Central Michigan is coming off of a relatively easy 31-12 over FBS Eastern Illinois and hope to put up a better performance against a BCS school than the one they showed in their 52-7 loss to Kansas last season when the NCAA lines had them as paltry seven-point underdogs.
Georgia enters the game as the #2 team in the nation after a not as dominating as they hoped 45-21 win over FBS Georgia Southern. Last year’s MAC Offensive Player of the Year, Chippewa QB Dan LeFevour, started 2008 off strong in his team’s win over Eastern Illinois completing 21-of-31 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns.
If LeFevour’s game is any indication, gamblers who bet on college football will once again take a long look at what the NCAA football line has for the ‘total’ in Central Michigan games after 10 of their 13 games went over the ‘total’ last season.
If the Chippewas have any hope of upsetting the favored Bulldogs, their defense will have to improve from their performance against Eastern Illinois where they almost gave up 300 total yards.
The Bulldogs roared out to a 24-0 halftime lead last Saturday against Georgia Southern but AP voters were unimpressed with their second half and dropped them to #2 in the polls this week. Heisman Trophy contender QB Matt Stafford was very impressive going 13-21 for 275 yards with two touchdowns in his three quarters of action.
College football betting fans remember that although the Bulldogs have yet to play a game with a NCAA betting line on it, Georgia was able to go 8-4 ATS in 2007. NCAA odds have Mark Richt’s Bulldogs favored by 24 points against the Chippewas and have the ‘total’ set at 57 points.