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Week 9 odds - Broncos vs. Minutemen

Western Michigan BroncosMassachusetts Minutemen
0-8October 26, 2013, 03:00 | Gillette Stadium1-6

The Minutemen will do battle with the visiting Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.

They bring a 1-6 record (4-3 ATS) to the Week 9 battle against the 0-8 Broncos, who are 2-6 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen Massachusetts go 0-7 so far and the Broncos go 2-6.

View Western Michigan Broncos vs Massachusetts Minutemen Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Minutemen as -2-point favorites in the matchup, while the betting total had not been set at press time (check the college football odds link for the latest on the over under)..

The game pits the Minutemen, currently No. 118 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Broncos, who rate No. 114 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 1--2 victory for the Minutemen.

Last time out for Western Michigan, they were a 38-17 loser as they battled Ball State at home. Western Michigan failed to cover in the match as a 19-point underdog, while 55 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Massachusetts's No. 125-ranked offense (7.86 PPG) against a Broncos defense that ranks No. 114 at 37.5 PPG. The Minutemen passing attack has averaged 165 yards per game, less than the Broncos give up through the air (183.5 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Broncos own the league's No. 114-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 282.75 yards per game when on the road. Massachusetts, on the other hand, rates No. 112 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Broncos at Minutemen trends to consider:
Western Michigan is 1-14-1 SU in its last 16 games
Western Michigan is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Western Michigan is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Massachusetts is 2-13-1 SU in its last 16 games
Massachusetts is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Massachusetts is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Massachusetts's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan, Saturday, November 9th
Massachusetts at Northern Illinois, Saturday, November 2nd