The Central Michigan Chippewas won five of its final six conference games last year to capture the Mid-American Conference’s West Division title for the fourth time in school history and first since 2009. With the 2020 season reduced to six contests against only MAC foes, Central Michigan has a strong chance to repeat after beginning with a pair of victories. The Chippewas can strengthen their odds with another triumph when they host the division-rival Western Michigan Broncos on Wednesday. Kickoff from Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
Central Michigan (2-0) squeaked past Ohio by three points in its season opener before posting a 40-10 rout at Northern Illinois last Wednesday. The Broncos (2-0), who are tied with the Chippewas for the top spot in the West, have amassed 99 points in their two contests after edging Toledo 41-38 last week. William Hill Sportsbook lists this game as a pick’em according to the latest Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 58.5. Before making any Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan picks, check out the college football predictions for MACtion from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan:
- Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan spread: PK
- Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan over-under: 58.5 points
- Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan money line: Chippewas -110, Broncos -110
- CMU: The Chippewas are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight home games
- WMU: The Broncos are 2-7 ATS in their last nine road contests
Why Central Michigan can cover
The Chippewas’ strength on offense is their ground game, as they have averaged 210.5 yards over their first two contests. Junior Kobe Lewis leads the team with 171 rushing yards and freshman Lew Nichols III has rushed for 122 while junior Darius Bracy has gained 83 on only eight carries. Lewis also tops Central Michigan with three rushing touchdowns after recording a dozen last season.
Freshman quarterback Daniel Richardson has spread things around thus far, as six different players have at least four receptions after two games. Kalil Pimpleton leads the way with nine catches for 97 yards and a touchdown while fellow junior wideout Dallas Dixon has hauled in six passes for a team-high 113 yards and a score. Nichols and Lewis also have been involved in the passing game, with the former making six catches for 88 yards and a TD and the latter registering 34 yards on five receptions.
Why Western Michigan can cover
The Broncos, by all accounts, should be 1-1 as they trailed Toledo 38-28 in the final minute of the fourth quarter last Wednesday. But sophomore quarterback Kaleb Eleby scored on a one-yard run with 45 seconds remaining and, on the fourth play after a successful onside kick, pretended to spike the football before tossing it nine yards to a wide-open Jaylen Hall in the end zone. Eleby completed 20-of-29 pass attempts for 284 yards and three TDs while also rushing for a pair of scores.
<p>Senior wideout <a href="https://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/players/playerpage/2252411/dwayne-eskridge">D'Wayne Eskridge</a> hauled in seven passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore <a href="https://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/players/playerpage/3126874/skyy-moore">Skyy Moore</a> made three catches for 85 yards and a TD. Eskridge already has matched his career high of three scoring receptions after recording two in Western Michigan's season-opening victory at <a href="https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/teams/AKRON/akron-zips/">Akron</a>. The fifth-year receiver leads the Broncos with 245 yards thanks to back-to-back 100-yard performances after registering a total of three over his first four seasons.</p><h3>How to make Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan picks</h3><p>SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total. In fact, it says both quarterbacks will throw for over 235 yards on Wednesday night. It also has generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. <a href="https://www.sportsline.com/insiders/central-michigan-vs-western-michigan-line-picks-advanced-computer-model-releases-selections-for-wednesdays-matchup/?ttag=11182020_agg_cbssports_picks_football_ncaa_model_cmuwmucfb" target="_blank" rel="noopener">You can only get the pick at SportsLine</a>.
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