Western Michigan vs. North Carolina Central Prediction, Game Preview


Western Michigan vs. North Carolina Central prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins between the Broncos and Eagles.


Western Michigan vs. North Carolina Central Game Preview

When: Saturday, Sept. 10 – 7 p.m. ET 

Where: Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, Mich. 
Broadcast: ESPN3 
What a way for P.J. Fleck and the Broncos to open the season. It’ll be considered an upset when a MAC team beats a Big Ten squad on the road, but Western Michigan proved quickly it belonged on the same field with Northwestern. And Fleck showed why he’s likely going to be one of the most sought-after coaches in the country.  
The Broncos shouldn’t have much trouble continuing their moment when North Carolina Central visits. The Eagles were crushed 49-6 at Duke last week.

What To Know About Western Michigan

The Broncos showed why they’re the MAC favorites with the 22-21 win at Northwestern. They trailed in every quarter, only to fight back and take the lead. Jamauri Bogan’s 1-yard run gave them the last lead they’d need before forcing Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson to fumble as he dove for the end zone with less than two minutes left. Bogan rushed for 103 yards, but Corey Davis remains the Broncos’ top offensive weapon after catching seven passes for 70 yards.

What to Know About North Carolina Central

The Eagles have a lot of work to do offensively. They totaled 112 yards in the loss to Duke and turned the ball over twice. One came on an interception from Malcolm Ball, who competed just 7 of 25 for 74 yards. North Carolina Central won’t have it much easier this week.

Advantages

Offense: Western Michigan – Davis is going to have a big day. . 

Defense:  Western Michigan – A shutout isn’t out of the question. 
Special Teams: Western Michigan – Butch Hampton booted three field goals against Northwestern. 
Coaching: Western Michigan – Fleck is one of the hottest names in the business. 
Intangibles: Western Michigan – Facing an FCS team at home will be a nice tuneup for going on the road to Illinois next week.

Matchup To Watch

Davis vs. North Carolina Central’s attempts to stop him

It’s just not going to happen. Davis might not reach 200 yards only because the game will be so out of hand that Fleck will stop throwing the ball.

Betting Odds

Spread: Western Michigan -37 1/2 

Over/Under: 57 1/2

Western Michigan vs. North Carolina Central Prediction

Davis’ three touchdowns lead the way in a blowout. 

Western Michigan vs. North Carolina Central Final Score Prediction: Western Michigan 55, North Carolina Central 9

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