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Navy vs Central Mich: Friday Betting

Coming off an overtime win at Air Force 2-3 Navy goes searching for another victory Friday night at 2-3 Central Michigan (8 pm ET, ESPN2).

The Middies were early two-point underdogs vs. the Chippewas, who just gave up 105 points in back-to-back losses to Northern Illinois and Toledo.

View Navy vs Central Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Central Michigan were sitting as 3.5-point underdogs earlier in the week but bet down to -2.5 at Bovada. The total was set around 59.5 late in the week at Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 89-rated Midshipmen taking on the No. 44-rated Chippewas in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 20-14 win for the Midshipmen on Friday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Central Michigan's No. 69-ranked offense (27.2 PPG) against a Midshipmen defense that ranks No. 51 at 24 PPG. The Chippewas passing attack has averaged 257.2 yards per game, more than the Midshipmen give up through the air (196.8 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Midshipmen feature the league's No. 101-rated road run defense, allowing 236.5 yards per game. Central Michigan, meanwhile, ranks No. 45 in rushing offense at home.

Last time out for Navy, they were a 28-21 winner as they battled Air Force on the road. Navy covered in the match as a 9.5-point underdog, while 49 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Trey Miller ran through the Air Force defense for 110 yards in Navy's last game, handing the Falcons a 28-21 setback on Saturday at Falcon Stadium.

Central Michigan was a 50-35 loser in its last match on the road against Toledo. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 85 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. In Central Michigan's last outing, Ryan Radcliff threw for 327 yards in a losing cause against the Rockets, 50-35 at Glass Bowl.

Navy Midshipmen Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on turf are 4-6
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing outside the conference are 4-6

Central Michigan Chippewas Trends:
When playing in October are 2-8
When playing on turf are 3-7
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing outside the conference are 3-7

A few Midshipmen at Chippewas trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Navy's last 7 games on the road
Navy is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games
Navy is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Navy is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Central Michigan is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games
Central Michigan is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Central Michigan is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games
Central Michigan is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Navy home to Indiana, Saturday, October 20
Central Michigan home to Ball State, Saturday, October 20