Western Michigan vs. Miami-OH - 10/12/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Miami-OH RedHawks (2-3) at Western Michigan Broncos (3-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Waldo Stadium)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -13.5 -- Over/Under: 58 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Miami-Ohio RedHawks and the Western Michigan Broncos meet in week 7 college football MAC-tion from Waldo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Miami-Ohio RedHawks will look to build on their first victory over an FBS opponent this season with a 34-20 win over Buffalo last time out. Brett Gabbert has thrown for 649 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 53.2% passing while Tyre Shelton, Jaylon Bester and Maurice Thomas have each broken 100+ rushing yards for Miami-Ohio this season. Jalen Walker leads Miami-Ohio in receiving with 126 receiving yards while Dominique Robinson has 117 receiving yards and Jack Sorenson has a team-high 12 grabs for 103 yards this season. Defensively, Sterling Weatherford leads the RedHawks with 33 total tackls while Myles Reid has 31 total tackles and Bart Baratti has 28 total tackles with a team-high 20 solo tackles this season. As a team, Miami-Ohio is averaging 239.6 yards of total offense and 22.8 points per game while allowing 433.2 yards of total defense and 37.2 points per game against this season.
The Western Michigan Broncos will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their first six games of the season following a 31-24 loss to Toledo in their last outing. Jon Wassink has thrown for 1,769 yards, 12 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 59.6% passing while LeVante Bellamy has rushed for 629 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns while Sean Tyler has 220 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. Giovanni Ricci leads WMU in receiving with 27 catches for 386 yards and 6 touchdowns while Skyy Moore has 346 receiving yards. DaShon Russell, Jaylen Hall and Keith Mixon Jr. each have 200+ receiving yards this season. Defensively, Treshaun Hayward leads the Broncos in tackling with 67 total tackles as well as a team-high 2.5 sacks. Drake Spears has 49 total tackles while Justin Tranquill has 40 total tackles and a pair of interceptions. As a team, Western Michigan is averaging 485.5 yards of total offense and 35 points per game while allowing 449.5 yards of total defense and 28.7 points per game against this season.
Miami-Ohio is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 road games. Western Michigan is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 conference games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record.
I give the RedHawks credit for scheduling tough on the road, and can’t fault them for putting up 32 combined points against Iowa, Cincinnati and Ohio State. However, the RedHawks haven’t been stellar on offense and Western Michigan despite a .500 record might be one of the most high-powered offensive units in the MAC. The Broncos are just the better and more talented team, and I think they flex some muscle in this one, winning by at least a couple of TDs, so I’ll lay the points with Western Michigan in this spot.