Free Pick: Motor City Bowl

Making a repeat appearance in the Motor City Bowl is the Central Michigan Chippewas, who will take on the Florida Atlantic Owls at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

Our team of writers and handicappers break down the matchup and hand out a Motor City Bowl Free Pick, which takes place Friday December 26 at 7:30PM ET.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made Central Michigan -7 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set 67 total points.

Top Public Betting Trend: Central Michigan is 6-2 straight up in its last eight games while the over has covered in four of the Chippewas’ last six games.

Key Stat: Central Michigan is scoring 30.3 points per game this season while allowing a whopping 30.8 PPG. Conversely, Florida Atlantic is scoring 25.2 points per game, while surrendering 29.3 PPG.

Game Outlook: If it weren’t for nagging injuries, Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevor would have been a Heisman Trophy candidate this season. (Albeit a long-shot Heisman Trophy candidate, but a Heisman Trophy candidate nonetheless.) Even though they lost their last two games of the season, the Chips were one of the more underrated teams in the MAC in 2008. They posted road wins over Indiana and Northern Illinois this season and almost won the 2007 Motor City Bowl against Purdue. The over is screaming to be played in this game because both teams can score, although their defenses aren’t afraid to give up a score or two themselves. We like CMU in this contest, although we stress the over play as the top bet. Florida Atlantic’s defense won’t be able to stop LeFevor and the Chips’ spread offense, which often goes no-huddle and spreads opponents thin. We just hope CMU can hold on for the cover, because it has not be afraid to allow opponents back into games in the second half. For the rest of our Free College Football Free Pick, see below.

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Our Free College Football Bowl Pick for the Motor City Bowl matchup between the Florida Atlantic Owls and Central Michigan game is

CENTRAL MICHIGAN -7

TheSpread.com Projected Final Score

Central Michigan 41

Florida Atlantic 31

We also predict that this game will GO OVER THE TOTAL (67 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS

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Posted: 12/26/08 11:00AM ET

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