Central Michigan vs. Toledo - 10/14/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Michigan vs. Toledo - 10/14/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Toledo Rockets (4-1) at Central Michigan Chippewas (3-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Kelly/Shorts Stadium)

The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas +8 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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We have some MAC-tion on the college football slate on Saturday afternoon, as the Toledo Rockets pay a visit to the Central Michigan Chippewas.

The Toledo Rockets will look to build on their solid 4-1 start after winning their MAC conference opener by a final score of 20-15 over Eastern Michigan. Logan Woodside led the Rockets under center, going 23 of 34 for 289 yards in the win. Art Thompkins led the team with 94 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, while Shakif Seymour added 55 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries of his own. Diontae Johnson led the team with 8 catches for 97 yards, while Danzel McKinley-Lewis added 4 catches and 61 yards of his own in the winning effort. Defensively, a pair of Khalil Robinson sacks highlighted a solid effort from Toledo, as they held Eastern Michigan to 326 yards of total offense and just 1 for 11 on 3rd down while dominating the time of possession battle, holding onto the rock for over 35 minutes in the win.

The Central Michigan Chippewas will look to build some momentum after snapping their 3-game losing streak with a 26-23 victory over Ohio to improve to 3-3 this season and 1-1 in MAC play. Shane Morrie racked up 249 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception on 25 of 35 passing. Tony Poljan led a weak effort from the CMU ground attack, taking 5 carries and turning them into a team-high 24 rushing yards, while Kumehnnu Gwilly took a team-high 8 carries and flipped them into just 17 rushing yards. Tyler Conklin haule in 10 balls for 136 yards and both of Central Michigan’s TD grabs in the win, while Mark Chapman and Jonathan Ward each caught 6 passes apiece. Defensively, CMU combined for a pair of sacks and an interception, despite being outgained 350-317 and allowing Ohio to put up a 10 for 15 mark on 3rd down in the win.

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Toledo is 14-3 ATS in their last 17 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 conference games. Central Michigan is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall while the under is 10-1 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. Toledo is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Normally I wouldn’t want to lay double digits on the road with a Rockets bunch that’s just 1-4 ATS this season. However, the Rockets have the reputation of road warriors against the number, going 14-3 against the spread on the road over the last couple of years, and have owned the Chippewas against the spread as of late. Gotta give the edge to Toledo here.

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Chris’s Pick Toledo -8

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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