Sure, there may be snow blanketing The Mitten State, but it’s still a beautiful day for the Central Michigan Chippewas on Monday, and not just because they are soaking up the sun and sand in south Florida. The reason for the season in Mt. Pleasant is the Chips’ opportunity to hang a post-season win on their resume as they take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl in Marlins Park.
For the Chips, it’s an opportunity to end 2016 on a high note, much the way 2016 started. The back half of the season was quite unkind to CMU and saw the Chips lose four of their last five to moonwalk to 6-6. If you ask Mike Gundy, the Chips are actually 5-7, but no one asked him. He’ll tell you anyway, but you didn’t ask. Trust me on that one.
Tulsa, at 9-3, is not what you would call an “ideal bowl opponent” just because the Golden Hurricane are quite good at football. They’re also the only team in the FBS with a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard rushers and a 1,000-yard receiver this season. So they got that going for them, which is nice.
You can find James’ Miami Beach Bowl preview here. In all truth, the Chips are playing with house money at this point and are matching up with an opponent that on paper, most give CMU not a sizable chance against. The same thing was said when they went out to Stillwater earlier this season. Let’s not need a freak last second play today boys to get this win, mmmkay?
Location: Marlins Park (Miami, FL)
Live Stream: WatchESPN app, pending cable provider
Line: Tulsa -12.5