Central Michigan Chippewas (5-6) vs Toledo Rockets (10-1)
2023-11-24 12:00:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Central Michigan Chippewas +13.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5
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The Toledo Rockets and the Central Michigan Chippewas meet in college football MAC-tion from Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Friday. make sure to read our Toledo vs Central Michigan Prediction.
Toledo Headed To MAC Championship
The Toledo Rockets come into this one looking to prep for the MAC championship game, sitting at 10-1 on the year after a 32-31 win over Bowling Green last time out. Dequan Finn has thrown for 2,287 yards, 20 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 65.9% passing while also rushing for 506 yards and 6 TDs. Peny Boone leads Toledo in rushing with 1,173 yards and 13 touchdowns while Jacquez Stuart has 400 rushing yards and 4 TDs. Jerjuan Newton has a team-high 42 receptions for 556 yards and 9 touchdowns while Junior Vandeross III has 475 receiving yards and 4 TDs. Anthony Torres also has 378 receiving yards while another four Rockets have 100+ receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Dallas Gant has a team-high 84 total tackles while Judge Culpepper has a team-high 6 sacks and Maxen Hook has 3 interceptions this season.
Toledo Rockets Team Facts
Toledo has won each of its last 10 games.
The team ranked 23rd in the AP Poll has failed to cover the spread in five of its last six games.
Toledo has won the first quarter in four of its last five games against conference opponents.
Toledo has won the first half in three of its last four games against conference opponents.
Six of Toledo’s last seven games as a favorite against Central Michigan have gone UNDER the total points line.
Central Michigan Falls To Ohio
The Central Michigan Chippewas come into this one looking to secure bowl eligibility after a 34-20 loss to Ohio dropped the Chips to 5-6 on the year. Jase Bauer has thrown for 1,699 yards, 11 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 56.7% passing while Marion Lukes has 684 rushing yards with 5 touchdowns and Myles Bailey has 425 rushing yards with 3 TDs. The aforementioned Bauer also has 367 rushing yards with 9 touchdowns this season on the ground. Jesse Prewitt III leads CMU in receiving with 432 receiving yards along with 4 touchdowns while Chris Parker has 409 receiving yards with 3 TDs and Tyson Davis has 385 receiving yards and 4 scores. On defense, Trey Jones has a team-high 66 total tackles while Jacques Bristol has a team-high 4 sacks and Maurice White has 3.5 sacks this season.
Central Michigan Chippewas Team Facts
Central Michigan has won 14 of its last 15 matches at Kramer/Deromedi Field at Kelly/Shorts Stadium when playing with a rest disadvantage.
Central Michigan has failed to cover the spread in eight of its last nine games against conference opponents.
Central Michigan has lost the first half in three of its last four games against conference opponents.
Each of Central Michigan’s last nine November games as an underdog have gone OVER the total points line.
I’m on the over here. Toledo’s flat out shown no signs of letting down even since booking their spot in the conference title game weeks ago and I don’t expect that to change here, especially against a porous CMU defense. On the other side, Toledo’s defense is the strength, but I expect Central Michigan to throw everything at the wall here to see what sticks. I will expect this one to be an entertaining track meet, and I’ll back the over here.