Central Michigan, Western Kentucky Meet In Little Caesars Bowl
By: Willie Bee
Friday, December 21, 2012
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Central Michigan Chippewas
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Date: 12/26/2012 at 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: WKU -6, O/U 60
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NOTE: Central Michigan wide receivers Titus Davis and Courtney Willliams are both out for Wednesday's Little Caesars Bowl game vs. Western Kentucky due to suspensions.
WKU Hilltoppers: A 5-1 start to the season fizzled out at the end for the Hilltoppers (7-5 straight-up, 8-4 against the spread), who dropped four of their final six games. The Little Caesars Bowl still rewarded WKU with an invite to take on Central Michigan at Detroit's Ford Field, and defensive coordinator Lance Guidry will lead the team as interim head coach after Willie Taggart opted to take the South Florida job in early December. Western Kentucky recently announced the hiring of former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino to take over beginning next year. This is the first bowl appearance for the Hilltoppers since a Tangerine Bowl victory in 1963, and they bring a solid ground game into the affair, led by running back Antonio Andrews. The junior rushed for 1,614 yards, ranked eighth in the nation, and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground, adding another three scores receiving. Both teams bring solid "over" trends into the contest, with seven of CMU's last 10 games topping the total while five of WKU's last seven skipped past the number.
CMU Chippewas: Sneaking into the bowl picture with three wins and covers to close the schedule, Central Michigan (6-6 SU, 5-7 ATS) is making its first postseason appearance since winning the GMAC Bowl in 2009. The Chips were coming off consecutive 3-9 campaigns in Coach Dan Enos' first two years as head coach before the late push to become bowl eligible this season. Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff threw for more than 2,900 yards and 20 TDs, with his favorite target being Cody Wilson (64 receptions, 739 yards). However, Radcliff will be missing his best downfield threat for this game since Titus Davis (43 catches for 860 yards) is out due to a suspension. The real strength of the CMU attack is RB Zurlon Tipton, who closed the season with six consecutive games rushing for at least 110 yards. The junior ranked 15th in the country with almost 1,400 yards rushing, and he scored 19 touchdowns on the ground.
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