menu-toggle Created with Sketch.
Live 5

Western Michigan vs. Toledo Prediction, Game Preview

Embed
<iframe src="https://campusinsiders.com/videos/94Z3ZwNzE6Z4KHxT2ti3_7sQZ6C_79Uu/?video-embed=1" width="640" height="360" style="border:0"></iframe>

Western Michigan vs. Toledo prediction and game preview. The Broncos and Rockets battle Friday night in Kalamazoo for the MAC West championship.


Western Michigan vs. Toledo Game Preview

When: Friday, Nov. 25 – 5 p.m. ET
Where: Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, Mich.
TV Broadcast: ESPNU

Western Michigan has been college football’s darling this season, and at 11-0 has a clear path to represent the Group of Five conferences in the Cotton Bowl. First, it’ll have to get past Toledo and into the MAC championship game, though, and the Rockets aren’t going to lay down.

Toledo is out to clinch the MAC West title, too, and can earn its 10th victory for the first time since 2001 by pulling off the upset. Logan Woodside leads the nation with 40 touchdown passes, and the duel with Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell should be an exciting one.

What To Know About Western Michigan

Terrell is the unsung hero for the Broncos as Corey Davis gets most of the attention as a potential first-round pick. Terrell’s 71.3 completion percentage ranks third in the nation – just head of Woodside’s 70.1 – and his 183.91 passer rating also is third, right behind Woodside’s 185.57 mark. Terrell tossed four touchdown passes in Saturday’s 38-0 win over Buffalo and has 27 against only one interception on the year.

Davis caught two of them Saturday to give him a MAC-record 49 for his career. He caught 13 passes for 173 yards and continues proving he’s one of the nation’s top receivers. And don’t sleep on Jarvion Franklin, who leads the MAC in rushing.

What To Know About Toledo

It’s hard to believe Woodside was redshirted last season by former coach Matt Campbell, who left to coach Iowa State and was succeeded by former offensive coordinator Jason Candle. Woodside has been one of the country’s best-kept secrets despite some gaudy numbers. He’s thrown at least three TD passes in every game this season and threw for 325 yards in last week’s 37-19 win over Ball State. He has the ability to match Terrell play for play.

Woodside doesn’t focus on just one receiver, either. Five Rockets have at least 35 receptions, with Michael Roberts catching a team-high 12 touchdowns and Jon’Vea Johnson and Cody Thompson following with 10 apiece. Thompson is the main deep threat with a team-leading 1,125 yards.

Advantages

Offense: Even – Terrell vs. Woodside is must-see TV, but both teams have plenty of weapons on this side of the ball.

Defense: Western Michigan – The Broncos have had the better unit by a slim margin this season, and Keion Adams is a beast on the line with a MAC-high 15 tackles for loss.

Special Teams: Even – Jones and Darius Phillips are explosive returners and two of the best in the conference.

Coaching: Western Michigan – Candle is a rising star, but he’s not shining as bright as P.J. Fleck, who is going to get plenty of offers to leave Kalamazoo after the season.

Intangibles: Even – Toledo won five straight meetings before Davis’ 139 yards and two touchdowns led Western Michigan to a victory last season.

Matchup To Watch

Franklin vs. Kareem Hunt

The ground game might decide this one, and both teams are good against the run. Franklin will get more carries than Hunt, but Hunt has been very effective when spelling Woodside’s arm. The team with the most rushing yards might come out on top.

Betting Odds

Spread: Western Michigan -9
Over/Under: No line as of post

Western Michigan vs. Toledo Prediction

Terrell hits Davis for three touchdown passes, matching Woodside’s total. It comes down to the final drive, when Franklin runs it in for the deciding touchdown in the Broncos’ narrow win.

Western Michigan vs. Toledo final score prediction: Western Michigan 45, Toledo 38

MORE: 1-128 College Football Rankings – Week 13

Related Posts

Featured

  • Video
  • February 24, 2017
  • Campus Insiders

Alabama Football Players Eat $500,000 Worth Of Food

In 2014, the NCAA ruled that scholarship athletes are allowed unlimited food. Alabama took advantage and fed its athletes $838,187 in meals and snacks throughout the 2015-16 season, including more than $500,000 for football players alone. Campus Insiders breaks down how much the Crimson Tide spent per person just to eat.

