Central Michigan Chippewas (7-5) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 24, 2014, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -4 -- Over/Under: 66
The Central Michigan Chippewas and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers play Christmas Eve in the Bahamas Bowl at the Thomas Robinson Stadium.
The Central Michigan Chippewas have won five of their last seven games and play their second bowl game in three years. Cooper Rush is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Rush has five touchdowns and four picks in his last two games, and Central Michigan has 24 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Titus Davis and Jesse Kroll have combined for more than 1,300 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Deon Butler has eight of his 26 receptions in his last two games. Central Michigan’s ground game is averaging four yards per carry, as Thomas Rawls leads the way with 1,103 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, the Central Michigan Chippewas are allowing 23.2 points, 331.2 yards, and they’ve forced 20 sacks and 20 turnovers. Justin Cherocci has 107 tackles and Blake Serpa has 11.5 tackles for loss.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won four straight and play in their second bowl game in three years. Brandon Doughty is completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 44 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Doughty has 13 touchdowns and two picks in his last two games, and Western kentucky has 42 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Taywan Taylor and Jared Dangerfield have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Willie McNeal has 11 of his 51 receptions in his last two games. Western Kentucky’s ground game is averaging 4.8 yards per carry, as Leon Allen leads the way with 1,490 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are allowing 39.3 points, 501.8 yards, and they’ve forced 22 sacks and 22 turnovers. Nick Holt has 103 tackles and Ge'Monee Brown has eight tackles for loss.
The Chippewas are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 10-24-1 ATS in their last 35 games following a ATS loss. The Hilltoppers are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games on grass.
I hate teams that can't play a lick of defense, but Western kentucky should be able to outscore the Chippewas in this spot and pick up a solid bowl win. Central Michigan doesn't have the offense to hang with the Hilltoppers, even with Western Kentucky's defense stinking up the joint.