The Western Michigan University Broncos (3-7, 2-4 MAC) travel to face the Central Michigan University Chippewas (4-6, 3-3 MAC) at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Wednesday. The Chippewas are 10-point favorites, and the total is 49.5.
Western Michigan is coming off a tight 24-21 loss against Northern Illinois at Waldo Stadium last Wednesday. Treyson Bourguet threw for 185 yards and a touchdown.
Sean Tyler ran 18 times for 97 yards and a touchdown. Corey Crooms caught seven passes for 105 yards. Central Michigan beat Buffalo 31-27 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium last Wednesday. Daniel Richardson was 7 of 14 for 117 yards. Bert Emanuel Jr. carried 24 times for 293 yards and three touchdowns. Cade Conley had three receptions for 61 yards.
The Chippewas won the only meeting between the teams last season, a 42-30 victory in November. Lew Nichols III had two touchdowns for Central Michigan. Sean Tyler had two touchdowns for Western Michigan.
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The Broncos are averaging 19.6 points per game for the season, 116th in FBS, and they are facing a Chippewas defense that has surrendered 28.8 PPG (87th).
Meanwhile, Central Michigan has scored 26.8 points a game this season, 78th in the country, and Western Michigan is allowing 26.5 PPG (72nd). The Broncos rank as one of the country’s worst teams in passing yards per game (183.2, 116th), while they are 100th in rushing yards (124.6).
The Chippewas are 77th in passing yards allowed per game (232.7) and 53rd against the run (138.3).Central Michigan is 65th in the nation in passing yards per game (233.5) and 59th in rushing (160.5), while the Broncos are allowing 221.6 passing yards (61st) and 142.5 rushing yards per game (60th).
Through six games, Jack Salopek has thrown for seven touchdowns (10 INT) and 205.2 yards per game to lead Western Michigan in passing. In two away games this season, he has one TD (1 INT) and an average of 211.5 yards passing.
Sean Tyler leads the team in rushing with an average of 71.9 yards a game over 10 games. He has five touchdowns on the ground. Corey Crooms is the Broncos’ leading receiver with 72.5 yards a game and five TDs.
Daniel Richardson has 15 passing touchdowns (5 INT) with 198.8 yards per game through 10 games to lead Central Michigan. In five home games this season, he has thrown for four TDs (1 INT) and an average of 157.8 yards.
Lew Nichols III has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 80.1 yards a game through seven games. He has six touchdowns. Carlos Carriere has been a key target in the Chippewas’ aerial attack. He has two touchdowns and a 56.6 yard per game average through nine appearances.
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Over 49.5 (-110)
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