Western Michigan at Buffalo: 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Western Michigan at Buffalo: 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Nicholas LoVerde-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bulls (2-2) vs Western Michigan Broncos (3-1)

Game Info: Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm (UB Stadium)

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The Western Michigan Broncos and Buffalo Bulls face off on Saturday in a Week 5 college football showdown at UB Stadium. When these two teams last faced off in 2018, Western Michigan won 71-68. 

The Western Michigan Broncos come into this game with a 3-1 record and their only loss came against Michigan. Since that point, Western Michigan has been quite impressive, including a win over Pittsburgh. In the last game against San Jose State, the defense was elite giving up only three points. Western Michigan is averaging 27.2 points per game while their defense is giving up 22.7 points per game. Kaleb Eleby has been the best player for Western Michigan throwing for 902 yards, seven touchdowns, and one interception. On the ground, Sean Tyler and La’Darius Jefferson have both rushed for over 270 yards. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Buffalo Bulls who sit with a 2-2 record but overall they have been competitive. Two games ago against Coastal Carolina, they were competitive, but lost by three points. In the last game against Old Dominion, Buffalo let them back into the game late giving up 13 points, but they held off to win by a point. Under center for Buffalo is Kyle Vantrease who has thrown for 792 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Three different players for Buffalo has scored at least 194 yards. Kevin Marks Jr, has been the best player, putting up 254 yards and three touchdowns. The offense is good for Buffalo, but the defense is going to need to be good in this game, or they could be in some trouble. 

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Western Michigan is 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 road games. Buffalo is 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games against a team with a winning record. The over is 7-3-1 in Western Michigan’s last 11 road games. The over is 9-4 in Buffalo’s last 13 games overall. Western Michigan is 1-4 against the spread in their last five meetings against Buffalo. 

There is no doubt that Western Michigan has been good this season, but Buffalo’s offense has been good this season. Buffalo’s running game has been the difference for this team, and it will be the difference in this game. Buffalo will keep this game close and cover the spread. Throwing a few dollars on Buffalo on the money line also makes a lot of sense.

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