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Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 2:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Central Michigan Chippewas vs San Diego State Aztecs

Where: Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM

When: Saturday, December 21, 2:00 PM. ET.

The San Diego State Aztecs will be going for their second consecutive win when they take on the Central Michigan Chippewas in the New Mexico Bowl.

Chippewas Trying To End Season On High-Note

The Chippewas had an impressive regular season, bouncing back from a one-win season last year and winning eight games this season, which allowed them to compete for the MAC title. Even though they fell short of winning the conference title, they surpassed expectations this season and will try to end the season on a high note with their ninth win of the year.

Central Michigan will also be trying to snap a four-bowl losing streak in what will be their first bowl game since 2017.

The Chippewas had one of the best offenses in the country this season, averaging 34.6 points per game. The team had a balanced attack, throwing for 258.9 yards and rushing for 186.7 yards per game, which were both ranked 40th in the country.

Quinten Dormady led the Chippewas with 2,148 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Jonathan Ward rushed for 1,082 yards and 15 touchdowns, while Kalil Pimpleton had 79 receptions for 823 yards and six touchdowns.

The Chippewas didn’t play well defensively, giving up 26.8 points per game. They did a good job in the first half, holding Miami (OH) to 10 points, but they couldn’t hold on to their lead in the second half after giving up 16 points. They will need to do a better job when they face the Aztecs.

JaCorey Sullivan, who was the team’s second-leading receiver is listed as questionable for this game, as is defensive back Darius Bracy, who has an undisclosed injury.

Aztecs Going For Second Consecutive Win

The Aztecs missed out on an opportunity to play for the Mountain West title after losing to Hawaii in their second to last game of the regular season but bounced back from the tough loss with a win over BYU, which gave them their ninth win of the year. They will be trying to win at least 10 games for the fourth time in the last five years when they play the Chippewas. The Aztecs will also be trying to snap their two-bowl losing streak in this game.

San Diego State struggled offensively this season, averaging 19 points per game. The team struggled to throw the ball, averaging 195.6 passing yards per game, but they had some success running it, averaging 133.7 rushing yards per game.

Ryan Agnew led the Aztecs with 2,175 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and five interceptions. Juwan Washington led the team with 500 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Kobe Smith led the team with 57 receptions for 673 yards and four touchdowns.

The Aztecs had one of the best defenses in the country, holding opponents to 12.8 points per game. They held the Cougars to three points in their last game and haven’t given up more than 17 points a game in their last six games. If they continue playing well defensively, they will give themselves a chance to win this game.

Agnew missed the team’s game against BYU with a calf injury and is listed as probable for this game.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Aztecs have done a great job on the defensive end, holding opponents to 12.8 points per game. Even though the team hasn’t given up more than 20 points in each of their last five games, they will have their hands full against the Chippewas, who are averaging 34.6 points per game. The Chippewas have a balanced offense that can hurt opponents through the air or on the ground. The Aztecs have done a good job against the run, holding opponents to 72.3 rushing yards per game. However, opponents are averaging 216.5 passing yards against them. With the Chippewas averaging 235 passing yards per game, Quinten Dormady and the Chippewas will be able to move the ball through the air, which should also open up some running lanes. On the other side, the Aztecs average 19 points per game and focus more on running the ball. With the Chippewas holding opponents to 116 rushing yards per game, they will have a hard time moving the ball in this game, making the Chippewas the best bet to cover the spread.

Prediction: Central Michigan Chippewas +4

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Chippewas are a high-scoring team that is averaging 34.6 points per game, going up against a very good defensive team that is holding opponents to 12.8 points per game. With the Aztecs struggling against the pass, they will have a hard time keeping the Chippewas under 25 points in this game. The Aztecs are averaging 19 points per game, but they will be able to go over their season average against the Chippewas, who are giving up 26.8 points per game and have held only two of their last seven opponents under 20 points, making the over the smart play here.

Prediction: Over 41

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Chippewas will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Aztecs in the first half of their last three games, averaging 20 points per game while the Aztecs average 6.7 points per game.

Prediction: Central Michigan Chippewas

Half-Time Total Bet

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The Aztecs and Chippewas are averaging 26.7 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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