Western Michigan Broncos (1-2) vs. San Jose State Spartans (1-1)
September 24, 2022 10:30 pm EDT
The Line: San Jose State Spartans -3.5 / Western Michigan Broncos +3.5 ; Over/Under: -
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The San Jose State Spartans and Western Michigan Broncos clash Saturday night in week 4 college football action from Spartan Stadium. The Broncos just finished up a matchup versus Pittsburgh. In that one, Western Michigan struggled in a 21-point loss. As for San Jose State, they’re coming off an open week after falling to Auburn in game two. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Western Michigan had an unenviable matchup versus Michigan State in their opener this year. The Broncos ended up falling in that one 35-13. Game two went better for Western Michigan, however. The Broncos scored 16 in the fourth quarter to take a 37-30 win over Ball State.
Over the weekend versus Pittsburgh, the Broncos were outscored 14-0 in the final quarter during a 34-13 loss. QB Jack Salopek threw for 99 yards and three interceptions, and La’Darius Jefferson had seven carries for 35 yards. Anthony Sambucci added a 44-yard catch to lead the receivers.
Over on the San Jose State side, they played a tricky matchup against Portland State in their opener. The Spartans managed to eke out a 21-17 win, though. QB Chevan Cordiero put up 239 yards and a score on 15-of-30 passing, and also scored two rushing touchdowns.
In game two back on September 10, San Jose State couldn’t keep up with Auburn and ended up losing 24-16. Cordiero threw for 275 lads on 24-of-40 passing in the defeat. Charles Ross was the top receiver on his five catches for 89 yards.
The Broncos are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 after a straight-up loss and 0-5 ATS in their last five after a bye week. The over is 4-0 in the Broncos’ last four on turf.
Meanwhile, the Spartans are 12-4-2 ATS in their last 18 after an ATS win and 8-20 ATS in the last 28 in September. SJSU is 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
PICK: I’m going to try Western Michigan here. The Broncos were overmatched in their last game versus Pittsburgh, but considering they were only down 20-13 going into the final quarter they didn’t fare too badly. It was a drab offensive effort though; Western Michigan posted just 180 total yards and 10 first downs.
As for San Jose State, they’ve had some ups and downs already. The open week should do the team some good, though. The Spartans gave up 210 rushing yards and 6.2 yards per play to Auburn in their last outing, ultimately falling short in the second half during the loss. San Jose State should match up a lot better here, but I still think the Broncos can cover.