The Victory Cannon is up for grabs on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, when the Western Michigan Broncos (2-0) visit the Central Michigan Chippewas (2-0). These are the two top teams in the MAC – West and the winner will take a huge step towards the championship game. This game will air live on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. EST.
Through two games, the Western Michigan offense is averaging 49.5 points per game and 460.5 yards per game, 275.0 through the air and 185.5 on the ground. Sean Tyler leads the team with 168 rushing yards and one touchdown, and D’Wayne Eskridge has a team high 10 receptions for 245 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Broncos are allowing 25.5 points and 378.5 yards, 232.5 passing and 146.0 rushing.
The Central Michigan offense is averaging 35.0 points per game and 430.0 yards per game, 219.5 through the air and 210.5 on the ground. Kobe Lewis leads the team with 171 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and Dallas Dixon has a team high six receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, the Chippewas are allowing just 18.5 points and 294.5 yards, 202.5 passing and 92.0 rushing.
Below is my pick for the Western Michigan Broncos at Central Michigan Chippewas. All odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook.Western Michigan Broncos at Central Michigan Chippewas (-1.5): O/U 61.5 (-112/-109)
Last time out, Western Michigan hosted the Toledo Rockets and snuck away with a 41-38 victory. Toledo led most of this game, and they took a 31-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Broncos scored 20 of the 27 fourth quarter points to get the win. QB Kaleb Eleby went 20/29 for 284 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge hauled in seven balls for 131 yards and one touchdown, and RB Sean Tyler had 100 yards on 12 carries. The WMU defense allowed 501 yards and forced one Toledo interception.
Central Michigan visited the lowly Northern Illinois Huskies and left with a 40-10 victory. The Chips scored the first 33 points of this game and did not give up their first points until there was 8:23 left in the game. QB Daniel Richardson went 13/19 for 196 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Running backs Lew Nichols III and Kobe Lewis combined for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. The CMU defense allowed just 244 total yards and recovered two Huskies fumbles.
Series History: Western Michigan has won the last two meetings and now leads the all-time series 50-38-2.
Football Picks: I like Central Michigan -1.5 to win the Victory Cannon this season.
2020 CFB Picks Results: 34-23