Western Michigan Broncos (6-5) at Toledo Rockets (9-1)
|Date & Time||Friday November 27, 2015, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toledo Rockets -9.5 -- Over/Under:
The Western Michigan Broncos will travel to the Glass Bowl to take on the Toledo Rockets this Friday afternoon in College Football action.
The Western Michigan Broncos couldn’t hold onto to a 4th quarter lead and dropped to 6-5 (5-2 MAC West) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Illinois Huskies 27-19. Western Michigan outgained Northern Illinois by a 492-447 margin but allowed the Huskies to score 13 unanswered points in the 4th quarter in the loss. Leading the way for the Broncos was Zach Terrell who completed 21 of 37 passes for 331 yards, 2 TD, and 1 INT. On the season, Western Michigan is averaging 35.3 ppg on 486.5 yards per game (284.8 passing, 201.6 rushing). Leading the way for the Broncos has been WR’s Daniel Braverman (108.0 yds/game, 12 TD) and Corey Davis (101.3 yds/game, 9 TD). QB Zach Terrell is averaging 271.1 yds/game and has 25 TD and 8 INT. The Broncos rushing attack has been led by Jamauri Bogan (75.82 yds/game, 11 TD) and Jarvion Franklin (60.73 yds/game, 5 TD). Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 27.9 ppg on 405 yards per game (219.7 passing, 185.3 rushing). The Broncos currently have a turnover margin of 0 and have been led defensively by LB Asantay Brown (94 tackles) and DB Darius Phillips (5 INT).
The Toledo Rockets stayed alive in the race for the MAC West regular season title as they improved to 9-1 (6-1 MAC West) on the season after a convincing 44-28 victory on the road against the Bowling Green Falcons. Toledo outgained Bowling Green by a 406-368 margin and forced the Falcons into committing 5 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for Toledo was RB Kareem Hunt who had 153 yards and 2 TD on 29 carries. On the season, Toledo is averaging 35.8 ppg on 461.5 yards per game (247.1 passing, 214.4 rushing). Leading the way for Rockets has been their rushing attack who consists of Kareem Hunt (107.86 yds/game, 9 TD), Terry Swanson (89.00 yds/game, 6 TD), and Damion Jones-Moore (50.13 yds/game, 5 TD). QB Phillip Ely is averaging 240.0 yds/game and has 19 TD and 10 INT. Cody Thompson (61.0 yds/game, 4 TD), Alonzo Russell (55.6 yds/game, 5 TD), and Corey Jones (47.7 yds/game, 4 TD) have lead the way for the Toledo WR’s. Defensively, Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 19.7 ppg on 374.7 yards per game (262.4 passing, 112.3 rushing). Toledo has a plus 7 turnover margin and has been led defensively by DL Orion Jones who has 42 tackles and 6.0 sacks.
The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Fridays game and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Rockets are 11-1-2 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 conference games.
Western Michigan has some great players at the skilled positions but wasn't able to pull out wins in their big matchups against Bowling Green and Northern Illinois. Toledo had an impressive game against Bowling Green and was outstanding defensively holding the Falcons, who were averaging almost 600 yards of offense per game, to just 368 yards.. Toledo has the best RB in the MAC in Kareem Hunt who seems finally healthy after battling injuries all season and although Western Michigan should be able to get some points through the air on the Rockets, I think Toledo keeps the Western Michigan offense in check and covers this spread.