The Western Michigan Broncos put their perfect record on the line tonight against Kent State on the road. And with that, Week 11 of the college football schedule gets started early on Tuesday night. Western Michigan are looking to do something a little similar to what another Broncos team did a few years back. The Boise State Broncos caused some havoc in the BCS era, with their Chris Petersen teams who would go undefeated, yet played in an inferior conference. Same deal with Western Michigan here. Western Michigan plays in the MAC, and regardless if they go undefeated or not, aren’t going to finish in the top 4 and go to the college football playoff. An undefeated campaign would probably be enough to get them to a New Year’s Six bowl, which would be a massive accomplishment for Western Michigan anyway.
There won’t be any blemishes allowed on their schedule if they want a big bowl game to come to fruition, this includes having to win the MAC Championship. Western Michigan are currently 14th in the country. A win tonight and some slip-ups from schools ahead of them will bring them that much closer to finding the top 10. Western Michigan’s best wins come against Northwestern and Illinois. They edged Northwestern out in the opener, 22-21, to get the season started off well. Was it a fluky win? Western Michigan have answered that call and proven they aren’t a one-hit wonder. Illinois isn’t a win over a top team, but they are from the BIG 10, and just knocked off Michigan State so that win does account for something.
The Broncos’ dominance is a continuation of last season, where they went 7-2 in their final nine games, including a bowl win over Middle Tennessee. Their loss came on November 18th, 2015 against Northern Illinois, a team in which they beat up on this season, 45-30. Western Michigan will look to keep their good fortunes rolling on the road tonight. They take on a pesky Kent State team who despite a 3-6 record, have played competitively. The Golden Flashes will be down their best defensive player on the field tonight. We’ll see how they adjust without their star safety in the lineup against the dangerous Western Michigan Broncos.
Western Michigan Broncos vs. Kent State Golden Flashes NCAAF Betting Odds:
Western Michigan -21(-110)
vs. Kent State +21(-110)
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Western Michigan vs. Kent State Pick:
Kent State safety Nate Holley leads the nation in tackles, but that is quickly going to change after he was arrested for felony kidnapping charges on Friday. Don’t ask me, I just report the ridiculous news that comes out of some college football programs. Apparently he was holding a female student against her will and was ultimately arrested on Friday. Holley has been indefinitely suspended from the team following the rest. He figured to get some looks in the NFL, but this severely diminishes that chance now. The kicker here is that his brother is the starting quarterback at Kent State, Nick Holley.
Nick Holley is a converted running back playing quarterback. The Golden Flashes were out two quarterbacks due to injuries and they were left no choice but to start Holley. They predictably run an option offense, with Holley running more often than not. He has 3 touchdown passes with 2 interceptions passing the ball. If Kent State are forced to throw the ball because they’re down early, which is entirely possible, this would could get ugly in favor of Western Michigan.
The Broncos have been propelled by quarterback Zack Terrell, who has passed for a whopping 23 touchdowns and only 1 interception. His favorite target, Corey Davis, has already hauled in 1,011 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season. Throw it up to Davis and he’s probably coming down with the ball. The Broncos also feature Jarvion Franklin, an excellent running back who has rushed for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns in total. Kent State has relied on their defense to keep games close. They haven’t played in shootouts, but the offense is going to have to get their points up tonight. I don’t see them keeping up here at all. The loss of safety Nate Holley will leave a glaring hole in the secondary for Terrell to go off on. Western Michigan wins here and wins big to cover the three touchdown spread.