The Miami Beach Bowl features one team that got out of the gates quick and stumbled down the stretch and another that finished strong.
Tulsa has won five of its last six games — the only setback was a 42-40 loss to Navy — and is scoring a lot of points in the process. Central Michigan lost four of its final five games — all in the MAC — to finish 6-6.
Here’s a look at today’s matchup:
Tulsa vs. Central Michigan, Miami Beach Bowl game time, details
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Date: Monday, Dec. 19
Location: Marlins Park, Miami
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81 degrees and very little chance of rain. The facility has a retractable roof, so weather should be zero concern.
The line: Tulsa by 13.5 points
What channel is the Miami Beach Bowl with Tulsa-Central Michigan on?
ESPN is televising the Miami Beach Bowl.
How can I watch Tulsa-Central Michigan online in the Miami Beach Bowl?
You can watch the Miami Beach Bowl online at WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Tulsa-Central Michigan in the Miami Beach Bowl on the radio?
You can listen to the game in the Tulsa area on 99.5 FM or on the Central Michigan website.
Who is calling the Miami Beach Bowl for ESPN?
Allen Bestwick is handling play-by-play, Mike Bellotti is the analyst and Kris Budden is the sideline reporter.
Miami Beach Bowl, Tulsa vs. Central Michigan keys to the game
That’s a lot of offense
The Golden Hurricane are fifth in the country averaging 522.5 total yards per game and are 11th in the country with 41.4 points per game. They’ve done it with some pretty spectacular individual performances. First, QB Dane Evans has thrown for 3,044 yards and 27 touchdowns. Running backs James Flanders (1,529 yards, 17 TDs) and D’Angelo Brewer (1,330, 7 TDs) led the AAC in rushing this season. But that’s not all. Receiver Keevan Lucas has 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns. Joshua Atkinson has 927 receiving yards and if he gets 73 more, Tulsa will be the first team in FBS history with a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard rushers and two 1,000-yard receivers.
Chippewas can throw it too
Central Michigan isn’t as prolific on offense as Tulsa, but it has a pretty good quarterback in Cooper Rush. He threw for 3,299 yards and 23 touchdowns this season and his favorite target has been Corey Willis, who has 69 receptions for 1,028 yards and 9 TDs. And Rush spreads it around: Mark Chapman and Tyler Conklin both hauled in 40 passes this season and combined for 10 touchdowns.