Skip to main content

Miami Beach Bowl: Tulsa vs. Central Michigan Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

A graphic for the Miami Beach Bowl.

Twitter/Miami Beach Bowl

Looking for a Tulsa vs. Central Michigan preview ahead of their matchup in the Miami Beach Bowl? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the big game.

Monday, Dec. 19, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane take on the Central Michigan Chippewas in the Miami Beach Bowl. The game, to be played at Marlins Park, is slated for a 2:30 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Tulsa vs. Central Michigan preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Tulsa wins the matchup between the two teams 70.5% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Golden Hurricane favored as well.

Spread: Tusla -11

Game Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPN

Tulsa vs. Central Michigan preview:

Tulsa (9-3) ended the regular season with a 40-37 win over Cincinnati which was its second straight win. Central Michigan (6-6) fell to Eastern Michigan 26-21 to end the regular season giving the Chippewas their fourth loss in five games.

Central Michigan gave up 538 yards in its loss to Eastern Michigan to end the regular season including 355 yards through the air. Cooper Rush ended the year with 3,299 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Corey Willis was his favorite target and the wide out had 1,024 receiving yards and nine scores during the year.

Tulsa had three turnovers and just 305 yards of offense against Cincinnati, but managed to grab the win to close out the year. Dane Evans threw for 3,044 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Golden Hurricane on the year. James Flanders rushed for 1,529 yards and 17 touchdowns in the regular season.

Tulsa lost to Virginia Tech 55-52 in last year's Independence Bowl. Central Michigan lost to Minnesota 21-14 last year in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Tulsa vs. Central Michigan Prediction:

Tulsa's offense isn't talked about enough as it has some serious firepower both in the backfield and on the outside.

Central Michigan's defense does rank 43rd in the nation allowing 376 yards per contest, but Tulsa will be far too much for the Chippewas.

Tulsa 37, Central Michigan 28