Western Michigan at Toledo: 10/23/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Western Michigan at Toledo: 10/23/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Toledo Rockets (3-4) vs Western Michigan Broncos (5-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Glass Bowl)

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The Western Michigan Broncos will travel to the Glass Bowl to take on the Toledo Rockets this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Western Michigan Broncos improved to 5-2 on the season after defeating the Kent State Golden Flashes, 64-31, this past Saturday. Western Michigan had their way on the offensive end against the Kent State defense and had no trouble securing the victory after a 13-yard TD run by La’Darius Jefferson gave the Broncos a 30-17 lead early in the 3rd quarter. Western Michigan outgained Kent State by a 648-362 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Broncos was QB Kaleb Eleby who completed 15 of 22 passes for 307 yards & 3 TD.

On the season, Western Michigan is averaging 31.0 ppg on 438.4 total yards per game (252.1 passing yds/g; 186.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Western Michigan has been led by the RB trio of Sean Tyler (96 att, 583 yards, 3 TD), La’Darius Jefferson (124 att, 497 yards, 9 TD), & Jaxson Kincaide (30 att, 149 yards, 2 TD). QB Kaleb Eleby has completed 62.7% of his passes for 1746 yards, 12 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for the Broncos have been led by Skyy Moore (50 rec, 635 yards, 5 TD), Corey Crooms (28 rec, 422 yards, 3 TD), & Jaylen Hall (24 rec, 407 yards, 3 TD).

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Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 26.3 ppg on 322.0 total yards per game (202.6 passing yds/g; 119.4 rushing yds/g).

The Toledo Rockets lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-4 on the season after being defeated by the Central Michigan Chippewas, 26-23 in OT, this past Saturday. Toledo was able to fight back from a 20-3 deficit to force OT, however, the Rockets could not pull out the victory after Central Michigan won it on a 38-yard FG by Marshall Meeder. Toledo outgained Central Michigan by a 350-328 margin and didn’t commit a turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Rockets was WR Isaiah Winstead who had 4 receptions for 108 receiving yards.

On the season, Toledo is averaging 27.7 ppg on 385.4 total yards per game (225.1 passing yds/g; 160.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Toledo is averaging 27.7 ppg on 385.4 total yards per game (225.1 passing yds/g; 160.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Toledo uses two QB’s in Carter Bradley (59.5 Comp %, 962 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT) & Dequan Finn (56.4 Comp %, 579 yards, 3 TD; 64 att, 327 yards, 6 TD). RB Bryant Koback has rushed for 535 yards & 5 TD on 103 rushing attempts. The leading receivers for the Rockets have been Devin Maddox (23 rec, 375 yards, 3 TD), Isaiah Winstead (19 rec, 281 yards), & Bryce Mitchell (14 rec, 165 yards, TD).

Defensively, Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 18.7 ppg on 315.7 total yards per game (173.0 passing yds/g; 142.7 rushing yds/g).

The Broncos are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite. The Rockets are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Toledo made an early season statement with a near win at Notre Dame, however, the Rockets have lost 3 of their last 5 games and haven’t looked great on the offensive end as they have only scored more than 22 points once in their last 5 games. Western Michigan has won 5 of their last 6 games with an impressive victory on the road against Pittsburgh and as I just don’t see the Rockets offense being able to keep up with the Broncos, I’m taking Western Michigan to cover this small road spread. Good luck!

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Brett’s Pick Western Michigan Broncos -1.5

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