WMU at Kent State Betting Spread, Free Pick & TV Info

Posted by Michael Hunt on Tuesday,November 8, 2016 8:55, EST in

We have us some more MACtion midweek college football betting this Tuesday as the conference’s best team, No. 17 Western Michigan, looks to stay among the few unbeatens left nationally and atop the MAC West Division as it visits Kent State with the Broncos as big favorites in the college football odds.

WMU at Kent State Betting Spread, Free Pick & TV Info

When: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Dix Stadium, Kent, Ohio
TV: ESPN2
Stream: WatchESPN
RadioWMU / Kent State
Opening NCAA Football Lines: WMU -22.5 (56)

Why Bet on Western Michigan?

Western Michigan was the top Group of 5 program in the first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, and this team is likely four wins away from a spot in a New Year’s Six Bowl. When Western Michigan hired P. J. Fleck before the 2013 season, he was, at 32, the youngest head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision. He has turned the Broncos from a 1-11 doormat in his first year to a 9-0 team that is No. 17 in this week’s Associated Press poll.

WMU (9-0, 5-0 MAC) beat Ball State 52-20 last Tuesday. Corey Davis set the Western Michigan single- game record with 272 yards receiving and caught three touchdowns. Davis’ three TDs also gives him 47 for his career, tying the Mid-American Conference career touchdown record.

Davis is currently the active leading receiver in the FBS with 4,796 yards, a title he ended the 2015 season with. He is currently the all-time MAC receiving record and 209 yards away from the all-time FBS receiving record. Davis leads the FBS in receiving TDs with 14. This year’s average of 45.2 points per game for WMU is the most in the MAC and fourth most in the country.

Western Michigan currently has a 11-game winning streak dating back to last season, the longest all-time in program history. Overall the Broncos are 16-2 in their last 18 games, the best record over an 18-game stretch in program history. For the year, the Broncos are +15 in turnover margin, best in the country. The Broncos have 11 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries.

Western Michigan holds a 33-19- 1 series edge over Kent State. These two teams have met only twice since 2011, with the Golden Flashes riding a two-game winning streak over the Broncos.

Why Bet on Kent State?

The Golden Flashes (3-6, 2-3 MAC) beat Central Michigan 27-24 on Oct. 29. Shane Hynes’ 35-yard field goal as time ran out capped a string of 17 consecutive points. The Golden Flashes had not scored a game-winner with only zeros left on the clock since 2003. Hynes refused to be bothered by two timeouts called by Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego with four seconds on the clock. Hynes’ kick came at the end of an 11-play, 68-yard drive.

Nick Holley had 102 yards passing with a touchdown and 144 yards rushing with a 68-yard TD run for Kent State. The Flashes outrushed Central Michigan 228-to- 105 behind Holley’s 144 yards on 24 carries and freshman Justin Rankin’s 78 yards on 15 carries. Holley also threw for 102 yards on 10-of- 18 passing. He completed four of his final five passes for 36 yards in the game’s final drive.

After making four interceptions at Central Michigan, Kent State ranks 10th in the nation in turnovers gained and 18th in turnover margin. The Flashes rank 24th in the FBS in total defense. In conference-only games the Flashes rank second in the MAC in total defense. Senior safety Nate Holley leads the nation with 8.9 solo tackles per game (next highest is 7.5) and ranks second in total tackles (12.3).

The Flashes came back from a 14-point second half deficit vs. CMU for the first time since the 2003 opener. Kent State held an opponent to under 120 yards rushing for the third time in four games.

WMU at Kent State Free Pick: Western Michigan

Western Michigan and over in college football betting.