Central Michigan vs Western Michigan Prediction - College Football Picks 11/7/23

Western Michigan Broncos (3-6) vs Central Michigan Chippewas (5-4)

Game Info: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Waldo Stadium)

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The Central Michigan Chippewas will play the Western Michigan Broncos in a MAC game on Tuesday night at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Central Michigan has alternated wins and losses in their last five games, while Western Michigan has lost three of their last four games.

Central Michigan Preview

The Central Michigan Chippewas are 5-4 (3-2) this season after they defeated NIU by a score of 37-31 last week. CMU led 24-3 at the half and was able to barely hang on for the win in the second half. The Chippewas were out gained by a total of 506-447 and forced three turnovers in the game. Central Michigan is tied for second in the MAC West standings, but they are two games behind Toledo. The CMU offense is scoring 23.3 points per game with 180.3 passing yards per game and 159.4 rushing yards per game, while going 34.4% on third downs. Jase Bauer has thrown for 1,337 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions for the Chippewas this season. Marion Lukes has rushed for 462 yards and three touchdowns, while Jesse Prewitt III has caught 29 passes for 428 yards and four scores. The Central Michigan defense is allowing 29.9 points against per game this year.

Western Michigan Preview

The Western Michigan Broncos are 3-6 (2-3) this year after they defeated Eastern Michigan by a score of 45-21 in their last game. Western Michigan led 21-7 at halftime and they scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to pull away. The Broncos out gained EMU by a total of 421-317 and forced four turnovers in the game. Western Michigan had lost three games in a row against Ohio, Miami (OH), and Mississippi State prior to that win. The WMU offense is averaging 26.2 points per game with 210.7 passing yards per game and 170.7 rushing yards per game, while going 35.8% on third downs. Hayden Wolff has thrown for 867 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions for the Broncos this season. Jalen Buckley has rushed for 775 yards and seven scores, while Kenneth Womack has caught 54 passes for 488 yards and one touchdown. The Western Michigan defense is giving up 32.8 points against per game this season.

Western Michigan Broncos Team Facts

  • The road team has won six of the last seven games between Central Michigan and Western Michigan.
  • Western Michigan has failed to cover the spread in each of its last four November games as a home favorite against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • Western Michigan has won the first half in three of its last four games against conference opponents at Waldo Stadium.
  • Five of Western Michigan's last six games against non-AP-ranked teams have gone OVER the total points line.

Central Michigan Chippewas Team Facts

  • Central Michigan has won five of its last six November games as an underdog.
  • The underdog has covered the spread in 10 of Central Michigan's last 11 games.
  • Central Michigan has lost the first half in three of its last four games against conference opponents at Waldo Stadium.
  • Each of Central Michigan's last seven November games as an underdog have gone OVER the total points line.

Pick

This is always an interesting rivalry game to watch and the fact that it is in the middle of the week on MACtion makes it that much more interesting. Central Michigan got a big win over NIU last week and they have played pretty well so far this season. Western Michigan did snap their three game losing streak last week, but they only have three wins on the year. Central Michigan’s offense has had some issues this season, but they looked very good last week and will take on a Western Michigan defense that is allowing over 32 points per game. Western Michigan has dominated this rivalry over the last 12 meetings and I am going to take them at home.  

David’s Pick Western Michigan -3

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