Central Michigan vs Tulsa Live Stream
Teams: Central Michigan vs Tulsa
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Date: Monday, Dec. 19
Location: Marlins Park — Miami, Florida
The Chippewas want to prove that they belong in bowl season as there are plenty that point to their win over Oklahoma State. To have a chance against Tulsa, Central Michigan will look to quarterback Cooper Rush.
As a nearly two-touchdown underdog, not many expect the Chips to keep this one too close, but in a game that’s produced two thrilling shootouts in its two years as a bowl, Central Michigan has enough firepower in the passing game to make it a third straight high-scoring Miami Beach Bowl.
The question in this game isn’t whether Tulsa scores lots of points, it’s whether Central Michigan’s offense can keep pace. The Golden Hurricane were 11th in the nation in
scoring offense (41.4 ppg) and eighth in rushing offense (261.8 ypg); they will look to run away from the Chippewas on the backs of their two talented running backs in James Flanders and D’Angelo Brewer.
Flanders rushed for over 1.500 yards and 17 touchdowns (seventh nationally), while Brewer added 1,300 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Tulsa runs it a lot — over 50 times a game — and does so with tempo. Central Michigan was around the national average in rush defense at 56th (161.3 ypg) but gave up 200 or more on three occasions. If Tulsa’s backs get loose, the Chippewas will have a tough time covering the 13.5-point number.
The brief two-year history of this game says this will be a relatively close shootout. I think half of that is right.Look at bowl game history because the games feature different teams each year. It’s a big spread, but I think Tulsa is the much better team here and will cover the near two-touchdown number.