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Central Michigan Chippewas at Western Michigan Broncos: Betting Guide

The MAC West is led by Northern Illinois, which is 4-0 in league play. Central Michigan and Western Michigan are both 2-2 and trying to gain ground on the Huskies.

Northern Illinois will need to lose a few games in order to lose the division and put these teams back in the race, but it’s clear that CMU and WMU have to win here to stay in the hunt in the chase. Let’s take a look at this contest in terms of college football picks.

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  • Game: Central Michigan (4-4) at Western Michigan (5-3)
  • Location: Waldo Stadium
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET (Wednesday Night)
  • Television: ESPNU

Central Michigan vs Western Michigan Betting Lines

Team Point Spread Moneyline Over/Under Team Total
Central Michigan +10 +310 66.5 28
Western Michigan -10 -400 66.5 38

Head-to-Head

The last meeting between these teams was last year. Western Michigan won a shootout, 52-44.

Central Michigan Chippewas

Next game: vs. Kent State

Last Game

The Chippewas took a 28-10 lead over Northern Illinois in a huge MAC West Division game. Central Michigan could have created a tie in the standings with the Huskies at 3-1 for each team.

Instead, the Chippewasblew that advantage and lost, 39-38, with a brutal series of late-game mistakes.

Central Michigan has to wipe away that ugly memory and turn the page to Western Michigan on Wednesday night, knowing that it now has no more margin for error.

The mental challenge will be enormous, knowing how big an opportunity the Chips squandered the last time they took the field.

The Chippewas are 2-5 against the spread and 3-4 in over-unders. One of their eight games didn’t have a betting line since it was against an FCS opponent.

Injury Report

The Chippewas have three players who are questionable, all on defense. What is noticeable is that they are being affected at all three levels of their defense: the line, the linebackers, and the secondary.

Defensive lineman Laquan Johnson, linebacker Troy Brown, and defensive back Dishon McNary are all questionable for this game. Running back Darius McNary is probable, but it’s the defense that could be exposed against Western Michigan’s offense.

Western Michigan Broncos

Next game: vs. Akron

Last Game

The Western Michigan Broncos were smoked by the Toledo Rockets, 34-15. Western Michigan did nothing right and never found any sort of rhythm against a Toledo squad that had struggled the previous few weeks.

This is part of the wacky, up-and-down, unpredictable world of MAC football, where nothing seems to carry over from one week to the next for any team except for Northern Illinois.

Western Michigan has been a feast-or-famine team this year. The Broncos lost to Toledo by 19 points. The week before, they beat Kent State by 31.

They lost to Ball State by 25 the week before that. They upset Pittsburgh on the road earlier in the season. They drilled San Jose State by 20. Every week, it seems a different WMU team shows up.

For those who betonline, the Broncos are 4-3-1 against the spread and 3-5 in over-unders.

Injury Report

The Broncos have a clean injury report for this game.

Betting on the Game

This is a volatile conference in which there is no sure thing on most nights. Don’t expect a straightforward game with no plot twists. In the MAC, it usually gets complicated.

Western Michigan might win, but 10 points is an awful lot to give. Central Michigan almost beat division leader Northern Illinois. This feels like a close one in terms of NCAA odds.

Final Score: Western Michigan 35, Central Michigan 30

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