Central Michigan may be ranked, and they may be favored in the college football betting GMAC Bowl on Wednesday, but they won’t have their head coach and they will basically be playing a road game since the GMAC Bowl is in Mobile, Alabama. Head coach Butch Jones bolted for Cincinnati so the Chippewas will have to find a way to win without him on Wednesday s they face Troy in the GMAC Bowl. It didn’t work very well for Cincinnati earlier this bowl season without their head coach Brian Kelly as they were routed by Florida.
Central Michigan is a 2.5 point favorite at SBG Global with a total of 63.
Central Michigan won the Mid-American Conference for the third time in four seasons. The averaged 32.6 points per game with Jones as head coach and they won the MAC title game over Ohio that got them into this game against Troy. When Brian Kelly left for Notre Dame, the Bearcats wanted Jones and he took the job. “We are very thankful for the contributions Butch Jones has made to our football program, our university and our community,” athletic director Dave Heeke said. “Any opportunity that arises for him is a reflection of the high-quality student-athletes and strong tradition that Central Michigan has enjoyed. We are excited to be a Top 25 program preparing for our fourth consecutive bowl game.”
Central Michigan will be led by associate coach Steve Stripling for the bowl game. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to lead this program,” Stripling said, “We want to make this a winning experience and have an enjoyable experience as well. This team has accomplished a lot already this season, and we are looking forward to achieving our goals of being college football betting bowl champions and finishing in the Top 25.”
Central Michigan still has quarterback Dan LeFevour for one more game though. He threw for 27 touchdowns this season to lead the Chippewas. His favorite target is Bryan Anderson who has caught at least one pass in an NCAA record 53 consecutive games.
Troy has an offense that is almost as good as Central Michigan’s. They averaged 33.1 points per game this season and more than 41 in their last six games. They have an excellent quarterback as well in Levi Brown who was second in the nation with 322.3 passing yards per game.
The Trojans are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Trojans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Chippewas are 25-9-2 ATS in their last 36 games as a favorite.