This Friday the Miami (OH) RedHawks will play host to the Central Michigan Chippewas. Kickoff is set for 6:00 EST at Yager Stadium and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. Oddsmakers have the Chippewas as 4-point road favorite. They aren’t expecting much offense, as the total is just 46.5 points. Click here for more betting leans and game odds for Week 10.
Central Michigan vs Miami (OH) Vegas Spread Preview
The Chippewas (5-4, 2-3 MAC) come into this one off a 24-27 home loss to Kent State. It was a surprising loss for Central Michigan, who was a 12-point favorite. The Chippewas only have themselves to blame, after blowing a 24-10 2nd half lead.
The RedHawks (3-6, 3-2 MAC) enter off a 28-15 win at Eastern Michigan as a 7-point dog. That’s now 3 straight victories for Miami, who had opened the season 0-6.
Free Betting Pick & Predictions: Miami (OH) +4
I’ll take my chances with the RedHawks catching points at home against the Chippewas. I just think this Miami team doesn’t get the respect they deserve. It’s a big reason why they are 6-3 ATS this season. Keep in mind that prior to winning their last 3, this team had gone 5-37 in their previous 42 games. The public simply can’t stomach backing them as a just a 4-point dog.
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Central Michigan on the other hand has a well known quarterback in Cooper Rush. That’s going to draw a lot of attention to the Chippewas at this line. However, this team is not playing well at the moment and the struggled could continue.
The Chippewas will be without leading rusher Devon Spalding. That’s a big loss, as he’s rushed for 652 yards with a 5.4 average per carry. Next best is Jahray Hayes with 327 yards and a mere 3.7 yards/carry. Spalding was also a big weapon in the passing game, catching 22 passes on the season.
That going to allow the RedHawks defense to focus all their attention on the passing game. Keep in mind this Miami defense has been playing really well all season. They come in ranked 23rd in the country in total defense allowing just 350 ypg. That’s an impressive mark given they played Iowa, WKU and Cincinnati in non-conference.
The numbers for the RedHawks offense aren’t great. They have the 114th ranked rushing attack (124.2 ypg) and are 73rd in passing (225.8 ypg). However, they have put up 68 points in their last 2 games, both of which they have went over 400 total yards.
Keep in mind their 3-game winning streak coincided with the decision to start Gus Ragland at quarterback. He’s stepped in an completed 60% of his attempts with 6-0 TD/INT ratio.
This also hasn’t been a great spot for the Chippewas. Central Michigan is just 8-19 ATS in their last 27 road games off 2 straight losses. On the flip side of this, Miami is 9-2 ATS in the 2nd half under head coach Chuck Martin.
I also like the revenge the RedHawks have in this one having lost 3 straight in the series. On top of that, Central Michigan doesn’t have a lot to play for. They are all but out of the MAC title picture, which was their goal coming into the season. They could also be looking ahead to their home finale next week against Ohio.