Central Michigan vs Toledo NCAA Football Odds Preview

Posted by Alex Murphy on Tuesday,November 10, 2015 11:56, EDT in

College football betting enthusiasts and football fanatics will have something to cheer as we usher in Week 11 of the 2015-16 NCAAF season with a clash between the Central Michigan Chippewas (5-4) and the 24th-ranked Toledo Rockets (7-1 this Tuesday. The Chippewas will be looking to continue their three-game winning streak against the Rockets, who have an agenda of their own, hoping to return to winning ways in the online betting odds after losing their last game. Tuesday night therefore guarantees that this game is going to light up as the two teams take on the grass to give it their all, in the name of winning. Below are a few college football betting insights on the game, guiding you on how to place your wagers in.

How To Bet the Rockets @ Chippewas NCAA Football Odds, TV & Game Info Guide

Venue: Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM ET
TV: ESPN 2
NCAAF Lines: Toledo (-4), Central Michigan (+4), OVER/UNDER 53.

Betting on the Central Michigan Chippewas

The Chippewas have had a great run of results in their recent games. After a shaky start to the season when they won just one in four, they now have three straight wins to their name. Their last game against Akron was not the best in terms of display, but they still got the results they desired. The game picked up in the second quarter after a scoreless first quarter and ended 7-6 in favor of Central Michigan entering half time. The third quarter proved to be decisive, as they added seven more points, which gave them the eventual edge as the last quarter ended just like the first one.  Cooper Rush threw two touchdown passes and complete 23 of 37 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown.

Offensively, the Chipps are averaging 26.3 points and 392.2 yards per game (296.2 passing, 96.0 rushing). This offense is led by QB Cooper Rush, who has 20 touchdowns and 8 interceptions this season, with an impressive average of 291.8 passing yards per game. Meanwhile, their receiving game is led by Jesse Kroll who has 4.8 receptions per game, 62.9 yards per game and 4 TD to his name this season. The rushing game is taken care of by Jahray Hayes with 41.33 yards per game and 2 touchdowns, along with Matez Walker who has 30.13 yards per game with two 2 touchdowns. This offense will be greatly tested against a mean Toledo defense that has reduced its opponents to an average of just18.3 points and 371.4 yards per game this season. To have a winning chance, Central Michigan cannot afford to play in the lackluster way they did against Akron, something that necessitates a strong show from Rush and his compatriots.

Defensively, the Chippewas are led by DB Kavon Frazier (76 tackles and 1 interception) and DL Blake Serpa (25 tackles and 3.0 sacks). The two have been great in the last three games, leading a motivated defensive showing from Central Michigan. However, they are now facing a test like no other, a volatile Toledo attack that is averaging 35.8 points per game on 465.5 yards per game (242.6 passing, 222.9 rushing) this season. It therefore remains to be seen if the Central Michigan defense will hold strong or collapse under pressure from this explosive visiting offense.

Betting on the Toledo Rockets

The Rockets were soaring higher and higher until they were shot down 27-32 by Northern Illinois in their previous game, bringing an end to their seven-game unbeaten run this season. Notably, the Rockets started the game against Northern Illinois brightly, and by the end of the first quarter, they were ahead 17-10. The second quarter belonged to the Huskies, but Toledo recovered in the third quarter. The fourth quarter, however, changed everything, as the Huskies were too fast for the Rockets, edging them out for the 5-point win.

To lead their bounce-back agenda, the Rockets will be looking up to Quarterback Phillip Ely to lead their charge. On the season, Ely is averaging 233.8 yards per game and has 16 touchdowns against 9 interceptions. Cody Thompson has so far been Ely’s most potent weapon, averaging 2.9 receptions and 61.4 yards per game to go with 4 touchdowns. Toledo’s rushing game has equally been useful, if not most vital, led by Kareem Hunt (97.80 yards per game and 5 touchdowns), Terry Swanson (103.29 yards per game and 5 touchdowns) and Damion Jones-Moore (56.00 yards per game and 5 touchdowns). With such talent, Toledo should be able to move the chains quite well—albeit with some hiccups—against the Central Michigan defense that is allowing 21.7 points and 317.2 yards per game.

Defensively, the Rockets are spearheaded by DL Orion Jones, who has 40 tackles and 5.0 sacks this season. Although the defense has turned over the ball 14 times this season, they have a good turnover margin of plus 2. If this defense gets into character, it should be able to shut out Central Michigan’s offense that is good, but prone to mistakes.

Central Michigan vs Toledo Main Injury Concerns

•    Central Michigan: Joe Ostman, Tim Hamilton, Jerrod Davis and Devon Spalding
•    Toledo: Jaylen Coleman, Jalen Reese and Adam Kulon

Central Michigan vs Toledo Key Betting Trends

•    Toledo is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
•    Central Michigan is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
•    Toledo is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
•    Central Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
•    Toledo is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
•    Central Michigan is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 games at home
•    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toledo’s last 8 games
•    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Central Michigan’s last 6 games

My Expert Game Betting Prediction and Pick

Toledo will be coming into this game hungry for a win, which is likely to make them dangerous right from the get go. But as we have seen in recent games, Central Michigan is not a walk over and will be out to stand its ground in search for a fourth straight win. That said, Toledo looks better defensively, which should give them some cushion against the Chippewas’ onslaught. So in the end, Toledo looks most likely to carry the day with a close win plus cover, most probably with the scoring total staying average enough for an UNDER.