Ohio Bobcats (5-6) at Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (2-9)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 25, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Miami (Ohio) RedHawks +2 -- Over/Under:
The Ohio Bobcats and Miami of Ohio Redhawks play Tuesday night at Yager Stadium.
The Ohio Bobcats have split their last four games and need this win to become bowl eligible. Ohio is a defensive team that’s allowing 20.2 points, 401.4 yards, and has forced 20 sacks and 17 turnovers. The Ohio Bobcats have allowed 24 or less points in five of their last eight games. Quentin Poling leads Ohio with 84 tackles and Jovon Johnson has nine tackles for loss. Offensively, Derrius Vick is completing 59.2 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and three interceptions. Vick has two total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and Ohio has 22 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Chase Cochran and Sebastian Smith have combined for more than 700 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Landon Smith is coming off a four-catch performance. Ohio’s ground game is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, and A.J. Ouellette leads the way with 689 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
The Miami of Ohio Redhawks have lost four of their last five games and are just happy this season is over. The Redhawks are a heavy passing team led by Andrew Hendrix who is completing 49.3 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hendrix has four total touchdowns and one pick in his last three games, and Miami of Ohio has 29 passing plays of 25 or more yards. David Frazier and Rokeem Williams have combined for more than 1,500 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Alex Welch has six of his 23 receptions in his last game. Miami of Ohio’s ground game is averaging 3.2 yards per carry, and Dawan Scott leads the way with 381 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Miami of Ohio Redhawks are allowing 32.5 points, 441.6 yards, and they’ve forced 15 sacks and 19 turnovers. Heath Harding leads the Redhawks with 87 tackles and Kent Kern has eight tackles for loss.
The Bobcats are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Redhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games.
I know it's a rivalry game and everything but the Ohio Bobcats have more to play for in this matchup as a win sends them to the postseason. Ohio also has a solid defense while Miami of Ohio, well, has nothing that's impressive. Give me the Bobcats and the tiny chalk.