Central Michigan Chippewas (7-5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-7)
|Date & Time||Monday December 28, 2015, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -6 -- Over/Under: 49
The Central Michigan Chippewas will play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Quick Lane Bowl.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers were 5-7 and finished 6th in the Big Ten West Division standings. The Minnesota offense is averaging 24.6 points per game with 214.2 passing yards per game and 142.9 rushing yards per game. Mitch Leidner is the Minnesota quarterback who is completing 57.8% of his passes for 2478 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Shannon Brooks has 644 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns for the Golden Gophers. Rodney Smith has 596 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for Minnesota, but he is questionable with an injury. KJ Maye has 706 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Drew Wolitarsky has 395 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for Minnesota. The Minnesota defense is giving up 26.1 points per game with 182.4 passing yards per game and 171.6 rushing yards per game. Antonio Johnson has 99 tackles, Steven Richardson has 3.5 sacks, and Jalen Myrick has 3 interceptions for Minnesota. Minnesota is -4 in turnover margin this season.
The Central Michigan Chippewas were 7-5 this season and finished tied for first place in the MAC West Division standings. The Central Michigan offense is averaging 27 points per game with 313.3 passing yards per game and 100.3 rushing yards per game. Cooper Rush is the Central Michigan quarterback who is completing 67.2% of his passes for 3703 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Martez Walker has 373 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for Central Michigan. Jahray Hayes has 313 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns for the Chippewas. Jesse Kroll has 856 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Anthony Rice has 584 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for Central Michigan. The Central Michigan defense is giving up 22.1 points per game with 190.5 passing yards per game and 137.7 rushing yards per game. Kavon Frazier has 103 tackles, Blake Serpa has 3 sacks, and Tony Annese has two interceptions for Central Michigan. Central Michigan is +2 in turnover margin this season.
Minnesota is one of the teams that got into a bowl game with a 5-7 record this season. Minnesota really was not impressive this season and finished losing 5 of their last 6 games. Minnesota also had one of the worst offenses in the country and really struggled to score consistently. Central Michigan had a very good year and almost made it to the MAC Championship game. Central Michigan finished the season winning 5 of their last 6 games. Central Michigan also has a very good passing attack, but will be playing a tough Minnesota defense. I think this will be a close game, so I am taking Central Michigan.