The Toledo Rockets and the Western Michigan Broncos will be meeting for an ultimate showdown this Wednesday at the Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, at 8:00 PM EST. The Toledo Rockets and the Western Michigan Broncos have both had a great first game of the season, as both teams have emerged victorious with wide margins.
According to the sportsbook, FanDuel, the Western Michigan Broncos are favorites to win the game with money line odds of -142 and a spread of -2.5, while the Toledo Rockets sit at money line odds of +116 with a spread of +2.5, with an over/under total of 59.5 odds pegged at -110.
Western Michigan Looks to Make a Statement
The Western Michigan Broncos were victorious in their last match against the Akron Zips with a whopping 58-13 final score. The match was pretty much won by the end of the third quarter, with the Western Michigan Broncos leading by a score of 51-13.
The redshirt sophomore quarterback Kaleb Eleby was exceptional in what was his first game action since 2018, throwing for 262 yards, securing 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Led by La’Darius Jefferson who had 9 carries for 70 yards and a score, four different Broncos players scored rushing touchdowns. Dwayne Eskridge rounded up with three catches for 114 yards and two scores to aid the team’s victory.
Western Michigan came into the game with lots of uncertainties as they had lost their MAC Offensive Player of the Year, LeVante Bellamy, who was ranked 10th in rushing yards last season and tied with FBS-lead in rushing touchdowns. The Broncos replaced former starting quarterback Jon Wassink, to bring back one of the best defenses in the conference, with leading tackler Treshaun Hayward, who won the MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2019.
The Broncos forced two turnovers, including an interception return for a touchdown made by A.J Thomas.
The Western Michigan Broncos currently holds a record of 58.0 points per game, a total of 484 yards per game, 266 passing yards per game, and 218 rushing yards per game.
In defense, the Broncos have allowed a total of 126 passing yards per game and 130 rushing yards. The total of yards allowed amount to 156 yards per game, with just one touchdown allowed. The Western Michigan Broncos are ranked 14th in offense in the NCAA table and 5th in defense in the NCAA defense table.
The Rockets with an Impregnable Defense
The Toledo Rockets took to the pitch last week to avenge the embarrassing loss they had sustained to Bowling Green in 2019. Quarterback Eli Peters made 20 passes for 214 yards, with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Rockets put up a great display rumbling for 310 yards on the ground and racking up 524 yards of total offense. The defense had three turnovers and allowed the Falcons only 267 yards of total offense.
The game will see the return of senior running backs, Bryant Koback and Shakif Seymour to the attack. Koback, one of the best offensive players in the MAC as a junior, racked 1,187 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in 2019, with Seymour coming into this game with 23 career scores.
The Toledo Rockets have a total of 38.0 points per game, with 524 yards per game, 214 passing yards per game, and 310 rushing yards per game.
The Toledo Rockets are ranked 7th in defense and the same in offense on the NCAA tables.
The Toledo Rockets will be looking to improve after a 6-6 season with quite a number of injuries last year. The Toledo Rockets were once the favorites to win the MAC West Division, but things took a different turn, starting with a loss to the Bowling Green Falcons and ending with a final 3 games consecutive loss with a 6-6 overall record. However, the team is looking strong this year, with high hopes to achieve a lot this season and they are off a good start.
And the Winner is?
This game might come down to who can move the ball through the air. Western Michigan Broncos has a firm defensive line and an offense with the potential to make big plays on the outside.
Prediction: Western Michigan Broncos (-142) at FanDuel