Monday, December 25, 2006

Motor City Bowl Preview

Central Michigan (9-4) is the Mid-American Conference champion but they will be playing this game without departed head coach Brian Kelly who bolted for the Cincinnati job.

After going 4-7 last season Middle Tennessee (7-5) will be making its first bowl appearance as a Division I-A school.

2006 Middle Tenn. State Schedule/Results2006 Central Michigan Schedule/Results
Florida International W 7-6Boston College L 24-31
at Maryland L 10-24at (10) Michigan L 17-41
Tennessee Tech W 44-0Akron W 24-21
at (17) Oklahoma L 0 -59at Eastern Michigan W 24-17
at North Texas W 35-0at Kentucky L 36-45
(8) Louisville L 17-44at Toledo W 42-20
at Louisiana-Monroe W 35-21 Ball State W 18-7
at Louisiana-Lafayette W 34-20Bowling Green W 31-14
Florida Atlantic W 35-14at Temple W 42-26
at Arkansas State W 38-10Western Michigan W 31-7
at South Carolina L 7-52at Northern Illinois L 10-31
Troy L 20-21at Buffalo W 55-28
at Ohio W 31-10

Three Reasons to Watch the Motor City Bowl
1. Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour led the MAC with 3,514 total yards. He completed 63.8 percent of his passes, throwing 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He threw for 349 yards and three touchdowns in the MAC title game.

2. Middle Tennessee allowed the fewest points (271) among Sun Belt teams, but 179 of those came in losses to major conference opponents Maryland, Oklahoma, Louisville and South Carolina -- all bowl teams.

3. Thanks to six games of scoring 30 points or more, the Blue Raiders led the Sun Belt with 23.5 points per game and turned the ball over just four times in their last five games.

My Prediction

So far my system has correctly given us six of the seven bowl winners. Let’s hope the trend continues! Central Michigan wins 27-24.