Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Western Michigan Broncos Preview
Where: Waldo Stadium — Kalamazoo, Michigan
When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 3:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN3
Writer’s Pick: Western Michigan Broncos (-23.5)
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Betting on the Eastern Michigan Eagles (+23.5)
The Eastern Michigan Eagles have some firepower of their own to matchup to the Broncos’ superior offense. But it is on the defensive end where the Eagles are walking on a thin line.
31.6 points is exactly how much Eastern Michigan is scoring per contest, while its defense is giving almost the same amount (28.3). If the Eagles can’t find some stability on this side of the field, then that leaves an enormous amount of pressure on quarterback Brogan Roback to ignite their attack.
The redshirt junior has been phenomenal lately, throwing for seven touchdowns and just one interception in the previous three games. That stretch includes a career performance in last week’s win over Ohio, during which he passed for 347 yards and three scores.
The Eagles also improved to 5-2 for the first time in more than 20 years thanks to that recent victory. But can they win against No. 20 Western Michigan, which has defeated them by an average margin of 37 points in the previous two meetings (0-2 ATS)?
Betting on the Western Michigan Broncos (-23.5)
Scoring has been a habit for the Western Michigan Broncos this season. They’re recording at least 40 points per game and gaining 6.4 yards per play. The quarterback-receiver tandem of Zach Terrell and Corey Davis has kept their offense thriving, connecting for a total of 10 touchdowns already.
What’s even scarier, though, is that those two aren’t the only weapons of Western Michigan. There’s also Jarvion Franklin, who’s headlined the team’s powerful ground attack (250.0 rushing yards per game). He’s rumbled for 795 yards on 135 carries along with six touchdowns in total. Franklin has also racked up 132 or more yards rushing in his last three games, including a franchise-high 281 yards in last week’s win versus Akron.
Defensively, the Broncos are solid overall. They’ve held their last three opponents below 300 offensive yards. And more importantly, they have one of the best linebackers in Keion Adams as their anchor. Adams has an MAC-high 11 tackles for loss and is tied for fourth in the conference with 5.5 sacks.
Western Michigan is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS in its last five home games.
The Broncos (-23.5) win, but don’t cover.
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