Ohio vs. Central Michigan Prediction
There will be football played again in Mt. Pleasant, MI this year as the Central Michigan Chippewas will open their season versus the Ohio Bobcats at 7:00 p.m. ET. Now a 2.5-point dog, will the Chips pull off the small upset or is there better value somewhere else on the board tonight?
295 Ohio Bobcats (-2.5) at 296 Central Michigan (+2.5); o/u 57.5
Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI
7:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Ohio Bobcats Game Notes
Ohio HC Frank Solich said earlier this week that redshirt freshman QB Kurtis Rourke and redshirt senior QB Armani Rogers are essentially "neck and neck" in the race for the starting job. While being this close to the start of a season without a clear-cut starter at the quarterback position can be an issue for some programs, that does not appear to be the case for Ohio. Both Rourke (6'3/211) and Rogers (6'5/225), a grad transfer by way of UNLV, have performed well in preseason practices and Solich sounds comfortable going with either. “Both of them have really strong pluses on their side,” Solich said on October 26. “And so both can be used. Not only throughout the course of the season, but really throughout the course of the game.” Rourke has the strongest arm of the quarterbacks on the roster, but Rogers' ability to make plays with his legs works in his favor. Don't be surprised if both play in Ohio's November 4 opener at Central Michigan.
Central Michigan Chippewas Game Notes
Central Michigan redshirt freshman QB Daniel Richardson has been named starter for the team's November 4 season opener against Ohio. HC Jim McElwain has been waiting on a ruling from the NCAA on senior David Moore's suspension due to a positive test for an NCAA banned substance on October 7, 2019. With no word on Moore's status, HC McElwain has tabbed Richardson (5'10/200) the starter in his absence. When asked about the situation, McElwain said "We're just waiting on the final report from the NCAA as far as moving forward, still haven't gotten anything there. If not, we'll go ahead with Richardson and Ty Brock." The redshirt freshman has received praise throughout camp by OC Charlie Frye and will handle the first snaps under center against Ohio unless CMU gets a last minute update on Moore from the NCAA.
Ohio vs. Central Michigan Betting Prediction
The Bobcats are winless against the spread in the last four series meetings between these two teams, are 3-7 against the number in their last 10 games dating back to last season and have failed to cover in eight of their last 10 opportunities when favored. Meanwhile, the Chips were a covering machine last year and are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven home games. They’re also 5-2 at the betting window in their last seven conference games, are 10-1-1 against the spread in their last 12 games played on Wednesday and have covered in eight of their last 10 games played in the month of November.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 10 BETTING PREDICTION: CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS +2.5