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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Western Michigan Broncos NCAAF Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14

Western Michigan Broncos (1-11) at Purdue Boilermakers (1-11)

College Football: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Ross-Ade Stadium)

The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -11 -- Over/Under: 53 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Western Michigan Broncos and Purdue Boilermakers begin the 2014 season with a matchup on Saturday.

Western Michigan returns 12 starters from a team that won just one game last season, and eight of those players are on the offensive side of the ball. One of the few bright spots for the Western Michigan Broncos is wide receiver Corey Davis, who caught 67 passes for 941 yards and six touchdowns last season as a freshman. Other than Davis, the Broncos really struggle to do anything well as they finished last season ranked 119th in points scored and 106th in points allowed. Western Michigan also has a solid secondary led by one of the top cornerbacks in the MAC in Donald Celiscar, and a senior safety in Justin Currie. Even with a few brights spots to lean on, Western Michigan is still a work in progress under head coach P.J. Fleck, and not much is expected in just his second season.

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Western Michigan Broncos NCAAF Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14

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The Purdue Boilermakers are also a team that’s coming off just one victory, and they return 12 starters with eight of them coming from the offense. Purdue is really only going to go as far as quarterback Danny Etling carries the team, as he’s a promising young quarterback who threw for 1,690 yards and 10 touchdowns last season in somewhat of a limited role. But even then, you’re talking about a Boilermaker offense that was 80th in passing yards, 125th in rushing yards and 122nd in points scored. Like Western Michigan, Purdue really has nowhere to go but up. Purdue’s defense wasn’t any better considering it was 111th in college football in points allowed, but this should be a breakout season for defensive lineman Ryan Russell. Overall, the Purdue Boilermakers are once again expected to be the worst team in the Big Ten.

The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Augus and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Boilermakers are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. MAC and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. 

Although both teams were hot garbage last season and only expect to take baby steps this season, there is a huge difference between the Big Ten and the MAC. Even Purdue shouldn’t have a problem winning this game by two touchdowns or so.

Give me the home team and the chalk.

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