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Western Michigan 2018 Betting Preview: Post-Fleck Resurgence Will Take More Time

Aug 07, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

Western Michigan 2018 Betting Odds

  • To win the National Title: +750000
  • To win the MAC: +700
  • Win Total: 6.5 (over -110, under -120)

All lines taken from 5Dimes on Aug 6. Always shop for the best line.


Western Michigan 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds

The Action Network Projected Wins: 5.6

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Western Michigan Under 6.5 (-120)

The first year without coach P.J. Fleck wasn’t great, as Western Michigan went under its 2017 win total with a 6-6 record. This season, the Broncos rank 105th overall in returning production, with the biggest hit to their defensive front seven. Offensively, things are brighter, as quarterback Jon Wassink — who broke his collarbone after a 5-3 start last year — will be under center this season with four of his five linemen returning.

Wassink’s development under coach Tim Lester will be the key to this season. Lester was a quarterbacks coach at Western Michigan, Syracuse and Purdue. His staff did take a hit this year, though, as offensive coordinator Kevin Johns is now at Texas Tech.


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The Broncos’ schedule is pretty tough to project. They may be favored in only one game at home all season (Delaware State). They will likely start 0-2 (Syracuse, Michigan) before taking on a competitive Georgia State team.

Western Michigan gets to host the toughest teams in the MAC in Toledo, Ohio and Northern Illinois (all scheduled as midweek #MACtion). WMU is 2-9-2 ATS as a home underdog since 2007.

I think there’s value on the under 6.5 -120, as only a healthy Broncos squad that sweeps games 3-8 should have a chance to cash the over. That November schedule is brutal.

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Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Keishawn Watson

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