Central Michigan vs Boise State Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl Odds, Picks and Predictions: CANCELED

Boise State enjoyed a stellar defense all season and will be a brutal test for Central Michigan, while the Chippewas' defense is likely to be overwhelmed by the Broncos' offense. Read more in our college football betting picks and predictions.

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2021 9:24 PM ET Read Time: 5 min
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On Friday, December 31, the Boise State Broncos and Central Michigan Chippewas meet in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson. This isn’t quite as big as some of the other games on Friday's college football bowl game schedule, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be any less exciting. 

Will the Broncos cap off an up-and-down season with a win over a red-hot Chippewas team? Our Boise State vs. Central Michigan picks and predictions have you covered with the answer.

Editor's note: This game was canceled on Dec. 27, as Central Michigan withdrew to participate in the Sun Bowl.

Central Michigan vs Boise State odds

The Chippewas were getting 10 points when this game first hit betting markets, but they’re now getting as little as 7.5 points and as many as 8.5. The total, meanwhile, has gone up from 52 to 55.5 in some places. However, it can still be found at 54.5 or 55. 

Use the live odds widget above to track any future line movements right up until kickoff and be sure to check out the full college football odds before placing your bets.

Central Michigan vs Boise State predictions

Predictions made on 12/24/2021 at 11:00 a.m. ET.
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Central Michigan vs Boise State game info

Location: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Date: Friday, December 31, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
TV: Barstool Sports

Central Michigan vs Boise State betting preview

Key injuries

Central Michigan: Dishon McNary DB (Out), Tyson Davis WR (Out), Drayton Law WR (Out), Kobe Lewis RB (Out).
Boise State: CT Thomas WR (Out), Markel Reed CB (Out), Tyler Visser S (Out), Roman Kafentzis LB (Out).
Find our latest NCAA football injury reports.

Betting trend to know

Boise State is 5-0 against the spread in its last five games following a straight up loss. Find more NCAA betting trends for Central Michigan vs. Boise State.

Central Michigan vs Boise State picks and predictions

Our predictions are compiled from the analysis of the spread and total and are indications of where we are leaning for this game.
Our best bet is the play that we like the most for this game, which we would actually put some of our bankroll behind.

The Broncos have the 12th-best scoring defense in college football, as they’re giving up only 19.0 points per game this year. This Boise State defense is arguably the best group that Central Michigan’s explosive offense has faced all year, making this an interesting clash of styles in the desert. However, in the end, it’s hard to imagine the Broncos not coming out on top. 

Central Michigan’s strength on offense is in the passing game, where Daniel Richardson leads a unit that was 25th in the nation in passing yards per game at 270.1. The Broncos, however, have a very good passing defense, as they are allowing only 206.9 yards per game through the air this year. With that in mind, Boise State should make enough plays on passing situations to get this team off the field. It won’t be a flawless defensive performance, but the Broncos will get the stops they need to keep the Chippewas out of striking range. 

Offensively, Hank Bachmeier should be able to throw all over a Central Michigan defense that allowed 262.8 yards per game through the air this season. Bachmeier had a solid season for Boise State this year, but he didn’t exactly live up to expectations. Look for him to end his junior year on a positive note by turning in a huge game against a lousy passing defense, giving him all the momentum in the world heading into his senior year. Central Michigan is not going to have a match for Khalil Shakir, who had 77 receptions for 1,117 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

Prediction: Boise State -7.5 (-110) 

Boise State has gone Under the total in each of its last seven games, and the Under has also cashed in nine of its last 10. The Broncos have, however, been scoring a decent amount of points on their own recently, as they are averaging 28.8 points per game over their last five. Meanwhile, the Chippewas have gone Over the total in three of their last five games, and they’re averaging 40.4 points per game in that span. 

The Broncos are fully capable of turning it up offensively when they need to, and that’s likely how this one will end up playing out. The Chippewas should score a solid number of points in this game. It just won’t be enough to match the Broncos. 

Prediction: Over 54.5 (-115)

Since Jim McElwain became the head coach at Central Michigan, the Over is 11-5 when his team has played as an underdog. It’s also 4-1 when the team is coming off back-to-back Unders in that span. Overall, McElwain is a guy that focuses more on the offensive side of the ball, which means his teams are going to put up a lot of points at the expense of giving some up. The problem is that things can get out of hand when the Chippewas face better teams, and that’s exactly what’s happening here. 

While this Boise State team has played in quite a few low-scoring games this year, the group has also been involved in some shootouts. Boise State and UCF combined to score 67 points in the first week of the year, and the Broncos also put up 54 points against UTEP the following week. Then, there was also a 31-41 loss to Nevada on October 2. This isn’t Boise State’s preferred style of play, but this group will be ready to put up some points.

Pick: Over 54.5 (-115)

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