Quick Lane Bowl: Western Michigan vs Nevada - 12/27/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Nevada Wolf Pack (8-4) vs Western Michigan Broncos (7-5)

Game Info: Monday, December 27, 2021 at 11:00 am (Ford Field)

Betting Odds: Nevada Wolf Pack +7 -- Over/Under: 56 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Western Michigan Broncos will play the Nevada Wolf Pack in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday afternoon.

The Western Michigan Broncos are 7-5 this season and finished the season winning two of their last three games. Western Michigan was 4-4 in conference play and finished tied for fourth in the MAC West Division. Western Michigan has wins against Illinois State, Pittsburgh, San Jose State, Buffalo, Kent State, Akron, and Northern Illinois this season. Western Michigan lost to Michigan, Ball State, Toledo, Central Michigan, and Eastern Michigan. Western Michigan is averaging 30.8 points per game and is giving up 28.6 points per game against, while also averaging 261.3 passing yards per game and 202.6 rushing yards per game. Kaleb Eleby has completed 63.8% of his passes for 3,115 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for the Broncos. Sean Tyler has rushed for 1,004 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Skyy Moore has caught 91 passes for 1,256 yards and 10 touchdowns this season for Western Michigan. 

The Nevada Wolf Pack are 8-4 this season and finished the season losing two of their last three games. Nevada was 5-3 in conference play and finished third in the in Mountain West “West” Division. Nevada started the season 5-1, but went 3-3 to end the season. Nevada has wins against California, Idaho State, Boise State, New Mexico State, Hawaii, UNLV, San Jose State, and Colorado State and losses against Kansas State, Fresno State, San Diego State, and Air Force. Nevada is averaging 36.7 points per game and is giving up 24.4 points per game against, while also averaging 365.8 passing yards per game and 73.8 rushing yards per game.  Nevada’s quarterback, Carson Strong, was one of the best quarterback’s in the nation this year, but has opted out of the bowl game. Cole Turner, starting tight end, has also opted out for the Wolf Pack. Nate Cox will be the starting quarterback for Nevada, completing 70% of his passes (14/20) for 158 yards and 1 touchdown. Toa Taua has rushed for 704 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Romeo Doubs has caught 80 passes for 1,109 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Wolf Pack. Nevada’s head coach left for another job, so they will also have to deal with an interim head coach for this game. 

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Western Michigan is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games. The over is 5-2 in Western Michigan’s last 7 games. Nevada is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 bowl games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The under is 4-1 in Nevada’s last 5 bowl games. 

Nevada is coming into this game with a backup quarterback that has hardly seen the field and an interim head coach, while Western Michigan comes in with a full roster and is playing the game in Detroit, which is only an hour or two away from the Western Michigan campus. Without Strong, I cannot back Nevada. I am going with the Broncos in this game. 

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David’s Pick Western Michigan -7

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