Ohio vs Miami

Ohio vs Miami : The Ohio Bobcats look to stay alive in the MAC East Division race when they visit the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. Ohio has won three straight and can set up a de facto division title game against first-place Buffalo with a win over the RedHawks.

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The Bobcats are coming off perhaps their most impressive performance of the season in a 59-14 win at Western Michigan, while Miami needs to win its three remaining games in order to become bowl-eligible. The Bobcats are 3.5-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 62 in the latest Ohio vs. Miami (Ohio) odds. Before you make any Miami (Ohio) vs. Ohio picks for Wednesday’s MACtion, check out results from the SportsLine Projection Model. Can the Ohio Bobcats go on the road and cover a small spread when they face the struggling Miami-Ohio RedHawks tonight at 7PM ET?

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According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Ohio is the slight favorite on the road, as the Bobcats are getting odds of -4.5 points against Miami-Ohio. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 60.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 82 percent going on Ohio on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.

Miami-Ohio needs some help in the MAC race after suffering a 51-42 loss at Buffalo last week. The RedHawks are 3-6 overall, 3-2 in the MAC, 5-4 against the spread and 6-3 with the over. Miami had covered the spread in five straight prior to last week’s game.

The RedHawks haven’t been terribly impressive on offense this season, averaging 28 points and 375.9 yards per game. Quarterback Gus Ragland has thrown for 2,082 yards and 15 touchdowns while Jack Sorensen has 39 catches for 593 yards and two touchdowns. Miami just hasn’t had a steady ground game, as the RedHawks are being led by Alonzo Smith with just 405 yards and four scores.

The Ohio Bobcats are very much in the MAC race. They have won three straight coming into this week, all by at least 35 points or more. Ohio is 6-3 on the season, 4-1 in the MAC 6-3 against the spread and 5-3-1 with the over. The Bobcats have covered the spread in four straight.

Usually known for defense, Ohio is winning with offense this year. The Bobcats are putting up 40.6 points and 463.2 yards per game this season. Their run game is averaging 236.3 yards per game. Nathan Rourke, AJ Ouellette and Maleek Irons each have nearly 600 rushing yards and the trio has combined for 22 rushing touchdowns. Rourke has also thrown for 1,766 yards and 17 touchdowns. Papi White is the leading receiver with 42 catches for 706 yards. Defensively, Ohio is allowing 27.2 points and 419.2 yards per game.

Miami has covered the spread in five of its last six conference games but in just three of its last 11 home games.

Ohio has covered the spread in six of its last eight against a losing team and in 14 of its last 20 road games.

Prediction:

Road games at night aren’t easy, but Ohio should be able to take care of business. The Bobcats are moving the ball very well right now and Miami won’t be able to match their scoring pace. I expect this game to be competitive early as each team breaks some big plays on offense, but Ohio should pull away in the second half with its consistent play with the ball. Miami isn’t quite at Ohio’s level when it comes to pulling out big games.

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