Quick Lane Bowl- Central Michigan vs Minnesota and Military Bowl-Navy vs Pittsburgh (12-28 Bowl Preview)

Military Bowl-Navy Midshipman vs Pittsburgh Panthers

The Navy Midshipman have an opportunity to win 11 games for the first time in the programs history which dates back to 1879.

Head coach, Ken Niumatalolo passed up an opportunity to coach two of his sons at BYU and continue his successful career at Navy.

Pittsburgh has seen the option attack once this season, in a 31-28 victory over Georgia Tech. Despite allowing 376 rushing yards to Georgia Tech the experience should help the Panthers in this game.

Head coach Pat Narduzzi has the Pitt program headed in the right direction and win have the Panthers ready to play. However, I think the Navy will be able to manage enough offense to win this game. I think this game will be too close to bet on, possibly a push. I see NAVY -3 covering, but barely.

Navy 27 Pittsburgh 23

Bet Sports Strong Rating D

 

Quick Lane Bowl-C. Michigan Chippewas vs  Minnesota Golden Gophers635867780358559867-AP-Oklahoma-St-Cent-Michigan

Minnesota will look to make it 3-0 for teams entering bowl games with a 5-7 record.  Minnesota has struggled this year against the run ranking only 69th in the nation defending it. The damage that has been done against Minnesota however, has come against much more potent rushing attacks then the Chippewas. Central Michigan ranks only 124th in rushing offense.

Central Michigan Cooper Rush, will challenge the Gophers through the air in a big way, Rush has thrown for over 300 yards 8 times this season and the Chippewas rank 15th in the nation is passing.  Minnesota ranks 14th in passing yards allowed.

Many will point to the Golden Gophers playing against Big Ten competition while the Chippewas play in the Mid-American conference as a reason that the statistic and records still favor Minnesota. Central Michigan however, has face Oklahoma State and Michigan State, and overall was 2-4 against bowl teams this season.

Minnesota is 2-0 against the Mid-American Conference this season, including two three point wins over Kent State and Ohio early in the season.  All seven Golden Gophers losses this season have come to bowl team.

Central Michigan is 5-1 as an underdog against the spread, that one time they did not cover was five point defeat to Toledo.  Minnesota is 2-3 as a favorite against the spread and 0-2 against the spread against the Mid-American Conference. I like Central Michigan +5 in a close game.

(Minnesota 27 Central Michigan  24)

Bet Sports Strong Rating C

***Bet Sports Strong Ratings***

A-Bet with confidence

B-Strong lean, but bet with caution

C-Slight lean, enjoy the game but be careful with your money

D-Prediction but not a good feel either way

 

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