MAC Week 2 Overview: Western Won't Hang With Angry Michigan

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 1:49 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2018 1:49 PM UTC

Big Ten power Michigan is reeling from a Week 1 loss to Notre Dame and will welcome the Western Michigan Broncos to Ann Arbor this week. Let’s check out this and all the other action in the MAC.

Swinger’s 2018 MAC Record: 0-1

MAC Spotlight: Western Michigan (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) at Michigan (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)Saturday, Noon ET (FS1)Free NCAAF Pick: Michigan -27½Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Western Michigan will try to rebound after a 55-42 defeat to Syracuse last week but the sledding won’t get any easier. As a matter of fact, if the Broncos felt they had to scale a hill last week then they better be prepared for a mountain this week. The Michigan Wolverines would not be an easy out on any given week but when you catch them immediately after suffering an opening-week loss to Notre Dame, then look out!

Nevertheless, the Broncos will attempt to repeat what they did last week on offense when junior quarterback Jon Wassink tossed three touchdown passes and registered 379 passing yards with speedy junior D'Wayne Eskridge catching a pair of end-zone strikes and amassing 240 receiving yards. On the ground, Western Michigan was also effective against the Orange with yet another junior, LeVante Bellamy, doing the damage as he gained 120 rushing yards on only 11 carries and broke the plane of the endzone twice. It was a tremendous day for the offense but unfortunately, the Broncos’ defense was as porous as the offense was explosive and could not stop the punishing Syracuse ground attack.

The Week 1 college football odds board opened with Michigan favored by one point but by the time the game kicked the action was pouring in on Big Blue and the line spiked to Michigan -3. However, that just proved once again that public money doesn’t mean guaranteed money because the Fighting Irish broke out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back. The Wolverines closed the gap but ultimately, they fell 24-17 and will now unleash their ire on Western Michigan. Although Michigan could not get their ground game engaged against Notre Dame, QBs Shea Patterson and Dylan McCaffrey found eight different receivers for 249 total yards of passing but not one touchdown. That will all change Saturday so don’t be afraid to lay the lumber on Michigan in your college football picks.

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No more important game than the next. Saturday will be the seventh ever meeting between U-M and Western Michigan.

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— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) September 3, 2018
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Around the MAC (All Games Saturday)

Eastern Michigan at Purdue (-15), noon ET, on BTN: Eastern Michigan destroyed Monmouth last week 51-17 and is 6-0 ATS in their last six after gaining more than 280 passing yards in their previous game and 14-2 ATS over their 16 in which they gained over 450 total yards. Conversely, Purdue is 2-8 ATS over their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Kansas at Central Michigan (-6½), 3 p.m. ET, on ESPN+: The Chippewas forced four turnovers last week yet still fell 35-20 to Kentucky, while the Jayhawks were upset as 9½-point home favorites to Nicholls State. Last year Central Michigan locked up a 45-27 win over Kansas as 5½-point road dogs and is 6-1 ATS over their last seven overall and 4-1 ATS over their last five following an ATS win.

Buffalo at Temple (-4), 3:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN3: The Bulls trampled Delaware State last week and are 5-0 ATS in their last five games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game, while Temple is 1-5 ATS in their last six games versus MAC opponents.

Morgan State at Akron (TBD), 3:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN+: The Zips traveled all the way to Nebraska last week only to see their game canceled due to weather, while Morgan State was blown out 36-10 by Towson. As of this writing here is no line available but check out 5Dimes as game day approaches for their college extra lines on games like this.

Howard at Kent State (TBD), 3:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN+: The Golden Flashes dominated the first half against Illinois last week but fell in the fourth quarter 31-24. This week should be much easier as they take on Howard, trying to rebound off a 38-32 loss to another MAC opponent in Ohio.

Ball State at Notre Dame (-33½), 3:30 p.m. ET, on NBC: There is the possibility the Irish are due for a letdown after a huge win over Michigan. Notre Dame is 2-7 ATS in their last nine games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game and 1-4 ATS over their last five versus a team with a winning record. The Cardinals crushed Central Connecticut last week and are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games in September.

Maryland (-16) at Bowling Green, 6 p.m. ET, on ESPN+: Maryland stunned No. 23 Texas last week as 12-point underdogs, while Bowling Green was getting a beating in Oregon that resulted in a 58-24 loss. The Falcons are 1-10 ATS at home over their 11 contests.

Utah (-11) at Northern Illinois, 7:30 p.m. ET, on ESPNews: Utah barely covered the 30½-point spread with a 41-10 win over Weber State, while Northern Illinois got waxed 33-7 in Iowa last week as 10-point road dogs. The Huskies are trending poorly coming into this one as they are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-8 ATS over their last 10 when allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game, and are 1-4 ATS in their last five contests following a straight up loss of more than 20 points. Conversely, the Utes are 5-0 ATS in their last five September games and 8-1 ATS over their last nine after surrendering less than 20 points in their previous game.

Cincinnati at Miami of Ohio (-2½), 8 p.m. ET, on ESPN 3: The Bearcats have won the last two meetings between these teams but are 1-1 against the number vs. Miami. However, things may change as Cincinnati is 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a straight up win, while the RedHawks are 4-1 ATS in their last five vs. AAC opponents.

Bye weeks: Toledo and Ohio

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