Western Michigan Broncos (6-5) at Toledo Rockets (9-2)
College Football: Friday, November 24, 2017 at 11:30 am (Glass Bowl Stadium)
The Line: Toledo Rockets -11.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Western Michigan Broncos will travel to the Glass Bowl to take on the Toledo Rockets this Friday night in College Football action.
The Western Michigan Broncos dropped to 6-5 (4-3 MAC) on the season after falling to the Northern Illinois Huskies, 35-31, on November 15th. Western Michigan led 28-21 heading into the fourth quarter, however; the Bronco defense couldn't stop Nothern Illinois RB Jordan Huff from scoring 2 TDs as the Huskies rallied from behind for the win. Leading the way for Western Michigan was RB Jarvion Franklin who carried the ball 27 times for 115 yards and a TD. On the season, the Broncos are averaging 36.5 ppg on 400.0 total yards per game (163.5 passing yds/g; 236.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Western Michigan is led by Jarvion Franklin who has 11 TD on the season on 20.0 carries a game while averaging 109.9 rushing yards a game. QB Jon Wassink has completed 64.2% of his passes on the season for 14 TD and 4 INT while averaging 173.9 passing yds/g. The Broncos receivers are led by WR D'Wayne Eskridge (2.7 rec/g, 56.0 yds/g, 3 TD), WR Keishawn Watson (3.7 rec/g, 34.0 yds/g, 7 TD), and TE Donnie Ernsberger (2.9 rec/g, 33.0 yds/g, 4 TD). Defensively, Western Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 28.3 ppg on 371.5 total yards per game (215.4 passing yds/g; 156.2 rushing yds/g). The Broncos have forced 25 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +9.
The Toledo Rockets improved to 9-2 (6-1 MAC) on the season after defeating the Bowling Green Falcons, 66-37, this past Wednesday. Toledo scored 28 third quarter points behind a powerful rushing attack as the Rockets powered past Bowling Green for the easy win. The Rockets outgained the Falcons by a 637-391 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for Toledo was RB Terry Swanson who carried the ball 23 times for 192 yards. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 38.8 ppg on 510.3 total yards per game (289.8 passing yds/g; 220.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Toledo is led by QB Logan Woodside who has completed 65.2% of his passes on the season for 22 TD and 2 INT while averaging 286.5 passing yds/g. The main receiving threats for Woodside and the Rockets have been Cody Thompson (5.6 rec/g, 107.4 yds/g, 4 TD), Diontae Johnson (5.3 rec/g, 98.0 yds/g, 10 TD) and Jon'Vea Johnson (2.8 rec/g, 43.3 yds/g, 4 TD). Toledo’s backfield is led by Terry Swanson (18.9 att/g, 104.5 yds/g, 11 TD), Art Thompkins (8.6 att/g, 52.7 yds/g, 2 TD), and Shakif Seymour (8.6 att/g, 55.6 yds/g, 11 TD). Defensively, Toledo is allowing their opponents to an average of 26.8 ppg on 387.4 total yds per game (209.6 passing yds/g; 177.7 rushing yds/g). The Rockets have forced 16 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +7.
The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Western Michigan hasn’t been able to string together wins over the past month and must look back at a season of missed opportunities as their three conference losses have come by a combined 12 points. Toledo should have plenty of motivation in this game as a win will clinch the MAC-West division and punch their ticket to the MAC Championship game. Toledo comes into this game with the 7th ranked total offense in the country, however, Western Michigan should have some success on the offensive end and as I think their defense will give the Rockets some trouble, I’m taking Western Michigan to cover with the points.