Pick Details

Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan - December 26, 2012 - 7:30 PM

Pick: Your pick will be graded at pinnacle @ 6.5 -106 CMU

Expert:Steve Merril

Evaluation:Win (900) - Final Score WKU 21 at CMU 24

Star Rating:9.0

Reason For Pick:

Central Michigan is ecstatic to be playing in this game.  The Chippewas are playing in their home state in front of family and friends.  “This isn’t a vacation,” said running back Zurlon Tipton.  “We will be all business. Coach Enos will have us ready. It will be great playing in front of family and friends.”  Central Michigan closed the season strong as they won four of their last five games as their offense finally got things going.  The Chippewas scored 30 points or more in all five of those games as they focused on their running game with Tipton behind a strong offensive line that is bolstered by future NFL’er OT Eric Fisher.  Central Michigan also has an experienced quarterback in Ryan Radcliff who is making his 37th consecutive start for the Chippewas.  

Western Kentucky is playing in their first ever bowl game, but the Hilltoppers will be without their head coach.  Willie Taggart built the WKU football program up, but he left for South Florida after this year’s successful 7-5 season.  Taggart’s absence is a huge blow for the psyche of this team, especially since they got good under Taggart’s leadership.  The Hilltoppers will be coached by defensive coordinator Lance Guidry who did the same when he was at Miami (OH).  Guidry won the game, but his team was an underdog so he was able to play that card.  That’s not the case here as Western Kentucky is viewed as the better team, and they must face a hungry underdog in their home state with the fan support.  Western Kentucky was bad down the stretch as they lost four of their final six games while going just 1-4 ATS as a favorite.  Central Michigan is in better shape to play a game right now, and they appear to have more focus and motivation as well.  On a fast track inside a dome, we’ll take the points with the hungrier team.