 passing yards per game. Dane Evans is completing 58.2% of his passes for 3044 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions for Tulsa. James Flanders has rushed for 1529 yards and 17 touchdowns, while D’Angelo Brewer has added 1330 yards and 7 scores for the Golden Hurricane. Keevan Lucas has caught 74 passes for 1108 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Josh Atkinson has added 66 catches for 927 yards and 7 touchdowns for Tulsa. The Tulsa defense is giving up 31.5 points per game with 184.1 rushing yards and 248.3 passing yards per game. Trent Martin has led the Tulsa defense with 94 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions, while Matt Linscott has added 77 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. Redford Jones has gone 19-24 on field goals, with a long of 43 yards.

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Tulsa vs. Central Michigan: Miami Beach Bowl - 12/19/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Central Michigan Chippewas are 6-6 (3-5) this season after losing to Eastern Michigan by a score of 26-21 in their last game. Central Michigan lost 4 of their last 5 games and come into this game not playing good football. Central Michigan has wins over Ohio, Northern Illinois, Ball State, UNLV, Oklahoma State, and Presbyterian. The Central Michigan offense is averaging 27.7 points per game with 118.7 rushing yards and 276.4 passing yards per game. Cooper Rush is completing 61.1% of his passes for 3299 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions for CMU. Devon Spalding has rushed for 737 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Jahray Hayes has added 468 yards and 8 scores for the Chippewas. Corey Willis has caught 69 passes for 1028 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Mark Chapman has added 40 catches for 563 yards and 4 touchdowns for Central Michigan. The Central Michigan defense is giving up 28.2 points per game and 161.3 rushing yards and 214.8 passing yards per game. Malik Fountain has led the Central Michigan defense with 84 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 1 sacks, and 1 interceptions, while Joe Ostman has added 64 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks. Brian Eavey has gone 7-16 on field goals, with a long of 45 yards.

Central Michigan is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss. The under is 8-0 in Central Michigan’s last 8 games against a team with a winning record. The over is 6-1 in Central Michigan’s last 7 games on grass. Tulsa is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game. The under is 4-0 in Tulsa’s last 4 games against the MAC.

Central Michigan finished the season in disappointing fashion, while Tulsa is going for their 10th win. Tulsa has been very good on offense, but has looked weak on defense at times. Central Michigan has struggled on offense, but has the weapons to put up some points in this game. I like Tulsa to win this game, but I am going with Central Michigan to keep it close. 

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