Despite losing in the Mid-American Championship Game, the Central Michigan Chippewas will go bowling this December. The San Diego Aztecs, on the other hand, are headed to their 10th consecutive bowl appearance, though, they have lost the last two. Read on for more about this intriguing matchup.
Betting Preview for the Central Michigan Chippewas vs San Diego State Aztecs New Mexico Bowl Game on December 21 2019
Where: Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
When: Saturday, December 21, 2019, 3:00 PM ET
Line: Central Michigan Chippewas (+3.5) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (-3.5) – view all 2019 NCAAF lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Central Michigan Chippewas (8-5 Overall/6-2 Conference)
The Chippewas failed to take home a Mid-American Conference title as they fell to the Miami of Ohio Redhawks in the conference championship game, 26-21. Chippewas quarterback Quinten Dormady had 232 passing yards and a touchdown with an interception on 26-of-41 completions against the Redhawks. Their rushing attack never developed any rhythm, coming up with only 99 rushing yards and averaging only 3.2 yards per carrying, though, they still scored twice on the ground. Central Michigan features a balanced offense that is 39th in the nation with 183.8 rushing yards per game and 43rd with 256.8 passing yards per contest. The Chippewas’ offense is being led by the duo of Dormady, who enters the New Mexico Bowl with 2,148 passing yards and 14 touchdowns on the season against six interceptions and running back Jonathan Ward (1,082 rushing yards, 15 rushing TDs).
The Chippewas are 3-1 against the spread (ATS) on their last four games. The under is 2-0 in their last two outings.
Betting on the San Diego State Aztecs (9-3 Overall / 5-3 Conference)
The Aztecs are coming off a 13-3 win at home over the BYU Cougars on Nov. 30, thus getting a boost for their upcoming matchup against the Chippewas. San Diego quarterback Carson Baker went 19 for 24 for 172 passing yards and a touchdown, numbers which don’t jump out of a paper, but were good enough to carry the team into a win. Like in most of their other wins this season, the defense was a big part of the Aztecs’ success against BYU. The Cougars had 416 total yards, but San Diego forced them to commit three turnovers, including the two interceptions the Aztecs had off of BYU QB Zach Wilson. San Diego has one of the stoutest defenses in the nation. The Aztecs finished the regular season fifth in the nation with opponents scoring just a paltry 14.0 points per game. They are also ninth in total defense with 300.9 total yards surrendered per contest.
The Aztecs are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
The Aztecs win, 20-17.
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