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Predictions For Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Betting – Hilltoppers Play First Bowl Game In Their History

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/9/2012 5:27:33 PM

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have never played in a bowl game before. They will make history for themselves and their school when they go to Detroit to play Central Michigan.

2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Central Michigan Chippewas – Wednesday, Dec. 26  
Betting line: Western Kentucky -5

Why Western Kentucky Will Win

Legal online sports betting analysts are expecting this to be a game in which the Hilltoppers play with great motivation, energy, and a decidedly positive attitude. Western Kentucky despite its less than stellar national rankings on the offensive side of the ball, may feature one of the top running backs most have not heard of in Antonio Andrews.

It should be pointed out that Andrews has rushed for north of 1,600 yards on the year with 11 touchdowns including 100+ yards in all but two games. He saved two of his best performances of the season for two of the Sun Belt’s toughest opponents, rushing for 238 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette and 215 against Arkansas State. For the most part though, the Hilltoppers rely on a defense that ranks in the top 35 against the pass, against the run and overall.

The Hilltoppers held conference champ Arkansas State to 13 points in a late September win which appeared at the time to be a catalyst to a run at the conference crown. The pass rush averages over two and a half sacks per game and lives in opponents’ backfields with nearly seven and a half tackles for loss per game. Coach Willie Taggart’s name has been one of the most praised of all coaches in the non-AQ ranks, and after last year’s omission from the postseason, you can expect the Hilltoppers will be ready to go out of the gate in Detroit.

Why Central Michigan Will Win

When NCAA football betting gurus put aside other work and evaluate this particular matchup, they're going to realize that Western Kentucky, for all the ways in which it is a feel-good story, did not finish its season with strength or vigor. The Hilltoppers' defensive front began to be bossed around at the point of attack, and as a result, WKU gave up point totals in the 30s to teams such as Florida Atlantic that had no business lighting up the scoreboard. WKU coach Willie Taggart prides himself on instilling a physical and rugged mentality into his teams, especially on defense, and Western Kentucky strayed from that identity late in the 2012 season.

Central Michigan was 4-6 on the season, but the Chippewas rallied to gain bowl eligibility and will be playing in their home state, a short drive from their campus. WKU won't be the only motivated team here. The Chippewas are going to be very, very happy to play in this game as well.

Who Will Win

It’s going to be some kind of scene in Detroit. A school playing its first bowl game is a one-of-a-kind moment, and the emotions of the Western Kentucky players will likely carry them to victory.

College Football Betting Pick: Western Kentucky

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