Western Michigan Broncos vs Ohio Bobcats Prediction, 10/21/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Ohio Bobcats
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
Location: Peden Stadium in Athens, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Bobcats (-17)
Peden Stadium is the location where the Ohio Bobcats (5-2) will try to beat the Western Michigan Broncos (2-5) on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Western Michigan opens this game as 17-point underdogs. The total comes in at 52.
The Western Michigan Broncos come into this matchup with a record of 2-5 for this year. In their last matchup, the Broncos faced the Miami RedHawks and took a loss by a score of 34-21. Jalen Buckley was the leader on the ground for the Broncos with 14 carries for 61 yards (4.4 yards per carry). Hayden Wolff connected on 13/20 with 99 yds through the air. He had a QB rating of 106.6 and finished the game without throwing a pick. In the running game, the Broncos conceded 92 yds on 31 tries, which is 3.0 yards per run allowed. Western Michigan allowed 20 pass completions on 35 tries for a total of 223 yards, and a completion rate of 57.1%. In the game, they tallied 72 plays for 303 yards. The Western Michigan Broncos ended up rushing 42 times and amassed 167 yds, which is an average of 4.0 yds per carry.
Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the Western Michigan Broncos have an average of 24.9 PPG. As a team they average 172.1 yards via the ground game which is 50th in college football. The Broncos currently have 2,642 total yards for the season. In terms of scoring touchdowns, Western Michigan has earned 8 passing touchdowns and 14 rushing touchdowns. Western Michigan has accumulated 141 1st downs offensively, and they have been called for 48 infractions for 441 yds. They have turned the football over 8 different times.
The Broncos rank 129th in Division 1 in terms of team defense, allowing 36.3 PPG. The opposition is running for 4.5 yards per run and 151.6 yards on the ground per contest on the year. In total, they have conceded 1,061 yards on the ground through 7 games. When talking about yards through the air, the Broncos have conceded 1,719 yards which puts them in 110th in D-1. They have allowed 245.6 yards per outing via the pass as well as giving up a completion percentage of 62.2%. For the season, they are giving up 397.1 yards/game putting them at 97th in college football. They have allowed 16 touchdowns by air as well as 15 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Bobcats step onto the field holding a record of 5-2 this year. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Bobcats took a loss by a final score of 23-13 when they played the NIU Huskies. Kurtis Rourke ended the contest with 159 yds on 22/36 passing while his QB rating was 81.5. He had 3 picks and his average yards per attempt was 4.4. O'Shaan Allison carried the ball 11 times for 43 yards, finishing the contest with 3.9 yards per carry for Ohio. Ohio rushed the ball for 3.7 yds per attempt, finishing with a total of 95 yds on 26 carries. The Bobcats ended up finishing with 254 yards while running 62 plays (4.1 yards per play). The Bobcats pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 65.2%, surrendering 172 yds on 15 out of 23 passing. Ohio gave up 34 attempts on the ground for 130 yards (3.8 yds per rush).
The Ohio Bobcats maintain an average of 334.6 yards/game, which ranks them 108th in the nation. The Ohio offense has totaled 315 yds of penalties on 33 violations, ranking them 95th in D-1 in terms of making mistakes. They maintain an average of 137.3 yards per game via the rush and have toted the ball for 961 yards for the season. They have thrown 9 picks while losing 3 fumbles and they have recorded 143 1st downs. When looking at putting points on the board, the Bobcats are ranking 103rd in college football by scoring 22.9 points per outing. For the season thus far, the Bobcats have a total of 1,381 yards via the pass along with an average of 197.3 passing yards per game, giving them a rank of 102nd in Division 1.
The Bobcats are surrendering 13.4 PPG, ranking them 6th in D-1. Ohio has conceded a total of 572 yards on the ground (81.7 yards per contest) and 2 touchdowns on the ground so far this year. This year, they have surrendered 94 points. They have allowed 7 touchdowns through the air as well as 163.4 yards per game, which has them ranked 7th in the country. The Bobcats defense has been on the field for 386 plays, which has them sitting 26th in Division 1. They have compiled 3 fumbles and 9 picks on the year.
Who will win tonight's Broncos/Bobcats college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Broncos +17
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