Western Michigan Broncos vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 9/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Wolverines (-17.5)
The Western Michigan Broncos (4-2 last year) are traveling to Michigan Stadium on Saturday where they will attempt to beat the Michigan Wolverines (2-4 last season). Michigan opens this game as 17.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 66.5.
The Western Michigan Broncos finished the season having a 4-2 record. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Broncos faced off with the Ball State Cardinals and took a loss by a final of 30-27. Kaleb Eleby finished 24/37 with 273 yards passing and 2 TDs. He had a quarterback rate of 139.3 and finished the game with 1 interception. La'darius Jefferson was the rushing leader for the Broncos with 25 attempts for 159 yds (6.4 yards per attempt). The Western Michigan Broncos ran the ball a total of 51 different times and totaled 218 yards, which came out to an average of 4.3 yards per tote. On the day, they tallied 89 plays for 491 yards. Western Michigan gave up 22 completions on 33 tries for a total of 249 yds, and a completion percentage of 66.7%. In the running game, the Broncos gave up 103 yards on 33 attempts, which is 3.1 yds per run allowed.
Concerning putting points on the board, the Western Michigan Broncos averaged 41.7 PPG. As a team they averaged 195.8 yards in the run game, which ranked them 35th in college football. The Broncos tallied 2,878 yards in total last season. Western Michigan compiled 18 touchdowns through the air and 14 touchdowns via the ground. Western Michigan accrued 142 1st downs as an offense, and they were called for 47 penalties for 396 yds. They turned the ball over 6 times.
In terms of yards through the air, the Broncos conceded 1,454 yds which put them in 40th in college football. During their 6 games played, they allowed 242.3 yards per game via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 63.9%. They gave up 399.7 yards per game ranking them 72nd in D-1. They conceded 12 touchdowns through the air and 13 rushing touchdowns. They allowed teams to run for an average of 4.1 yards per running attempt and 157.3 rushing yards per game last year. In total, they allowed 944 running yards through 6 games. The Broncos were ranked 107th in college football in terms of team defense, allowing 34.2 PPG.
Get all of our College Football Picks
The Wolverines wrapped up their year holding a 2-4 record. In their last game, the Wolverines took a loss by a score of 27-17 when they played the Penn State Nittany Lions. Cade McNamara ended the game with 91 yds on 12/25 passing while his quarterback rating was 78.6. He didn't throw any picks and his average yards per attempt was 3.6. Hassan Haskins ran the football 17 times for 101 yds, ending the game with 5.9 yds per attempt for Michigan. The Wolverines finished the game with 286 yds and they ran 55 plays (5.2 yards per play). Michigan ran the ball for 6.4 yards per tote, finishing with a total of 174 yds on 27 attempts. Michigan allowed 50 attempts on the ground for 254 yards (5.1 yards per rush). The Wolverines pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 58.6%, relinquishing 163 yards on 17 out of 29 through the air.
The Michigan Wolverines averaged 381.3 yards/outing which had them sitting 78th in the nation. They tossed 4 picks while surrendering 2 fumbles and they obtained 116 1st downs. They averaged 131.0 yards per game on the ground and ran for 786 yards overall. The Michigan offense had 345 penalty yds on 35 violations, which had them sitting 106th in the nation in terms of giving up free yards. Last year, the Wolverines compiled 1,502 yards via the pass as well as averaging 250.3 passing yards per outing, which was ranked 44th in college football. Regarding putting points on the board, the Wolverines ranked 67th in Division 1 with a maintained average of 28.3 points per contest.
Michigan allowed a total of 1,073 yards rushing (178.8 yards per game) as well as 14 touchdowns via the rush throughout last year. Their defense had 1 fumbles recovered and 2 interceptions over the course of the prior season. They surrendered 12 touchdowns through the air and 255.5 yards/game, which had them ranked 111th in the country. The Wolverines defense was on the field for 466 plays, which ranked them 49th in the nation. Over the course of the season, they surrendered 207 total points. The Wolverines surrendered 34.5 points per game, which had them ranked 108th in college football.
Who will win tonight's Broncos/Wolverines college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Broncos +17.5
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Get all of this Weeks Free College Football Picks
Get all of this Weeks Expert College Football Picks