Miami Beach Bowl Preview
Central Michigan (6-6) vs. Tulsa (9-3)
The most lopsided game during this Bowl Season - at least according to bettors - is the Miami Beach Bowl, where Tulsa had the highest percentage of total money bet on them of any bowl team. Both teams had losing records against other bowl eligible squads and hope to close out their season with a Bowl win - which is the ultimate prize for players at small schools.
When Tulsa Has The Ball: In addition to having the 5th ranked offense nationally, and two running backs that have topped 1300 yards - so far, Tulsa boasts the most well balanced offense in football. Only 12 yards separates their season totals of rushing and passing yards. James Flanders and D’Angelo Brewer should get lots of opportunities against an average Central Michigan rushing defense. Receiver Josh Atkinson needs 73 yards to join Keevan Lucas as a 1000 yard receiver, and give the Golden Hurricane 4 players who totaled over 1000 yards of offense this season. Defensive lineman Joe Ostman and linebacker Malik Fountain will lead the effort to pressure the quarterback and disrupt Tulsa’s attack.
When Central Michigan Has The Ball: The Chippewas boast a strong passing game behind senior quarterback Cooper Rush and junior receiver Corey Willis. Their running game is non existent. Rush is a solid starter with some pro prospects and is unafraid to take chances, leading to 13 interceptions on the season. Jesse Brubaker Matt Linscott lead an underrated Tulsa front seven in tackles for loss and will look to get after Rush.
Analysis: Central Michigan looks overmatched here. Their 3rd down defense isn’t nearly efficient enough to contain a team that has as many options as Tulsa. The only team that has held the Golden Hurricanes to less than 30 points in a game was Ohio State in week 2. Look for that trend to continue here.
Tulsa 45-Central Michigan 20