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-NoteThe 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 WinThe 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.
A little Sunday Rewind from the 13-3 win last night over BYU. pic.twitter.com/lIkCuIygf8— SDSU Football (@SDSUFootball) December 1, 2019
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.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Central Michigan is:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: San Diego State is:
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win.
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in December.