Western Michigan Broncos (2-0) at Illinois Fighting Illini (1-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 17, 2016, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +3.5 -- Over/Under:
The Western Michigan Broncos and Illinois Fighting Illini square off Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The Western Michigan Broncos look for another road victory after a strong 2-0 start to the season. Zach Terrell is completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 473 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Terrell has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Corey Davis and Michael Henry have combined for 300 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Carrington Thompson has four receptions. The Western Michigan Broncos ground game is averaging 278.5 yards per contest, and Jamauri Bogan leads the way with 234 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, WMU is allowing 21 points and 317 yards per game. Asantay Brown leads the Broncos with 15 tackles, Caleb Bailey has two sacks and Davontae Ginwright has four pass deflections.
The Illinois Fighting Illini could use a statement victory to get a game above a .500 record. Wes Lunt is completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 353 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lunt has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Malik Turner and Desmond Cain have combined for 160 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Justin Hardee has two receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 234.5 yards per contest, and Kendrick Foster leads the way with 172 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 25.5 points and 313.5 yards per game. Hardy Nickerson leads the Fighting Illini with 22 tackles, Carroll Phillips has two sacks and Taylor Barton has one interception.
The Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Illinois is an improving team but last week's loss to North Carolina showed progress still needs to be made before you can start backing the Illini as a dog. Western Michigan is an explosive group that's extremely confident and already has a road win over a Big Ten team this season. In fact, the Broncos have won four of their last five true road games all together.
Have to like Western Michigan and the reasonable chalk given the consistency the last year or so.