The updated 2013-14 bowl projections are out and the Central Michigan Chippewas are on the outside looking in. The Chippewas became bowl eligible after beating Eastern Michigan on Friday and winning the Michigan MAC trophy. But just because they became bowl eligible doesn’t mean they will get invited to a postseason game.
The latest bowl projections have the Chippewas staying home while the Ohio Bobcats play in either the Beef O’Bradys bowl on December 23rd or Poinsettia Bowl on December 26th. The Chippewas beat the Bobcats 26-23 in Ohio on October 12th.
So who is projecting Ohio in one of those two bowl match-ups?
Two pretty reputable sources, CBS Sports and college football guru Phil Steele. CBS is projecting the Pointsettia and Phil Steele is projecting Beef O’Brady. The Toledo Rockets are also in the mix for both bowl games.
The projected payout for the Beef O’ Bradys Bowl is $537,000.
It is a bit of a mystery as to why the Bobcats would get the nod over the Chippewas. Ohio had a disappointing end to the 2013 season by losing 3 of their last 4 games. Granted two of those losses were to the Bowling Green and Buffalo but they were ugly blow-out losses. The Bobcats finished 7-5. One game ahead of the Chippewas in overall record.
Conversely the Chippewas won 3 of their last 4 and despite being down one game to Ohio with a 6-6 record, the Chips finished ahead of them in the MAC standings.
Based on this, Central Michigan deserves a shot at a bowl before Ohio.