Central Michigan vs Tulsa Miami Beach Bowl Betting Prediction

Posted by Peter Boysen on December 15, 2016 in

Central Michigan and Tulsa will square off in the Miami Beach Bowl next Monday. The Chippewas (6-6) barely qualified for a bowl game, while Tulsa (9-3) played some impressive games in their American Athletic Conference slate. Tulsa brings in a dynamic offense that averaged 41 points per game, while Central Michigan averaged two touchdowns less, at 27 points per contest. The Chippewas will definitely have their hands full down in South Florida. Check out all of our college football betting odds and lines for the bowl season.

Central Michigan vs Tulsa Miami Beach Bowl Betting Prediction

When: Monday, December 19, 2016, 2:30pm ET
Where: Marlins Park, Miami, FL
TV: ESPN
Radio: Central Michigan / Tulsa
Live Stream: WatchESPN
NCAA Football Odds: Tulsa (-11.5), O/U 69

Why should you bet on the Chippewas?

Central Michigan actually sat at 5-2 at one point, but then they dropped four of five and almost missed out on the bowl season entirely. Quarterback Cooper Rush has a penchant for big games, but he also has an interception problem, as he hurled 13 on the season. Tailback Devon Spalding is a bright spot for the Chippewas, as he rumbled for three touchdowns in the team’s last game against Eastern Michigan. Despite missing a pair of games, Spalding picked up 737 yards on the season, on just 131 carries. On the defensive side, Central Michigan has a strong secondary, led by cornerback Amari Coleman, who had four interceptions on the season. Given that this team beat Oklahoma State on the road and lost to Kent State at home, though, betting on this team is a real crapshoot.

Why should you put your money on the Golden Hurricane?

Tulsa took three losses this year, but they still probably should have ended up in a more marquee bowl matchup than this one. Yes, Ohio State demolished them, but they lost by seven to then-#13 Houston (who beat Oklahoma and Louisville this year) and by two to Navy, who was a ranked team until they lost their starting quarterback and tailback at the end of the season. The problem for the Central Michigan defense is that Tulsa is equally powerful with the run and the pass. Quarterback Dane Evans broke the 3,000-yard mark this year, throwing for 27 touchdown passes, but James Flanders and D’Angelo Brewer can also kill you from the tailback position, as they combined for 2,849 total rushing yards with 24 touchdowns. Tulsa does not always play solid defense (they gave up 40 points to SMU at home), but with their high-octane offense, that’s not always a concern.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Given the downward spiral with which Central Michigan has finished their season, I like Tulsa to turn this into a whipping relatively quickly. I predict a final score of Tulsa 44, Central Michigan 16.