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Miami-OH RedHawks vs. Central Michigan Chippewas - 11/4/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Michigan Chippewas (5-4) at Miami-OH RedHawks (3-6)
Date & Time Friday November 4, 2016, 6:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Miami-OH RedHawks +3.5 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Central Michigan Chippewas (5-4) at Miami-OH RedHawks (3-6)

The Central Michigan Chippewas will travel to play the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks in a MAC College Football Game on Friday night.

The Miami (Ohio) RedHawks are 3-6 (3-2) this season after beating Eastern Michigan by a score of 28-15 in their last game. Miami (OH) has won 3 games in a row, which has put them in a tie for second place in the MAC East standings. The Miami (OH) offense is averaging 20.9 points per game with 124.2 rushing yards and 225.8 passing yards per game. Gus Ragland is completing 59.5% of his passes for 571 yards and 6 touchdowns for Miami (OH). Alonzo Smith has rushed for 481 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Kenny Young has added 385 yards and 1 score for the RedHawks. James Gardner has caught 35 passes for 581 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Jared Murphy has caught 32 passes for 393 yards and 2 touchdowns for Miami (OH). The Miami defense is giving up 25.7 points per game with 132.4 rushing yards and 217.3 passing yards per game. Junior McMullen has led the RedHawks defense with 62 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 1 sack, while De’Andre Montgomery has added 45 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 3 interceptions. Nick Dowd has gone 7-8 on field goals, with a long of 38 yards for Miami (OH).

The Central Michigan Chippewas are 5-4 (2-3) this season after losing to Kent State by a score of 27-24 in their last game. Central Michigan has lost their last 2 games and is tied for 4th in the MAC West standings. The Central Michigan offense is averaging 29.7 points per game with 136.6 rushing yards and 283.4 passing yards per game. Cooper Rush is completing 59% of his passes for 2533 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions for Central Michigan. Devon Spalding has rushed for 652 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Jahray Hayes has added 327 yards and 5 touchdowns for the Chippewas. Corey Willis has caught 48 passes for 717 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Tyler Conklin has caught 31 balls for 446 yards and 4 touchdowns for CMU. The Central Michigan defense is giving up 28.4 points per game with 154 rushing yards and 199.7 passing yards per game. Malik Fountain has led the Central Michigan defense with 69 tackles and 9 tackles for loss, while Joe Ostman has added 48 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks. Brian Eavey has gone 4-12 on field goals, with a long of 45 yards.

Central Michigan is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 November games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The over is 4-1 in Central Michigan’s last 5 November games. Miami (OH) is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 November games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games. The under is 4-0 in Miami (OH) last 4 home games. The road team is 5-1 ATS in these two teams last 6 meetings.

Central Michigan had a tough loss last week in a game that they should have won, while Miami (OH) is just hanging onto bowl eligibility. Central Michigan has a good passing attack behind quarterback Cooper Rush, while Miami (OH) has a much slower offense. I like Central Michigan to bounce back on the road here behind a much stronger game from Rush. 

Central Michigan Chippewas -3.5

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