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The Motor City Bowl

Middle Tennessee (7-5) v. Central Michigan (9-4)

Weather: Indoors

Past Results (9):

Dec. 26, 2005 Memphis 38, Akron 31
Dec. 27, 2004 Connecticut 39, Toledo 10
Dec. 26, 2003 Bowling Green 28, Northwestern 24
Dec. 26, 2002 Boston College 51, Toledo 25
Dec. 29, 2001 Toledo 23, Cincinnati 16
Dec. 27, 2000 Marshall 25, Cincinnati 14
Dec. 27, 1999 Marshall 21, Brigham Young 3
Dec. 23, 1998 Marshall 48, Louisville 29
Dec. 26, 1997 Mississippi 34, Marshall 31

Player(s) to Watch: Central Michigan’s Soph Quarterback #13- Dan LeFevour
Had above average games against better teams like Michigan, BC, and Kentucky. He ended the season on fire….in his last two he was 36-46, 608 Yards, 6TDs, and 1 INT

Middle Tennessee’s Defense
The only reason the Blue Raiders are here is because of their defense. The are undersized but very fast. The main issue though is injuries as they are missing starters both at linebacker and cornerback.

Deciding Factor(s): I’ve got a fevah….and the only prescription is Dan LeFevour. Look for him to decimate Middle Tennessee’s injured secondary. The only chance the Blue Raiders have in this game is to force turnovers early and build a lead. Central Michigan’s Defense is really good against the run and MT rarely passes.

Interesting Fact: Central Michigan is coming off a strong performance against the run in the MAC championship game. Ohio was the third-best running team in the MAC, but it managed just 87 yards against the Chippewas.

Spread: Central Michigan -9, O/U 51.5

AA’s Pick and Analysis: I believe this game will be decided early with LeFevour’s arm. The spread has dropped from our posted contest spread to 7.5. Middle Tennessee is missing some key people on D, and LeFevour has picked apart defenses as of late. I think this one goes to the Chippewas in a rout.

Prediction Central Michigan 35-14

Good luck to all. Thanks for playing the game and join Brian from One More Dying Quail for the live-blog.