Free Week 3 Prediction: Vandals vs Broncos Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(1-1) Idaho Vandals vs. Western Michigan Broncos (0-2)
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 7 pm EST
Venue: Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan
NCAA Football Spread: Western Michigan -20
NCAA Betting Total: 52
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The last time these two programs faced off was Sept. 13, 2014. The Broncos earned a 45-33 win that day to take a 3-1 all-time lead in this series.
Entering this one, both teams are looking to bounce back from double-digit losses. Idaho took a home loss last week, 44-16, at the hands of the UNLV Rebels, while the Broncos fell to Michigan State, 28-14.
Although this shouldn’t be surprising considering Idaho is making a move back down to FCS after this season, the Vandals have struggled big time to produce any sort of significant numbers.
Through their first two games, they’re just 80th in the country in passing (212 yards per game) and are 69th in rushing (158 rushing yards per game).
Idaho is tied for 100th in scoring offense as they put up 22 points a game while sitting tied for 68th in scoring defense as they allow 25 points per game.
Idaho is also sitting not so pretty in the 100th spot in scoring offense (22 points per contest) while also managing just 68th in points per game allowed (25 per contest).
In this one, if the Vandals hope to keep things close it will happen by protecting the football. Quarterback Matt Linehan is throwing at a 1:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio right now, which is a recipe for disaster at any level.
Western Michigan Broncos
So far this season, Western Michigan has lost its two games by an average point margin of 16 points. That is not good.
That said, it also requires context.
In those two games, the Broncos played a physical brand of football but were simply worn out by the end. In Week 1, they kept things close against No. 4 USC until the final minutes of the contest. In Week 2, they fought late but were ultimately doomed by a 14-0 first-half deficit.
Entering this contest, the Broncos need to keep one general mindset: Don’t let off the gas.
It can be demoralizing dropping two games against two tough teams to start the season, but as long as they play the same brand and don’t overlook their opponent, they’ll be just fine.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- IDHO are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Over is 13-6 in IDHO last 19 non-conference games.
- Over is 40-19-1 in IDHO last 60 road games.
- WMU are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in September.
- WMU are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
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Western Michigan has played solid football to start the season, but they’re still looking for an extra jolt of life to truly kick off the post-Fleck era.
If things go according to plan, they should get that jolt this weekend against the Vandals.
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Idaho has three fundamental troubles that are going to be their downfall in this one.
They can’t score.
They can’t stop other teams from scoring.
They can’t keep control of the ball.
The Broncos are going to take full advantage of all three areas and walk away with their first win of the 2016-17 season—and a big one at that.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Western Michigan Broncos 45 – Idaho Vandals 21
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