Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-5) at Western Michigan Broncos (7-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 24, 2015, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -3 -- Over/Under: 60
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will play the Western Michigan Broncos in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Game.
The Western Michigan Broncos were 7-5 this season and finished fourth in the MAC West Division standings. The Western Michigan offense is averaging 35.4 points per game with 283.4 passing yards per game and 197.2 rushing yards per game. Zach Terrell is the quarterback for Western Michigan who is completing 66.8% of his passes for 3225 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Jamauri Bogan has 836 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns for Western Michigan. Jarvion Franklin has 699 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns for the Broncos. Daniel Braverman has 1266 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, while Corey Davis has 1253 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns for Western Michigan. The Western Michigan defense is giving up 28.1 points per game with 224.8 passing yards per game and 186.6 rushing yards per game. Asantay Brown has 100 tackles, Keion Adams has 4.5 sacks, and Darius Phillips has 5 interceptions for Western Michigan. Western Michigan is even in turnover margin this season.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders were 7-5 this season and finished third in the C-USA East Division standings. The Middle Tennessee offense is averaging 33.8 points per game with 310.4 passing yards per game and 148.3 rushing yards per game. Brent Stockstill is the Middle Tennessee quarterback who is completing 66.7% of his passes for 3678 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Jordan Parker has 468 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns for Middle Tennessee. Richie James has 1220 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, while Ed’Marques Batties has 960 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns for the Blue Raiders. The Middle Tennessee defense is giving up 25.1 points per game with 247 passing yards per game and 141.3 rushing yards per game. T.T. Barber has 89 tackles and 4 sacks, while Kevin Byard has 4 interceptions for Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennessee is -3 in turnover margin this season.
Middle Tennessee ended the season winning their last 4 games of the season. The Blue Raiders were very impressive to end the season and will have plenty of confidence coming into this game. Middle Tennessee has the 17th ranked passing attack in the country, so they should be able to find success against Western Michigan’s defense. Western Michigan comes into this game losing 2 of their last 3 games. Western Michigan has played in a lot of high scoring games, so I would expect another high scoring affair in this one. Western Michigan’s only two losses this season came to the two teams in the MAC championship game. This game looks very even, but I am going to take Western Michigan because they have beat better teams than Middle Tennessee has.