Western Michigan Broncos vs Buffalo Bulls Prediction, 10/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Buffalo Bulls
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Location: UB Stadium in Amherst, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Bulls (+6.5)
The Buffalo Bulls (2-2) host the Western Michigan Broncos (3-1) at UB Stadium on Saturday. Western Michigan opens this contest as 6.5-point favorites. The total comes in at 58.5.
The Western Michigan Broncos head into this matchup 3-1 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Broncos faced the San Jose State Spartans and took home the win by a score of 23-3. Sean Tyler was the leader on the ground for the Broncos with 12 carries for 65 yards (5.4 yds per attempt). Kaleb Eleby connected on 17/28 with 200 yds passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a QB rate of 144.3 and walked away from the game with no picks. Against the run, the Broncos conceded 60 yds on 30 attempts, which is an average of 2.0 yards per run allowed. Western Michigan gave up 9 pass completions on 26 tries for 59 yards, and a completion rate of 34.6%. Once the final whistle blew, they ran 71 plays which gave them a total of 347 yds. The Western Michigan Broncos ran the football 43 times and accrued 147 yards, which earned them an average of 3.4 yards per carry.
When talking about putting the ball in the endzone, the Western Michigan Broncos are averaging 27.3 points per game. Offensively they average 164.8 yards via the ground game ranking them 64th in Division 1. The Broncos have racked up 1,581 total yards over the course of this year. When it comes to scoring, Western Michigan has amassed 7 passing touchdowns and 8 rushing touchdowns. Western Michigan has accounted for 88 first downs, and they have been called for 28 infractions for 287 yds. They have given the ball to the opposition 2 times.
Regarding yards via the pass, the Broncos have given up 719 yds which puts them in 50th in the country. They have surrendered 179.8 yards per game through the air in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 57.5%. Overall, they have given up 304.3 yards/game which ranks them 45th in the country. They have granted 9 touchdowns through the air as well as 3 touchdowns via the ground game. They are allowing an average of 4.0 yards per running attempt and 124.5 yards on the ground per game for the year. During the season, they have conceded 498 yards via the ground game in 4 games. The Broncos sit in 76th in D-1 when it comes to team defense, allowing 22.8 PPG.
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The Bulls come into this matchup with a record of 2-2 for this season. The last time they took the gridiron, the Bulls took home the win by a final score of 35-34 when they played the Old Dominion Monarchs. Kyle Vantrease (1 touchdown) ended the contest with 191 yards on 17/26 passing while his QB rate was 139.8. He didn't throw any picks and his average yards per attempt was 7.3. Dylan McDuffie carried the rock 16 times for 59 yards, finishing the contest with 3.7 yds per attempt for Buffalo. The Bulls finished the game with a total of 297 yards while they ran 64 plays (4.6 yards per play). Buffalo rushed the football for 2.8 yards per carry, finishing with 106 yards on 38 attempts. Buffalo surrendered 45 running attempts for 209 yds (4.6 yards per rush). The Bulls pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 58.5%, relinquishing 224 yards on 24 for 41 passing.
The Buffalo Bulls maintain an average of 408.3 yards/outing, which has them ranked 63rd in D-1. The Buffalo offense has 266 penalty yards on 28 violations, which has them sitting 38th in college football in terms of giving up free yards. For the season thus far, the Bulls have thrown for a total of 818 passing yards together with holding an average of 204.5 throwing yards per contest, putting them at 90th in the nation. Regarding their scoring prowess, the Bulls currently rank 49th in the nation by tallying 33.0 PPG.
Buffalo has allowed a total of 659 rushing yards (164.8 yards per contest) and 8 touchdowns on the ground so far this year. They have given up 6 touchdowns through the air in addition to 207.8 yards/outing, which puts them in 64th in the country. The Bulls defense has been on the field for 258 plays, which is good for 56th in Division 1. The Bulls are surrendering 24.3 points per game, which has them sitting 86th in Division 1. Overall, they have allowed 97 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Broncos/Bulls college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Broncos -6.5
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