MAC Showdown Odds: Western Michigan Broncos vs. Bowling Green Falcons

Bowling Green is 3-point favorites in its contest this week against Western Michigan.
Bowling Green is 3-point favorites in its contest this week against Western Michigan.

MAC: W Mich-Bowling Green
Time: 2 PM ET
Spread: BG -3

Betting odds courtesy of Bovada

Western Michigan is 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in MAC Conference Games. It will take on Bowling Green this week. Bowling Green is 5-2 on the season with a perfect 3-0 record in the MAC.

Despite the Broncos having won its last three contests, it will enter the game as 3-point underdogs in NCAA football odds.

Bowling Green has a very strong pass offense, bolstered by a run game that isn’t too shabby either (64th in NCAA). The Green Falcons average 310.9 yards per game in the air, good for 18th in college football.

Green Falcons’ QB James Knapke has been fairly impressive this season. He’s thrown for 1,819 yards on 59.1 percent completions, good for a 122.2 QB rating. He’s thrown eight INTs this year, but still has thrown 10 TD passes. Knapke is also a good dual-threat QB, having rushed for 110 yards and two TDs on the season.

RB Travis Greene has been the primary ball carrier, with about twice as many rushes as the No. 2 back Fred Coppet. Greene has amassed 590 yards on 112 carries and scored eight TDs. Coppet has five TDs on the year and a 5.4 yard per carry average.

At WR, the Green Falcons have three guys with 400 yards or more, and the trio has combined for 10 reception TDs. Roger Lewis leads the way with 695 yards and a 13.6 yard per reception havearge, and Ronnie Moore leads the team in reception TDs with four.

Western Michigan has a strong balanced offense, ranking in the top-50 in both passing and rushing yardage. Its helped the Broncos average 33.7 points per game, but its defense has been mediocre at best, allowing 30.5 points per game. The Broncos have dropped two of its past three contests, including a heart breaker to Tulane on Oct. 4. The Broncos defeated Ball State last week in a high scoring contest, 42-38.

QB Zach Terrell has thrown for 1,584 yards with a very impressive 66.1 percent completion ratio. He’s done well keeping his interceptions down, with 10 TDs to just 4 INTs, and an awesome QB rating of 152.5.

In the backfield, it’s been the work of Jarvion Franklin that has propelled the Green Wave on the ground. He’s rushed for 843 yards with a six yard per carry average, and rushed for a 61-yard TD this season. He has an outstanding 15 rushing TDs on the season, while outside of Franklin the Broncos have scored just two TDs, one of which was from Terrell, who has rushed for 52 yards on the season (though it has been just 1.9 yards per carry). WRs Daniel Braverman and Corey Davis have both caught for over 500 yards, and each has four TDs on the season.

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