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Game Preview - RedHawks underdogs vs Minutemen at Massachusetts

Miami (Ohio) RedHawksMassachusetts Minutemen
0-5October 12, 2013, 03:00 | Gillette Stadium0-5

The Minutemen will do battle with the visiting Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.

This season the Minutemen are 0-5 overall and 3-2 ATS against the number, while the RedHawks are 0-5 and 1-4 ATS. As for the totals, Massachusetts is 0-5 on the OU, and Miami (Ohio) is 1-4.

View Miami (Ohio) RedHawks vs Massachusetts Minutemen Odds and Stats.

The RedHawks were listed as 2.5-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 116-rated RedHawks taking on the No. 122-rated Minutemen in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a -4--6 win for the Minutemen on Saturday.

In their last action, Miami (Ohio) was a 21-9 loser at home against Central Michigan. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (30) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Jamal Wilson tore up the turf for 119 rushing yards in the latest Minutemen game, a 28-7 loss to the Falcons at Doyt Perry Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Massachusetts's No. 125-ranked offense (7 PPG) against a RedHawks defense that ranks No. 107 at 35.6 PPG. The Minutemen passing attack has averaged 148.8 yards per game, less than the RedHawks give up through the air (258.6 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the RedHawks own the league's No. 116-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 318 yards per game when on the road. Massachusetts, on the other hand, rates No. 117 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few RedHawks at Minutemen trends to consider:
Miami (Ohio) is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Miami (Ohio) is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami (Ohio)'s last 7 games
Massachusetts is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Massachusetts's last 5 games

Next up:
Miami (Ohio) at Akron, Saturday, October 19th
Massachusetts at Buffalo, Saturday, October 19th