Game Time: 3:30 pm ET, Saturday, October 9, 2021
Venue: Peden Stadium, Athens, OH
Where to Watch: ESPN+
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: CMU -5, Ohio +5; Over/Under: 55 points
Bet365: Point Spread: CMU -5, Ohio +5; Over/Under: 55 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: CMU -5, Ohio +5; Over/Under: 55 points
Central Michigan Chippewas: 2-3 (5th place, MAC West)
Ohio Bobcats: 1-4 (3rd place, MAC East)
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Central Michigan Chippewas vs Ohio Bobcats Preview and Analysis
Central Michigan Chippewas: lost on the road on Oct. 2 against the Miami-OH RedHawks 28-17.
Ohio Bobcats: won on the road on Oct. 2 against the Akron Zips 34-17.
Central Michigan Chippewas Analysis
CMU is coming into this game with a 2-3 record overall and they are 0-3 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 2nd conference matchup of the season and they are already behind the mark as they are 0-1 in their conference games this season. They have lost every game this year that they have played on the road or against another conference team so far. Their 2 wins came against the Robert Morris Colonials and the Florida International Panthers while their 3 losses came against the Missouri Tigers, the LSU Tigers, and against Miami-Ohio in their last game. Daniel Richardson played alright at the starting quarterback position in that game as he completed 22/41 passes for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns. They had no run game going for them in that one as Myles Bailey led the team with 29 rushing yards on 8 carries. The receiving corps had a great game though as Dallas Dixon led the team with 113 receiving yards and 1 touchdown on 7 receptions. Joel Wilson also had a nice day with 92 receiving yards on 7 receptions while JaCorey Sullivan had 85 yards receiving and 1 TD on 6 receptions. Gage Kreski led the defense with 8 solo tackles, 4 assisted ones, and 1 interception while Troy Brown also played well with 6 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Kreski had the only interception for his team in that one while Kyle Moretti recorded the only sack. They have scored 138 points in their first 5 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 138 points against them. Their offense is averaging 460.6 YPG while their defense is allowing 402.4 YPG.
Ohio Bobcats Analysis
Ohio is coming into this game with a 1-4 record overall and they are 0-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 2nd conference matchup on their college football schedule and they are off to a good start with a 1-0 record in their conference games this season. They started their season with a 4 game losing streak losing against the Syracuse Orange, the Duquesne Dukes, the ULL Ragin' Cajuns and the Northwestern Wildcats but they finally bounced back in their last game with a win over Akron. They had no passing game in that one as Kurtis Rourke completed 7/12 passes for 56 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. De'Montre Tuggle had a massive day in the ground game leading the team in rushing with 201 yards and 1 touchdown on 17 carries. Armani Rogers also had a nice day with 83 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries. Tyler Walton led the receiving corps with 34 yards on 1 reception in what was a very quiet day for them. Bryce Houston led the defense with 7 solo tackles and 1 assisted one along with 1 sack as well. Will Evans and Cannon Blauser both led the defense in sacks with 2 each while Denzel Daxon and Kaieem Caesar both had 1 sack each as well. No one on the defense came away with an interception in that game though. They have scored 89 points in their first 5 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 158 points against them. Their offense is averaging 341.8 YPG while their defense is allowing 419.4 YPG.
Central Michigan vs Ohio Prediction
Ohio is coming into this game off of their first win of the season against a very bad Akron team, one of the worst in the MAC. They have not played well against any other opponent this year though. CMU is already down in the conference so this game will be very important to them. Not only that, but they have played tougher competition than Ohio this year and they have not been getting blown out and actually scoring points on offense. Ohio's offense is struggling to move the ball or even score points on teams while CMU has scored over 20 points on some more respectable teams than Ohio has played. CMU is just a much better team and they are going to come for this win. The best bet to place in this game is on CMU to cover the spread here.
Central Michigan Ohio Prediction: Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 9, 2021 (3:30 pm ET start time) is CMU 38 Ohio 17.
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NCAAF Betting Trends
Central Michigan Chippewas: 45-37 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 64-50 ATS as a favorite. 96-85 ATS against conference opponents.
Ohio Bobcats: 30-36 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 88-93 ATS against conference opponents. 13-26 ATS after outrushing opponent by 200 or more yards last game.
Central Michigan Chippewas: K. Lewis (RB) Out Indefinitely - Knee injury. W. Reid (DB) Out Indefinitely - Personal. J. Keller (QB) Out Indefinitely - Undisclosed injury.
Ohio Bobcats: K. Thompson (LB) Out Indefinitely - Knee injury.
Players to Watch
Central Michigan Chippewas: Dallas Dixon is one player to watch in this one. He leads his team in receiving yards this season and he also has 5 TDs on the year, the 2nd most on his team. He is coming off of a massive game where he had over 100 receiving yards and he will be looking to continue that here in this conference game. Look for him to catch some passes and find the end zone here as he is their go-to guy in the passing game.
Ohio Bobcats: De’Montre Tuggle is one player to watch here. He leads his team in rushing yards this season. He had over 200 yards rushing himself in their last game and they will likely be handing him the ball again here as they try to gain control of the ground game. Look for him to get a lot of touches here as he is starting to run right through defenses recently.
“You know, one thing is for sure, we’re probably not going to be playing in Alabama for the SEC championship, we’re 0-2 in that league, and yet I really again feel like we’ve got a real good football team.” - Jim McElwain on his team’s rough start to the season.
“Everything we did well last week — zero penalties, ran the ball against an ACC team — we did not do this week. That’s my responsibility. We had some things happen here that haven’t’ happened here and we have got to get it corrected in a hurry.” - Tim Albin after they suffered a shocking loss to Duquesne a few weeks ago.
Central Michigan Chippewas
WR Kalil Pimpleton
WR Sullivan, JaCorey
WR Dixon, Dallas
TE Wilson, Joel
QB Richardson, Daniel
RB Lew Nichols III
WR Cameron Odom
WR Walton, Tyler
WR Cox, Isiah
TE Luehrman, Ryan
QB Rourke, Kurtis
RB Tuggle, De'Montre
Central Michigan Chippewas
Passing: D. Richardson (763)
Rushing: L. Nichols (405)
Receiving: D. Dixon (410)
Touchdowns: J. Sullivan (6)
Sacks: T. Hairston (3)
Tackles: G. Kreski (22)
Passing: K. Rourke (654)
Rushing: D. Tuggle (360)
Receiving: T. Walton (196)
Touchdowns: A. Rogers (3)
Sacks: W. Evans (3.5)
Tackles: B. Houston (21)
Central Michigan Chippewas: Jim McElwain (3rd season)
Ohio Bobcats: Tim Albin (1st season)
75 degrees F scattered showers, 84% humidity, 30% chance of rain, up to 5 mph wind speeds SE.