Tuesday night MACtion brings a rivalry game as Miami (Ohio) takes on the Ohio Bobcats in a conference game that is extremely important for Ohio as they look to get to six wins and an outside chance of bowl eligibility while Miami look to get a win over the in-state rivals as a way of getting a moral victory on what has been a long season for the RedHawks who are 2-9 going into Tuesday’s clash.
Ohio did their best to stay in the MAC East race for as long as possible, but at 3-4 the dream of an improbable title game berth was dashed as Bowling Green has clinched their spot in the game with a 5-2 record. However they will have an outside chance at getting a bowl bid if they can beat the RedHawks in a game that the Bobcats won easily last season in a 41-16 blowout.
The RedHawks will remember that blowout on their home turf as they host the Bobcats for a second straight year, but five straight losses will present a momentum challenge for Miami (Ohio). If they are to upset the Bobcats goal of reaching the magic number of six points, they will need to turn things around in their 2014 finale in a big way.
TV: 7:00 p.m. E.T.
LINE HISTORY: The line has fluctuated between 1.5 and 2 depending on the book with the O/U off the board at the time of writing.
INJURY REPORT: Ohio: WR Brendan Cope, S Nathan Carpenter, TE Brennan Borland, and WR Papi White are the questionables for the Bobcats. Miami-Ohio: LB Kent Kern is the only questionable player on the Redhawks injury report going into Tuesday.
WEATHER REPORT: The forecast is calling for a chilly, cloudy evening in Oxford with temperatures of 30 degrees Fahrenheit expected at kickoff.
ABOUT OHIO: (5-6, 5-6 ATS, 3-8 O/U): The Bobcats are very much a home team, which makes things tricky for Ohio backers looking to take advantage of the slim -2 line for the 5-6 team Tuesday. Ohio are just 1-4 ATS away from home, and are just 2-3 which is why they are still chasing a sixth win while being out of the MAC East race going into the final week. A low scoring team at 20.2 points per game, the Bobcats lack of ability in putting the ball into the endzone is a big reason why they are 8-3 on Unders in 2014.
Running back AJ Oullette is the player to watch on offense for the Bobcats as he leads Ohio in touchdowns with nine, rushing for 689 yards which is less impressive, but if Ohio are going to win they will need Oullette to find the endzone on a few occasions to get the rivalry game win.
ABOUT MIAMI (OHIO) (2-9, 7-4 ATS, 5-6 O/U): The RedHawks come into their final game of the season as a team that covers often despite being one of the worst teams in the NCAA in the wins department. Most of Miami (Ohio)’s covers have came as underdogs of 10 or more, but they have got the job done as five point faves against Kent State and will look to do so as less than a field goal underdogs in their home finale against the Bobcats.
Despite not getting wins, the RedHawks are 21st in the country in passing yard average, augmented by soon to be 1000 yard wide receiver David Frazier who needs 99 yards to get to the magic number and will likely receiver plenty of targets from quarterback Andrew Hendrix. Hendrix has matched a magic number himself already, reaching 3000 yards going into the regular season finale at 3062 passing yards. If the RedHawks are to upset their Ohio rivals they will need a big game from their quarterback.
Miami (Ohio) are 3-1 ATS in their last four games, with the Under going 3-1 in that same span.
Ohio haven’t broken 21 points in their last three games, winning just one of those two contests.
Ohio are 3-0 as favorites in 2014.