Live Events

All times are Eastern Time Zone.

Live Schedule

All times are Eastern Time Zone.
Clear Filters
Saturday, February 25, 2017
TimeET Title Category Network
12:00 am Lacrosse (M) Patriot League Network
12:00 pm Basketball (M) Patriot League Network
12:00 pm Lacrosse (M) Patriot League Network
12:00 pm Lacrosse (M) Patriot League Network
12:30 pm
Siena at Colgate
Lacrosse (W)
Live Now
Lacrosse (W) Patriot League Network
1:00 pm Baseball TheW.TV
1:00 pm Lacrosse (W) Patriot League Network
1:00 pm Lacrosse (W) Patriot League Network
2:00 pm Track and Field Mountain West Network
2:00 pm Basketball (W) Patriot League Network
2:00 pm Basketball (W) Patriot League Network
2:00 pm Basketball (M) Patriot League Network
2:00 pm Basketball (M) Patriot League Network
2:00 pm Basketball (W) Patriot League Network
3:00 pm Basketball (W) Mountain West Network
3:00 pm Basketball (W) Patriot League Network
3:00 pm Ice Hockey (W) Patriot League Network
3:15 pm Softball TheW.TV
3:30 pm
WCC This Week
Basketball (M)
Basketball (M) TheW.TV
4:00 pm Basketball (M) TheW.TV
4:00 pm Basketball (W) Mountain West Network
4:00 pm Basketball (W) TheW.TV
4:00 pm Rugby TheW.TV
4:00 pm Baseball TheW.TV
4:00 pm Basketball (M) Mountain West Network
5:00 pm Basketball (W) TheW.TV
5:00 pm Baseball TheW.TV
5:00 pm Basketball (W) TheW.TV
5:00 pm Basketball (W) Mountain West Network
5:00 pm Basketball (W) Mountain West Network
5:00 pm Baseball Mountain West Network
5:15 pm Basketball (W) Mountain West Network
6:15 pm Basketball (M) Mountain West Network
7:00 pm Ice Hockey (M) Patriot League Network
7:00 pm
RPI at Colgate
Ice Hockey (M)
Ice Hockey (M) Patriot League Network
7:00 pm
UNLV at Nevada
Basketball (W)
Basketball (W) Mountain West Network
7:00 pm
Bucknell at Navy
Basketball (W)
Basketball (W) Patriot League Network
7:15 pm Basketball (W) Mountain West Network
7:30 pm Basketball (M) Patriot League Network
7:45 pm Softball TheW.TV
9:00 pm Basketball (M) TheW.TV
9:00 pm Baseball TheW.TV
9:00 pm Basketball (M) Mountain West Network
9:00 pm Baseball TheW.TV
9:00 pm Baseball TheW.TV
10:00 pm Basketball (M) TheW.TV
10:00 pm Basketball (M) TheW.TV
10:15 pm Basketball (M) Mountain West Network
11:30 pm Basketball (M) Mountain West Network
Sunday, February 26, 2017
TimeET Title Category Network
3:00 pm Baseball Mountain West Network
3:00 pm Ice Hockey (W) Patriot League Network
3:15 pm Softball TheW.TV
4:00 pm Baseball TheW.TV
4:00 pm Baseball TheW.TV
4:00 pm Baseball TheW.TV
4:00 pm Baseball Mountain West Network
4:00 pm Baseball TheW.TV
5:30 pm Softball TheW.TV

Popular Posts

  • College Basketball
  • February 20, 2017
  • Jeff Bartl

Livin’ B1G: Pursuit Of The Double Bye

Earning a double bye in the Big Ten tournament likely would lock up an NCAA Tournament berth for a bubble team. We examine which squads need it most and delve into the weekend action in this edition of Livin' B1G.

  • College Football
  • February 16, 2017
  • Robert Judin

Hey Judes: LSU Getting Back On Track With 2018 Recruiting Class

This week's edition of Hey Judes analyzes some hidden gems in the 2018 recruiting class, as they've fallen victim to the three-star curse. Plus, LSU appears to be getting back on track after a brief stumble.