Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
Western Michigan has been a consistent force in the MAC this season going an impressive 12-0 overall and 8-0 in conference. The Broncos closed the regular season out in impressive fashion getting by the second best team in the conference Toledo by a final of 55-35 with the division title on the line. Western Michigan will be hurt by their strength of schedule, but with a win here against Ohio it would be hard to keep this squad out of the Cotton Bowl. In their last outing against the Rockets QB Zach Terrell managed things well completing 19/25 passes for 196 yards and 3 TDs to 0 INTs, while the ground game added 249 yards and 3 TDs on 48 carries.
The Ohio Bobcats haven’t been quite as consistent as they were hoping coming into the season and that’s made this group have a good season in what could have been a great season. With a couple scores here and there in close losses against Texas State, Eastern Michigan, and Central Michigan and this could be an Ohio squad standing 11-1 overall coming into this matchup. It wasn’t meant to be however for this group as the Bobcats stand 8-4 overall and 6-2 in conference heading into this matchup. In their last outing Ohio had to lean on their defense as the Bobcats went on to beat Akron by a final of 9-3. In the winning effort QB Quinton Maxwell went on to complete 14/25 passes for 169 yards, while the ground game added 130 yards on 36 carries.
Western Michigan has been consistently dominant in MAC play this season and it would be a surprise to see that change this week in the title game. The MAC East has proven to be the inferior division this season in the MAC and this is a mismatch in the title game as a result. We like for the Broncos to come through as they go on to win big and cover the spread.
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