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Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan 11/18/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Western Michigan visits Central Michigan on 11/18/2020 at 7:00PM.

Western Michigan and Central Michigan face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Western Michigan has a record of 2-0 this season. Central Michigan is 2-0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Western Michigan Team Defense Preview

Western Michigan has had 19 total defensive drives this season and they yield 6.05 plays per drive. The struggle is real. Western Michigan cannot find a way to get opposing offenses off the field. Three and outs are not common and if the team needs a three-and-out late in a game to get the ball back, it is just not happening.Western Michigan has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Western Michigan opponents pass the football 58.26% of the time.They are a team that faces a lot of Air Raid Offenses.

Western Michigan opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Western Michigan can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 2.59 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. They are capable of giving up a long run, which is really demoralizing when the opposing team has the ball deep in their own territory.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Western Michigan is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Western Michigan Team Offense Preview

Western Michigan has had 18 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.0 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Western Michigan is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. Any defense is in for a challenge with Western Michigan, given their ability to accrue more than 5 yards on 1st Downs and their ability to convert on 3rd and 4th Downs. They put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses.Western Michigan passes the football 45.56% of the time.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 3.99 yards per carry. This is an elite offensive line when it comes to generating a push for the running game. They know how to create creases for running backs to break loose. Playing 7 in a box may not be enough for opposing defenses, this is a great O-Line. The offensive line and running back corps deserve a lot of credit for gashing defenses with their running game like the way they have this season. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Western Michigan has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. Western Michigan is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. Western Michigan has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

Central Michigan Team Defense Preview

Central Michigan has had 23 total defensive drives this season and they yield 4.48 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Central Michigan is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Opponents face third and long situations a lot against this defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. Central Michigan opponents pass the football 50.49% of the time.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

Central Michigan opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Central Michigan can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 1.56 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Central Michigan should have a sign ready for opponents near the Visitor Locker Room that says “Welcome to Hell”, this front seven is deep and they cause a lot of problems. Central Michigan is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Central Michigan Team Offense Preview

Central Michigan has had 26 total drives this season and they generate 5.31 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Central Michigan passes the football 44.93% of the time.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.82 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Central Michigan has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. Central Michigan is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. Central Michigan has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Western Michigan Roster

The Players to Watch for Western Michigan

Kaleb Eleby QB 6-1 215

This season, Kaleb Eleby has put up 546 yards and 6 touchdowns. He has thrown 0 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 217.0thus far this season. Kaleb Eleby has thrown 0 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Kaleb Eleby has 4.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 32.65 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 8.0 times this season, which puts him in the 38.66 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Sean Tyler RB 5-9 185

This season, Sean Tyler has 168 rushing yards on 21 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 1 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Sean Tyler picked up 58 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 10 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

D’Wayne Eskridge WR 5-9 190

This season, D’Wayne Eskridge picked up 245 yards. He caught the ball 10 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Ralph Holley DT 6-2 285

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Western Michigan, Ralph Holley has 9 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 3 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 86.34 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 35.37 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Marshawn Kneeland DE 6-4 255

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Western Michigan, Marshawn Kneeland has 16 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 69.65 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 84.44 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Bricen Garner S 6-1 190

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Western Michigan, Bricen Garner had 20 tackles which puts him in the 71.46 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 76.6 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Bricen Garner as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.53 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Patrick Lupro CB 5-10 185

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Western Michigan, Patrick Lupro had 11 tackles which puts him in the 63.38 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 80.57 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Patrick Lupro as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.01 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Central Michigan Roster

The Players to Watch for Central Michigan

Daniel Richardson QB 5-10 205

This season, Daniel Richardson has put up 439 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has thrown 1 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 134.6thus far this season. Daniel Richardson has thrown 1 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Daniel Richardson has -2.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 18.9 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 7.0 times this season, which puts him in the 35.74 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Kobe Lewis RB 5-11 208

This season, Kobe Lewis has 171 rushing yards on 44 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 3 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Kobe Lewis picked up 34 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 5 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Dallas Dixon WR 6-1 189

This season, Dallas Dixon picked up 113 yards. He caught the ball 6 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Mohamed Diallo DL 6-4 305

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Central Michigan, Mohamed Diallo has 4 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 69.65 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 32.51 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Richard Bowens III DB 6-1 193

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Central Michigan, Richard Bowens III had 11 tackles which puts him in the 54.17 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 34.2 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Richard Bowens III as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.53 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Western Michigan 31 Central Michigan 28

Spread Pick: Western Michigan +1 -110 Mybookie.ag
Moneyline Pick: Western Michigan +103 BetOnline
Total Pick: Under 60.5 -111 Bookmaker