the Motor City Bowl
Friday, December 26th, 7:30pm
Neither Florida Atlantic no Central Michigan played a tough schedule this year - only four teams in the blue each. At least the Chippewas beat two of their tough opponents - the Owls best win was over LA-Lafayette. Yikes.
|Team||Florida Atlantic||Central Michigan|
|Points (rank)||-32.89 (#67)||94.95 (#46)|
|Opp. Points (rank)||-750.66 (#98)||-741.60 (#97)|
|Points (% of Opp. Avg)||25.2 (86%)||30.3 (116%)|
|dPoints (% of Opp. Avg)||29.3 (114%)||30.8 (123%)|
|Rush Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||141.0 (85%)||134.3 (83%)|
|dRush Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||183.0 (125%)||138.6 (100%)|
|Pass Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||250.5 (114%)||292.8 (144%)|
|dPass Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||219.1 (105%)||285.7 (128%)|
|Tot Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||391.5 (101%)||427.1 (115%)|
|dTot Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||402.1 (112%)||424.3 (116%)|
|ST Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||123.3 (98%)||123.5 (101%)|
|dST Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||106.8 (84%)||137.0 (119%)|
|Penalties / Pen. Yds||7.8 / 74.2||5.8 / 57.6|
|TO's / TO Margin||2.3 / -9||0.9 / +4|
Their offenses are a little better than their defenses, so we might see some points in this one. The Owls have a bad habit of coughing up the ball and taking penalties, which won't help them here.
The Line: Florida Atlantic +6.5
The Call: Central Michigan by 10
The Result: Florida Atlantic 24-21
Man, I'm having a rough go of it calling these bowls so far. Jeez. Props to the Owls - they seem to have a knack for winning in December under Schnellenberger. Central Michigan was a bit of an afterthought in the MAC this year with Ball State and Buffalo being the stories, but that's probably not a bad thing after this loss.