Western Michigan Broncos
(3-5, 3-3-2 ATS)
Central Michigan Chippewas
(2-7, 4-5 ATS)
It’s known as the “Big Game” in the state of Michigan, and you can bet that tensions will be flaring in Friday night’s appetizer for a college football betting feast, as the Western Michigan Broncos take on the Central Michigan Chippewas.
The boys from Kalamazoo have a lethal passing attack, but really not much else to speak of on either side of the football. We give QB Alex Carder all the credit in the world for hanging in there this year in spite of the fact that defenses know he is putting the ball in the air a million times per game. He is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 2,299 yards with 18 scores against 11 picks. He also has 153 rushing yards and six of the team’s 11 rushing TDs. WR Jordan White is just 62 yards away from the 1,000 yard barrier, while his teammate, WR Juan Nunez isn’t that far behind with 56 catches, 635 yards, and six TDs. The defense for WMU hasn’t played all that poorly of late, as the unit only allowed 28 last week to a strong Northern Illinois outfit, and has only really been mauled by one team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish since the beginning of October. Winning the MAC is out of the question, but going bowling, even at 3-5, isn’t. This one is a must win, though.
The Chippewas know that their season is over with, and it’s a wonder to us how they keep ending up being favored in games. Three times this year, they have been favorites by at least 13 points at home in conference, and three times, they have gone away with outright losses. The most recent of those came just last week in a brutal 17-14 loss to the Bowling Green Falcons. Since beating down the Eastern Michigan Eagles 52-14 in Ypsilanti, the Chippies have dropped six straight SU and have lost their L/5 against the football odds. In that stretch, they haven’t scored more than 25 points in a game and have allowed at least 27 in all but last week’s loss. Needless to say, things in the life after QB Dan LeFevour aren’t going all that well. QB Ryan Radcliff is trying to make up for LeFevour’s arm, but the frosh is only completing 58.6 percent of his passes. He does have 2,342 yards and will inevitably inch over the 3,000 yard mark for the year, but his TD/INT ratio is a very questionable 12/15.
When the Directional Michigan schools get together, you know that anything can happen, especially when both teams are this bad. However, it is clear that the better team in this game is Western Michigan, as the Broncos have at least shown some competency against some of the better teams in the country and in the conference. It really feels like Central Michigan is just waiting for the season to be over. The wrong team is favored in this one.
College Football Free Pick: Western Michigan Broncos +3.5