The MAC takes the spotlight during the week again, with the action starting on Tuesday night. They’ve pretty well made it now where football is played every day. And when you think of it, it’s the truth. Usually Tuesday and Wednesday nights were a break from football. And then the MAC started placing games on Wednesday’s, and now it’s a regular thing for college football on a Tuesday night. There are a couple of games on the schedule Tuesday, with Kent State and Bowling Green tangling, and Ohio and Central Michigan. What an exciting slate of action. Okay, this is one of these nights where the only conceivable way you’re watching is for gambling purposes. I am fairly certain the only reason these games are on is for gamblers. The networks are fully aware that the vast majority of their audience is tuning-in to carefully watch their investments unfold on TV. There aren’t many fans of these teams out there, other than students who want to go to games and get drunk.
Let’s move on, though. For the purposes of this edition of Tuesday night football, we take a look at the Ohio Bobcats vs the Central Michigan Chippewa’s. Central Michigan appeared to be headed for a pretty nice season following the win earlier against Oklahoma State. However, Central Michigan hasn’t had a win in four weeks, needing one more win to become bowl eligible. I remember that some teams made bowls last year with five win records, but even at 6-6, if that’s what they finish, I’m not of the belief that the Chippewa deserve to be playing in a bowl game.
Sorry but losing to Kent State should automatically count you out. The Golden Flashes are one of the worst teams in college football this season, who are in action as well against Bowling Green, who are equally as much of a bad team. The moral of the story is that there are a lot of bad football teams playing tonight. The Bobcats, though, are searching for MAC glory by finding the MAC Championship. At 7-3 and 5-1 in the conference, the Bobcats are currently 1st in the MAC East. So, there is a little to play for with respects to Central Michigan and a lot for Ohio.
Ohio Bobcats vs. Central Michigan Chippewas NCAAF Betting Odds:
vs. Central Michigan +1(-110)
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The storyline of this game looks pretty easy to pinpoint. On one side, Ohio, is going all the way up, while Central Michigan look to have lost their confidence. The Bobcats have won three straight games, and then there is Central Michigan who are on a three-game skid. Both teams have extended time to prepare for this matchup, with Central Michigan’s last game on the 4th and Ohio on the 3rd. Ohio loves to pound the ball, we rarely see them put the ball in the air with freshman Quinton Maxwell. He has thrown for just 890 yards this season, but has kept his ratio steady with 7 touchdowns to 3 interceptions. He’s been great his last two games, passing for 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Ohio are 45th running the football and back in 74th in passing. Like I said, this isn’t much of a passing offense, but Maxwell has shown he can be pretty efficient with the ball in his hands when they’ve needed him. Considering Central Michigan have Oklahoma State on their resume from earlier this season, it’s pretty impressive that they are 33rd in the country defending the pass.
Oklahoma State has been dicing teams up lately and Central Michigan were one of the few to be able to play them well. Then and now is totally different, but we will give them some credit. Quarterback Cooper Rush has thrown for 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for Central Michigan. In his fifth and final season he has been adequate. They are actually 27th in the nation in passion, so it’s better than you would expect with them. I see everyone on Ohio, but this looks like a nice opportunity for Central Michigan to catch Ohio sleeping on a Tuesday night. There is a reason why this is essentially a pick em’ spread with a 7-3 team playing a team 5-5 squad. The bait seems to be planted, but I’m not going to fall for it. It’s the Chippewas for me.