MAC Championship Prediction

MAC Championship Prediction: Western Michigan vs. Ohio 12/2/16

Can No. 17 Western Michigan find a way to get past Ohio in the MAC Championship tonight at 7PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Western Michigan is the clear favorite in this game, as the Broncos are getting odds of -17 points against the Bobcats. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 59.5 points. Western Michigan has won and covered in three straight over Ohio. These two meet up tonight at 7PM ET from Ford Field in Detroit, MI.

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Western Michigan is a perfect 12-0 on the season following a 55-35 win over Toledo last week. The Broncos are 9-3 against the spread. The Broncos are looking to win their first MAC title since 1988 and possible earn a New Year’s 6 bowl game. Western is a very talented offense, averaging 44.8 points and 503.6 yards per game. Zach Terrell has thrown for 3,086 yards and 30 touchdowns this season with just one interception. He also has run for 222 yards and six scores. Corey Davis is a leading receiver with 83 catches for 1,283 yards and 17 touchdowns. Jarvion Franklin is the leading rusher and he has run for 1,266 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Western Michigan is pretty solid as well, allowing just 19.2 points and 361.5 yards per game. They are really tough against the pass, allowing only 200.8 yards per game.

Ohio comes into this game a little under the radar. The Bobcats won the MAC East with an 8-4 overall record and 6-2 MAC record. Ohio is 6-6 against the spread this season, but the Bobcats have failed to cover in their last two contests. Ohio is led by its defense, which is allowing just 21.7 points and 359.8 yards per game. They are very tough against the run, allowing only 105.1 yards per game. The offense is averaging 26.8 points and 404.4 yards per game, led by its rushing attack. The Bobcats average 186.3 yards per game. Dorian Brown is the leading rusher with 794 yards and four touchdowns. Freshman Quinton Maxwell has taken over QB duties late in the season. He has thrown for 1,252 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions.

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Western Michigan has a lot at stake in this game. It is possible that the Broncos could struggle under that pressure, but they had an impressive showing against Toledo last week and should be able to handle this Ohio team that struggles to move the ball on offense. This game should also be like a home game for the Broncos, playing at Ford Field. Expect another solid showing from Western.

 

MAC CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTION: WESTERN MICHIGAN -17

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