Western Michigan at Kent State

Western Michigan Broncos at Kent State Golden Flashes (+21, 55)

Senior wide receiver Corey Davis made history last week for Western Michigan and hopes to set another record when the 21st-ranked Broncos visit Kent State on Tuesday for a Mid-American Conference contest. The highly regarded NFL prospect broke the MAC record for receiving yards in a game with 272 as Western Michigan rolled over Ball State 52-20 to open at 9-0 for the first time.

Davis also is tied with Marshall’s Darius Watts for the MAC record with 47 career touchdown receptions and is just one of three major weapons, along with quarterback Zach Terrell and running back Jarvion Franklin, for the Broncos. Western Michigan has won 11 in a row dating back to last season and ranked 23rd in the first College Football Playoff rankings. “We can’t control where we’re rated or the playoff poll or anything like that,” Terrell told reporters. “For us, that’s just outside noise. We’re just focused on getting better each and every day.” Kent State knocked off Central Michigan 27-24 in its last game on Oct. 29 and will test the Broncos with the top pass efficiency defense in the conference.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2.

LINE HISTORY: Western Michigan opened as big 18-point road favorites but that spread was not big enough for bettors as, by Tuesday morning, the action forced the books to move that number up to 21. The total hit the board at 55 and has yet to move. Follow the complete line history, here.

INJURY REPORT:

Western Michigan – RB  J. Bogan (doubtful, undisclosed).

Kent State – RB W. Mathews (probable, ankle), S J. McRae (probable, concussion), QB M. Mitchell (questionable, wrist), WR K. White (out indefinitely, leg), WR A. Dixon (out for season, illness).

WEATHER REPORT: There is a 65 percent chance of rain showers at kickoff tonight at Dix Stadium, increasing to 85 percent for the second half. Temperatures will be in the 50’s and wind will not be a factor.

CHEERLEADER WAR:

ABOUT WESTERN MICHIGAN (9-0 SU, 7-2 ATS, 5-4 O/U): Terrell finished with at least 300 passing yards for the third time in four games last Tuesday against Ball State and has completed 71.6 percent of his passes with an impressive 23 TD tosses and just one interception. Franklin went over 1,000 yards for the season after his fifth straight contest with 100 or more last week and Davis has recorded 61 receptions for 1,011 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensive back Darius Phillips has returned three interceptions for scores this season, including a 75-yarder last week, to set a school record.

ABOUT KENT STATE (3-6 SU, 5-4 ATS, 5-4 O/U): Quarterback Nick Holley rushed for 144 yards in the win over Central Michigan and leads the team with 775 overall to go along with nine touchdowns on the ground. Freshman Justin Rankin is second on the team in rushing (381 yards, two TDs) after gaining 78 yards in his last contest and is the top receiver with 24 catches for 301 yards. Just two of the Golden Flashes’ five MAC opponents have completed better than 50 percent of their passes while Kent State stands second in the league in total defense (350.7 yards) and third in rushing defense (145.9).

TRENDS:

* Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
* Golden Flashes are 2-8 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
* Over is 4-0 in Broncos last 4 games following a bye week.
* Under is 6-0 in Golden Flashes last 6 games following a straight up win.
* Favorite is 10-0 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
 
COVERS CONSENSUS: The betting public is in love with Western Michigan and even being 21-point road favorites isn’t scaring them off in this one – the Broncos are picking up 73 percent of the wagers on Covers. Over 55 is grabbing 70 percent of the selections.


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