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Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 12:00pm EST
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Miami (OH) RedHawks vs. Central Michigan Chippewas

Where: Ford Field, Detroit, MI

When: Saturday, December 7, 12:00 PM. ET.

The Central Michigan Chippewas will be going for their fourth consecutive win when they face the Miami (OH) RedHawks in the MAC Championship Game on Saturday afternoon.

RedHawks Going For Sixth Win In Seven Games

The RedHawks got off to a 2-6 start this season, but they played well in conference play, winning six of their eight games. They had their five-game winning streak snapped by Ball State in their last game and will try to bounce back from the loss against the Chippewa s and pick up their sixth win in seven games. However, they will need to do a better job on the defensive end than they have for most of the season, especially against a good offensive team like the Chippewas.

Miami played well against MAC teams this season, which allowed the team to win the East Division, but the two conference losses they had this season came against West Division teams. They will try to avoid losing a third game to a West Division team when they face the Chippewas.

The RedHawks didn’t do a great job throwing the ball during the regular season, averaging 170.9 passing yards per game. They had better luck on the ground, averaging 137.8 rushing yards per game, which was 99th in the country.

Brett Gabbert completed 53.9 percent of his passes for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Jaylon Bester rushed for 623 yards and 11 touchdowns, while James Maye led the team with 390 receiving yards and one touchdown.

The RedHawks struggled defensively, giving up 28.8 points per game. They had a tough time slowing down the run, giving up 180.3 rushing yards per game and will need to figure out a way to slow down the run against the Chippewas, who have the 38th best rushing game in the country.

If the RedHawks can slow down the run and force the Chippewas to throw the ball, they will have a better chance of winning this game because they played better against the pass this season, holding opponents to 202.3 passing yards per game.

Chippewas Going For First MAC Title Since 2009

The Chippewas were impressive this season, and are on the verge of completing the biggest turnaround in school history if they win the MAC title on Saturday. The team has followed up a one-win season in 2018 with an eight-win season this year and will try to pick up their ninth win of the year against the RedHawks.

Like the RedHawks, the Chippewas finished Mac play with two losses, one of which came on the road to Buffalo and the other against Western Michigan. They did manage to defeat Ball State, which blew out the RedHawks in their last game and have to like their chances going into Saturday’s game.

Central Michigan had one of the best offenses in the country this season, but they still have some room for improvement on the defensive end. The team averaged 35.8 points per game and did a great job keeping their opponents off-balance thanks to a well-rounded offense that averaged 259.2 passing yards per game and 194 rushing yards per game.

Senior quarterback Quinten Dormady completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,916 yards, 13 touchdowns, and five interceptions. Jonathan Ward rushed for 1,056 yards and 15 touchdowns, while Kalil Pimpleton had 771 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

The Chippewas gave up 26.8 points per game defensively, but they played well against Toledo in their last game, holding the Rockets to seven points. If they can keep the RedHawks from running the ball, they should be able to complete their turnaround and win their first MAC title in a decade.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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Both teams have played well against the spread, but the Chippewas are the pick here. Central Michigan played well down the stretch, winning six of their last seven games, while the RedHawks won five of their last seven games. The Chippewas have a potent offense and can beat opponents by throwing or running the ball. They score 35.8 points per game and average 259.2 passing yards per game and 194 rushing yards per game, which are 40th and 38th respectively in the country. The RedHawks are giving up 28.8 points per game and struggle to defend the run, giving up 180.3 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns during the regular season. They are also giving up 202.3 passing yards per game and gave up 23 passing touchdowns during the regular season which means they will have a hard time slowing down the Chippewas. Central Michigan will have an easier time stopping the RedHawks because Miami averages only 170.9 passing yards per game and won’t give them any problems through the air. The RedHawks average 137.8 rushing yards per game, but they will struggle to run the ball against the Chippewas, who are holding opponents to 118.3 rushing yards per game. With the RedHawks giving up more points than they score and facing a team that scores a lot, Central Michigan will win this game comfortably.

Prediction: Central Michigan Chippewas -7

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Chippewas are averaging 35.8 points per game and will go over 30 points against the RedHawks, who will struggle to slow down their offense. The RedHawks are averaging 24.6 points per game. Even though they won’t be able to keep up with the Chippewas offensively, they will score at least 20 points on the Chippewas, who are giving up 26.8 points per game, which will push the score over the total. The over is 5-2 in Miami’s last seven games against teams with winning records and 6-1 in Central Michigan’s last seven games.

Prediction: Over 54

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Chippewas will cover the first half spread because they have outplayed the RedHawks in the first half of their games this season, averaging 17.9 points per game while the RedHawks average 13.2 points per game.

Prediction: Central Michigan Chippewas -3.5

Half-Time Total Bet

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The Chippewas and RedHawks are averaging 31.1 points per game in the first half of their games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over 27
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