Minutemen face Broncos in Week 6 odds
Massachusetts Minutemen vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds
Waldo Stadium features a battle between the host Western Michigan Broncos and the visiting Massachusetts Minutemen in betting action Saturday.
The Broncos are 2-3 so far on the season, and 2-3 ATS vs. the number. The Minutemen, meanwhile, are 0-5 and 2-3 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Western Michigan go 1-3 and the Minutemen go 3-2 on the totals.
Betting Line: The visitors opened as 15.5-point underdogs in this one at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as of press time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The Broncos sit at No. 101 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Minutemen are at No. 121 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Broncos will win this game 26--1.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Michigan's No. 75-ranked offense, averaging 25.8 PPG, against a Minutemen defense that ranks No. 120 this week at 41.8 PPG. The Broncos aerial game is averaging 272.2 yards per game, more than the Minutemen secondary allows through the air, 242.4 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Minutemen own the league's No. 87-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 219 yards per game when on the road. Western Michigan, on the other hand, rates No. 81 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Last time out for Massachusetts, they were a 37-34 loser as they battled Ohio at home. Massachusetts covered in the match as a 23.5-point underdog, while 71 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Mike Wegzyn's 373-yard performance through the air wasn't enough last time out, as Ohio earned a 37-34 win over Massachusetts on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
Western Michigan lost its last outing, a 37-17 result against Toledo on September 29. Western Michigan failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 54 combined points took the game UNDER the total. In their last game, Western Michigan got a 102-yard performance from Dareyon Chance, but Toledo prevailed 37-17.
Massachusetts Minutemen Trends:
When playing in October are 2-2
When playing on turf are 0-10
After outgaining opponent are 5-2
When playing within the conference are 7-3
Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on turf are 5-5
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 6-4
A few Minutemen at Broncos trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Massachusetts's last 6 games
Massachusetts is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Massachusetts is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Massachusetts is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Western Michigan is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Western Michigan is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Western Michigan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Massachusetts home to Bowling Green, Saturday, October 20
Western Michigan at Ball State, Saturday, October 13