Free Week 3 Prediction: Broncos vs Fighting Illini Odds
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(2-0) Western Michigan Broncos vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: Western Michigan -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: 56
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Western Michigan is supposed to be the class of the MAC this season.
One way they can prove it is by beating a Big Ten team, or make that two (they already took down Northwestern).
It is always big brother, little brother with these two leagues but you can see what everyone thinks of Western Michigan and Illinois by the fact that the Broncos are favoured.
Illinois surprised many by making Lovie Smith their coach.
He is definitely an NFL guy and unfortunately there is not a good track record of those guys succeeding at the college level.
This is their last nonconference game and even though WMU is good there is a chance they might be taken lightly by the Illini.
They really shouldn’t.
Western Michigan Broncos
WMU will be looking to go two for two against the B10 this season on Saturday.
In the win against Northwestern they offense was held in check as they won by just a point but they should have more success this week against Illinois.
Zach Terrell may not be a household name but he is one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the country and he has weapons. Corey Davis is a future NFL draft pick at receiver.
Against Northwestern WMU did a pretty good job on defense.
They let RB Justin Jackson make some good gains but he just might be the best back in the B10.
As long as they keep things in front of them and make the tackles they are supposed to they can win the game.
If their defense isn’t up to the task the offense can carry them.
Illinois Fighting Illini
The Illini got the easy win in week one against Murray State but had trouble slowing down North Carolina last week. QB Wes Lunt might have the best arm in the B10 but he does not get to show it off a ton because Illinois is just not that great an offensive team, especially having lost WR Mike Dudek for the second straight season.
Kendrick Foster has been a nice surprise ripping off more than 10ypc in the backup RB role. He could give WMU problems.
Last week’s game against UNC would have been a lot tighter if the Illini had not been flagged for 13 penalties.
UNC has one of the more explosive offenses in the country and they were able to keep them doing so, save an Elijah Hood 62 yard run.
The uniforms will look different this week but WMU is no less dangerous.
They are balanced and know how to attack.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 7-0-1 in Broncos last 8 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Under is 5-0 in Broncos last 5 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Under is 4-0 in Broncos last 4 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
- Fighting Illini are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Under is 4-0 in Fighting Illini last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Under is 7-1 in Fighting Illini last 8 home games.
Free Week 3 NCAA Football Prediction
There is every reason for WMU to be the favourite in this one. Not only are they the better team but in winning by just a point at Northwestern they showed they can gut out games as well.
This is a good matchup for them.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Western Michigan -3.5
Terrell is a consistent mature quarterback that is going to lead his team to victory.
Davis will be a mismatch and they can sprinkle in their other skill players to maximum effect.
Lunt has the arm to make plays but consistency is a challenge. Look for Illinois to have trouble sustaining drives and getting WMU off the field.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Western Michigan 33 – Illinois 16
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