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Boise State vs. Central Michigan Odds, Date: Opening Spread, Total for 2021 Arizona Bowl

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Tyler Ingham/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: Wide receiver Shea Whiting (27) and his Boise State Broncos teammates take the field at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, ID.

Boise State vs. Central Michigan Odds

Boise State Odds -10.5
Central Michigan Odds -10.5
Over/Under 52.5
Date Dec. 31
Location Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona

Boise State is set to take on Central Michigan in the Arizona Bowl on Dec. 31 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. Find our expert’s projected odds, a recap of each team’s seasons, plus more information on the Arizona Bowl below.

Boise State vs. Central Michigan Projected Odds

Boise State Spread -8.5
Central Michigan Spread +8.5
Over/Under 57.2

These Boise State vs. Central Michigan projections are based on Collin Wilson’s college football power ratings, which help power our PRO Projections — they compare all of his projections to real-time college football odds in order to easily identify betting edges.

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How Boise State Reached the Arizona Bowl

Boise State is usually the class of the Mountain West, but the Broncos fell off in 2021.

There was enough talent, especially offensively, to nab a bowl berth as usual — Boise State’s played in the postseason every since 2002, save for last year’s shortened season — but it’s just the second time since 1998 with five losses during the regular season.

The Broncos were particularly spotty when favored, suffering three separate upsets.

There was no identity on the ground, as the 123.8 yards per game ranked outside the top-100 nationally.

Boise State went under the total in nine of 12 games, including each of the final six.

How Central Michigan Reached the Arizona Bowl

The Chippewas will look back at the missed opportunity against Northern Illinois with regret as Central Michigan blew a 35-18 second-half lead that ended up costing the team a bid in the conference championship game.

Still, it was a successful season for Central Michigan as it hit the over on 6.5 wins and moves on to a bowl game thanks in part to running back Lew Nicholls III. The back rushed for over 1,700 yards on the year, including over 200 yards in two of his last three games.

Boise State vs. Central Michigan Matchup Analysis

Toggle the dropdowns below to hide or show how Boise State and Central Michigan match up statistically:

Boise State Offense vs. Central Michigan Defense
Rush Success 105 67
Line Yards 115 55
Pass Success 39 77
Pass Blocking** 104 27
Big Play 90 84
Havoc 53 8
Finishing Drives 57 76
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Central Michigan Offense vs. Boise State Defense
Rush Success 50 29
Line Yards 33 46
Pass Success 29 25
Pass Blocking** 57 106
Big Play 31 39
Havoc 38 67
Finishing Drives 82 24
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling 21 38
Coverage 11 52
Middle 8 72 58
SP+ Special Teams 15 71
Plays per Minute 31
Rush Rate 52.9% (80) 53.7% (76)

Data via College Football Data, FootballOutsiders, SP+, PFF and SportSource Analytics.

Arizona Bowl Date, Time, TV, More Info

  • Date: Dec. 31
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Location: Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona
  • TV Info: Barstool

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