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Minutemen vs Chippewas Game Preview

Massachusetts MinutemenCentral Michigan Chippewas
1-9November 23, 2013, 01:00 | Kelly/Shorts Stadium4-6

The Minutemen will be looking to pick up a win and cover the spread when they take on the Chippewas in Central Michigan at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Saturday in Week 13 action.

The Chippewas sport a record of 4-6 and 4-6 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Minutemen sit at 1-9 and 5-5 ATS on the season. The over under records are 3-6-1 for the Chippewas and 2-8 for the Minutemen.

View Massachusetts Minutemen vs Central Michigan Chippewas Odds and Stats.

The home team opened as -8.5-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.

The Chippewas sit at No. 110 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Minutemen are at No. 119 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Chippewas will win this game 10-4.

Massachusetts lost its last outing, a 14-13 result against Akron on November 16. Massachusetts covered in that game as a 7-point underdog, while the 27 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Zurlon Tipton tore up the turf for 114 rushing yards in the latest Chippewas game, a 27-22 win over the Broncos at Waldo Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Central Michigan's No. 110-ranked offense, averaging 20 PPG, against a Minutemen defense that ranks No. 86 this week at 30.8 PPG. The Chippewas aerial game is averaging 217.7 yards per game, more than the Minutemen secondary allows through the air, 213.6 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Minutemen own the league's No. 120-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 292.25 yards per game when on the road. Central Michigan, on the other hand, rates No. 114 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Minutemen at Chippewas trends to consider:
Massachusetts is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Massachusetts's last 10 games
Massachusetts is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Massachusetts is 1-22 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Central Michigan is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Central Michigan's last 5 games
Central Michigan is 2-11 ATS in its last 13 games at home
Central Michigan is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Massachusetts at Ohio, Friday, November 29th
Central Michigan home to Eastern Michigan, Friday, November 29th