NCAA Football Betting Preview
Ohio Bobcats (9-3) vs. Central Michigan Chippewas (10-2)
Friday December 4th, 8:00PM Eastern
Betus.com betting line – Ohio +13, 53 O/U
The Mid-American Conference Championship will take place live from Ford Field this Friday night when the Ohio Bobcats meet up with the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Chippewas actually battled their way to an undefeated 8-0 mark in the conference this year and will be near two touchdowns favorites in the Championship Game on Friday night. Their opponent the Ohio Bobcats own a solid 7-1 mark in conference play with a slip-up to Kent State 20-11 earlier this year. However, Ohio has put together 4 straight wins and they seek the biggest of all this Friday.
The Bobcats reached the championship game back in 2006, but were steam rolled by Central Michigan as Dan LeFevour threw for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns. After a few disappointing seasons, Ohio returns to the title game in attempt to bring home their first conference hardware since 1968. However, the same Dan LeFevour and Central Michigan stand in the way. LeFevour has had an excellent senior season completing a stout 71% passing while racking up 25 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions throughout the season.
The biggest recipient of those passes has been junior wide out Antonio Brown. Brown has put together 954 receiving yards along with 9 scores this season and is the biggest threat to the Bobcats defense outside of LeFevour. The key for Central Michigan will be allowing LeFevour to throw the football. In the only two losses the Chippewas have experienced this year, their senior quarterback had just over 250 yards with 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in those games combined. It is safe to say when defenses can get pressure on the passing game it can be controlled. However, if the Bobcats can not get any type of pressure it could and may be a long day.
Ohio on the other hand does not have an offense that is known for posting huge performances. In fact, the Bobcats offense ranks an embarrassing 99th in total offense averaging just 328 yards per game. So how has this team with no offense been able to cruise through the conference you may ask? Well the Bobcats play pretty solid defense as they have allowed just 21 points per game this season and they also rank 6th in the country in turnover margin with the help of an NCAA 2nd best 33 takeaways this season. The Bobcats secondary has picked off 19 passes this season and a few more this Friday would really help in bringing home the hardware.
The best area of attack the Bobcats possess is in their passing game. QB Theo Scott has posted 19 touchdowns this season with 10 interceptions. However, Scott has been very impressive over the past two games throwing 6 touchdowns without a single pick. Ohio will need another mistake free effort from Scott in the passing game. Fortunately, Scott has a few veteran wide receivers in his arsenal. WR Taylor Price and WR LaVon Brazil have combined for 100 catches with 1,400 plus yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. These two guys will be huge difference makers in keeping the Bobcats in the game. Considering how neither offense has a strong running game it is likely that defenses could have the advantage in the game or then again the quarterbacks could be in store for a shootout.
Pick – Central Michigan -13