Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan Betting Odds & Picks: Blowout Potential in Kalamazoo?

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Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan Odds & Picks

  • Central Michigan Spread: +16.5
  • Western Michigan Spread: -16.5
  • Central Michigan Moneyline: +570
  • Western Michigan Moneyline: -825
  • Over/Under: 59.5
  • Time: 12 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS Sports Network

Odds as of Friday and via PointsBet, where Action Network users get an exclusive 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).


Tim Lester knows the gravitas of the Western Michigan and Central Michigan rivalry. The Broncos head coach is a former Western Michigan quarterback and has the “Battle of the Cannon” circled every year.

Lester has always had a particular interest in the Chippewas head coach Jim McElwain, stating he used his offensive scheme as a coordinator at Syracuse.

McElwain had a different take on CMU’s rival, stating “the explosive plays are eye-popping.” Central Michigan should be worried in the IsoPPP department, as the Chipps are 119th in allowing passing plays of 20-plus yards. That does not bode well against Western Michigan quarterback John Wassink, who has his offense sitting sixth in the nation with 22 passes over 20 yards.

As offensively inept as Miami can be, the Hurricanes were able to throw for 10.4 yards per pass and Jarren Williams went 17-for-24 for 250 yards against CMU.

Western Michigan ranks in the top 10 in yards per play and will look to expose a Central Michigan defense that is outside the top 100 in opponent completion percentage and 3rd down conversion.

I think the Broncos can name the score here.

Pick: Western Michigan -17 or better