College Football Betting: Central Michigan at Miami-Ohio

College Football Betting:  Central Michigan at Miami-Ohio

Friday night in the ‘wacky MAC’ has a somewhat bizarre matchup between Central Michigan and Miami-OH. Neither team has much going for them this season and it’s really tough to figure out which one is in better form. Miami opened the season losing their first six games SU but have now on their last three both SU and ATS. This is being seen as a very positive sign and maybe it is for a program that won only 5 games in the previous three seasons and has had only one winning season in the past 12 years. Central Michigan pulled one of the biggest upsets of the year in early September when they won 30-27 at Oklahoma State as +17 underdogs. That result said more about Oklahoma State than CMU and they’ve put up a decent 5-4 record this year. The interesting storyline here is that Miami is 3-2 in conference while Central Michigan is 2-3. This is seen as some sort of unprecedented reality given Miami’s struggles in recent years but it has more to do with the level of parity in the MAC.

The above dynamic does give us reason to think that Central Michigan might be taking Miami-OH more seriously than they would have otherwise. There’s actually several good reasons for them not to look past the Redhawks. Miami-OH beat Eastern Michigan last time out and they’ve got the exact same record as CMU. CMU has lost two straight games and that’s a situation that tends to get a team’s attention. They’re on a 5-2 SU/ATS run off a loss against a conference rival. The other half of this dynamic is Miami-OH not being a team used to dealing with success. They’ve only had two or more consecutive SU wins once in the last three years and that was last week.

Central Michigan has been a very good road team, at least against the number with a record of 11-5 ATS in the last three seasons. Overall, this is going to be a tough matchup for Miami-OH as they’re facing a better team that needs a win. This has been a brutal price range for Miami-OH as they’re 4-11 in their last 15 spots as a home dog of +3.5 to +7.