The second bowl game of the day on Friday December 22nd takes us to Boise, Idaho and this will be the 21st version of this contest, which started back in 1997 as the Humanitarian Bowl.
Like most bowl games, the sponsors changes over the years, but there is a certain charm about a bowl game with current sponsor playing at Albertson’s Field. Anyways, the matchup is Central Michigan vs. Wyoming and the most recent college football odds have this game as a Pick or the Cowboys at -1, with the total at 45. Here is a look at both teams.
The Chippewas were 8-4 and 7-5 ATS this year and closed their season white-hot with a 5-0 SU and ATS finish. What changed for the Chips, their offense found another gear. Against mostly stronger competition, Central Michigan averaged mere 21.8 points a contest. They enter this bowl contest on a major roll at 41.2 PPG. What set the table was the continued development of the running game, which averaged 178 YPG, after being at 119.5 YPG. This will be important against Wyoming who has been somewhat vulnerable to the rush in allowing 172 YPG.
Defensively, CMU is run of the mill as they allowed 26.7 PPG against opposing teams that average 26.9 PPG.
The Cowboys thought they were serious MWC Mountain Division contender, especially with NFL quarterback prospect Josh Allen at the controls. But right from the start it was clear the Wyoming offensive line was below average and the receivers has a tough time creating separation.