The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Central Michigan Chippewas are going to square off on the Little Caesars Bowl odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Little Caesars Bowl picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Wednesday.
Little Caesars Bowl Picks: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Central Michigan Chippewas
Date: Wednesday, December 26th, 7:30 ET
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Bowl Betting Odds: Western Kentucky -5.5
Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan Live TV: ESPN
This is a game that truly drives us crazy, knowing that neither of these teams had any business being in a bowl game this year. That being said, we’re stuck at this point handicapping this awful game, and we have no choice but to look over two teams that really had very little good going for them over the course of the season. Western Kentucky played the more difficult of these two schedules, but the team lost four of its last six games to finish out the campaign at 7-5. Still, that was good enough to come to a bowl game this year for the first time in school history.
The Chippies are back for the first time in a bowl game since 2010, but they clearly don’t deserve it and would have been left out any other year after going 6-6 and clearly being no more than the seventh best team in the MAC. That being said, this is a team that does have the ability to score some points at times, as RB Zurlon Tipton and QB Ryan Radcliffe are both solid players. Tipton rushed for 1,391 yards and 19 TDs on the campaign, and Radcliffe threw for 2,895 yards and 20 scores against nine picks. Radcliff is making his final start as a senior, and he needs another 105 yards to reach the 3,000 yard mark for the third straight year.
In the end, we’re going to take Central Michigan and the points in this game because we think that both of these teams stink. Yes, the Hilltoppers are going to be amped up, knowing that they are about to be coached by a legitimate SEC caliber coach in Bobby Petrino and that they are playing in a bowl game for the very first time. However, this game is played at Ford Field, and the little “home field advantage” there will be will be held by the Chippewas. We do think that WKU is going to win this game, but in the end, we still want the points on our side.
Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan Pick: Central Michigan Chippewas +5.5
Little Caesars Bowl Score Prediction: Western Kentucky 27 – Central Michigan 24