Free Week 8 Prediction: Eagles vs Broncos Odds
Looking for Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Western Michigan Broncos free picks? Week 8 College football betting sees the Eagles taking on the Broncos Saturday October 22nd at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-2) vs. Western Michigan Broncos (7-0)
Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI
NCAA Football Spread: Western Michigan -24.0
NCAA Betting Total: 59.0
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This MAC conference matchup features two teams from Michigan that have exceeded expectations despite having much different expectations coming into the season.
Western Michigan was expected to be good this season – but not this good, having risen to number 20 in the top 25 with a 7-0 record.
Eastern Michigan on the other hand won 1 game last season and is sitting at 5-2 with a handful of conference games left on their schedule so they likely have their minds on a bowl bid.
Eastern Michigan Eagles
The Eagles have won the close games this season which is a big reason for the separation from last season’s performance.
Losing a bunch of close games can be more deflating than getting blown out and can definitely wear a team out over a stretch of the season.
However, the Eagles have found ways to win close games this season – winning three of their last four games by a total of 14 points.
They won on the road in conference last week at Ohio and now will face a much tougher test in the 20th ranked Broncos.
The return of quarterback Brogan Roback has been a key to their success of late and Roback led the way last week with a big game against Ohio – 347 passing yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions.
Roback protecting the football will be crucial as heavy underdogs against the Broncos. Running the football will be equally as important though.
The Broncos have a very high powered offense that can wear you down over the course of the game. So, the Eagles will be focusing on controlling the tempo of the game, keeping their defense rested, and keeping the ball away from Zach Terrell.
If the Eagles struggle to move the ball, their defense will suffer mightily. The Broncos are averaging 44 points per game and have a very strong rushing attack.
Western Michigan Broncos
A bowl bid for the Broncos is locked up at this point but they certainly have their mind on bigger things now.
The Broncos are undefeated and ranked 20th in the nation leaving the opportunity to get a BCS bowl bid on the table. Also in play will likely be a shot at the MAC Championship if the Broncos continue playing this well.
But the key for the Broncos week after week will be not thinking about those things. They have to continue to focus on dominating one opponent at a time.
Dominate they have – the Broncos have won their last 6 games by 14 or more points.
Leading the way has been quarterback Zack Terrell. Terrell has been unbelievable this season – owning a 17 to 0 touchdown to interception ratio.
He has completed 70 percent of his passes for 1600 yards. Equally as dominant though has been the Broncos running game.
The team has rushed for 1859 yards in 7 games led by Jarvion Franklin who has 795 rushing yards.
They have 21 total rushing touchdowns with 6 different players regarding at least one including 6 for Franklin and 5 for Terrell.
This type of offense can beat you in so many ways and their team average of 5.4 yards per carry will wear down an opposing defense.
They shouldn’t have a problem against this Eagles defense that they scored 58 points on last season while accumulating 595 total yards.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
• Broncos are 24-8 ATS in their last 32 games overall.
• Broncos are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games in October.
• Broncos are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 conference games.
• Broncos are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Prediction
The Broncos are rolling right now and the Eagles are outperforming their level of talent. I do think the Eagles will end up winning another to get a bowl bid but I am not sure they can hang with the ranked Broncos.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Western Michigan -24.0
The dynamic nature of the Broncos offense is very troubling to gameplan for and that has showed for all of their opponents this season.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Western Michigan 51 – Eastern Michigan 21
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