Playing in its first-ever bowl game 7-5 Western Kentucky goes against 6-6 Central Michigan in the Little Caesar’s Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit (7:30 pm ET, ESPN).
The early Little Caesar’s Bowl odds listed the Hilltoppers, who went 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference, as six-point underdogs vs. the Chippewas, who went 4-4 in the MAC.
The UNDER is 8-3 in the past 11 editions of this bowl, while underdogs are 4-1 ATS in the past five. [ More Little Caesars Bowl betting information, trends and picks ]
Betting Line: The visitors opened as 7-point underdogs in this one at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as of press time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.
Central Michigan Bowl History
|2006||Motor City Bowl||Middle Tennessee||14||Central Michigan||31||-9||CMICH|
|2007||Motor City Bowl||Central Michigan||48||Purdue||51||-8||CMICH|
|2008||Motor City Bowl||Florida Atlantic||24||Central Michigan||21||-7||FLAATL|
|2009||GMAC Bowl||Troy||41||Central Michigan||44||-3||Push|
Western Kentucky, no bowl history
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Western Kentucky's No. 68-ranked offense (28.8 PPG) against a Chippewas defense that ranks No. 99 at 33.3 PPG. The Hilltoppers passing attack has averaged 205.7 yards per game, less than the Chippewas give up through the air (244.2 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Chippewas feature the league's No. 112-rated road run defense, allowing 236.4 yards per game. Western Kentucky, meanwhile, ranks No. 30 in rushing offense at home.
Central Michigan was a 42-21 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Massachusetts. They covered the 11-point spread as favorites, while the total score (63) made winners of OVER bettors. Zurlon Tipton ran through the Massachusetts defense for 185 yards in Central Michigan's last game, handing the Minutemen a 42-21 setback on Friday at Gillette Stadium.
In their last action, Western Kentucky was a 25-24 winner at home against North Texas. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (49) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. North Texas was unable to contain Antonio Andrews in its last action Saturday and the result was a 25-24 Week 13 loss against the Hilltoppers.
Central Michigan Chippewas Trends:
When playing in December are 3-2
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 2-8
When an underdog on the road are 1-9
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing in December are 0-2
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When favored at home are 4-6
A few Chippewas at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Central Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Central Michigan's last 10 games
Central Michigan is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games
Central Michigan is 6-19 ATS in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 7 games
Western Kentucky is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
Western Kentucky is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Western Kentucky is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games