Western Michigan 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

Western Michigan 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction Photo by Tim Flores-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Western Michigan Broncos Win Total

2020 College Football Season

Western Michigan: O/U 6.5 Wins -- Title Odds: NA

The Western Michigan Broncos will be looking to jump ahead of Central Michigan in the MAC West during the 2020 season.  Western Michigan finished the 2019 season with an overall record of (7-6) and a (5-3) conference record, finishing 2nd in the MAC West.  The offense averaged 33.1 points per contest, which ranked 33rd at the FBS level.  The defense allowed just under 26 points per game.  The program is under the direction of Tim Lester. 

The offense was guided by quarterback Jon Wassink.  Wassink passed for 3,097 yards, while throwing 20 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.  However, Wassink was a senior.  Quarterback Griffin Alstott had limited playing time during his sophomore season, but did pass for 31 yards, completing 5 of 6 passes.  He threw 1 touchdown against Michigan State. Alstott looks to compete for the starting job.  The backfield will also be without LeVante Bellamy.  Bellamy rushed for 1,472 yards and 23 touchdowns.  He was picked up by the Denver Broncos after the 2020 NFL Draft.  Running back Sean Tyler looks to have an increase in playing time, after rushing for 390 yards and 5 touchdowns as a freshman.  Wideout Skyy Moore reeled in 51 receptions for 802 yards and 3 touchdowns as a freshman.  

As a team the defense totaled 36 sacks and had 13 interceptions.  The defense was guided by junior linebacker Treshaun Hayward.  Hayward led the team in tackles with 142, while also gathering 5 sacks.  Defensive end Ali Fayad paced the defense in sacks with 6.5.  He will be entering his senior season, registering 16.5 sacks during his first 3 seasons.  Defensive back Patrick Lupro collected 64 tackles, 3 interceptions, and had 6 pass break ups.  He will be entering his junior season, as he will be back roaming the secondary for the Broncos. 

Let us take a look at the Western Michigan schedule for the 2020 season. 

Sept. 4 Colgate

Sept. 11 at Cincinnati

Sept. 19 at Notre Dame

Sept. 26 Syracuse

Oct. 3 at Ball State

Oct. 10 Toledo

Oct. 17 at Central Michigan (in Detroit)

Oct. 24 at Kent State

Oct. 31 Eastern Michigan

Nov. 10 Northern Illinois

Nov. 21 at Akron

Nov. 27 Buffalo

Western Michigan opens the season with their non-conference schedule.  The Broncos non-conference slate features a home game against Colgate, road contests at Cincinnati and Notre Dame, before hosting Syracuse.  

The projected win total is set at 6.5 wins.  This win total projection still gives Western Michigan a chance at a bowl game, even if the under-hits.  The season will open with a win, before the Broncos hit the road for two touch contests, that will more than likely end in losses.  Seeing that the program will have to replace their quarterback and running back, I’m going to side with the under.  These are two key positions that were lost from last season.  I like for Western Michigan to beat Colgate, Syracuse, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, and Akron.  The program will fall just short of the win total, but will still find themselves in a bowl game.          

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