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Western Michigan vs. Nevada Odds: Opening Spread, Total for 2021 Quick Lane Bowl

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Western Michigan vs. Nevada Odds

Western Michigan Odds+6
Nevada Odds-6
DateDec. 27
LocationFord Field in Detroit, Michigan

Western Michigan is set to take on Nevada in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 27 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Find our expert’s projected odds, a recap of each team’s seasons, plus more information on the Quick Lane Bowl below.

Western Michigan vs. Nevada Projected Odds

Western Michigan Spread-5
Nevada Spread+5

These Western Michigan vs. Nevada projections are based on Collin Wilson’s college football power ratings, which help power our PRO Projections — they compare all of his projections to real-time college football odds in order to easily identify betting edges.

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How Western Michigan Reached the Quick Lane Bowl

It looked like Western Michigan would soar over its win total of six after a 4-1 start to the year, including a victory over Pitt. But losses in four of the Broncos’ next six games meant a win over conference champion NIU was needed in the final game of the regular season to hit the over.

The Broncos did just that and are here in large part because of a trio of offensive stars. Quarterback Kaleb Eleby threw for over 3,000 yards with over 1000 of them going to receiver Skyy Moore. Sean Tyler reached 1,000 yards rushing as well.

How Nevada Reached the Quick Lane Bowl

Nevada will wind up one of the best four-loss teams in the country.

The Wolf Pack lost at Kansas State, then dropped three of their biggest conference games by a combined six points.

So, despite handling a Power 5 opponent out of the gates in Cal and embarrassing Boise State by double-digits on its home turf, it’ll likely be a season Nevada wants back.

Quarterback Carson Strong is an intriguing NFL prospect. The 6-foot-4 gunslinger finished fourth during the regular season in passing yards (4,186) for one of the country’s top-flight offensive units.

The defense, meanwhile, wasn’t great in any one area, but did rank just outside the top 25 in takeaways (13).

Western Michigan vs. Nevada Matchup Analysis

Toggle the dropdowns below to hide or show how Western Michigan and Nevada match up statistically:

Western Michigan Offense vs. Nevada Defense
Rush Success15112
Line Yards14114
Pass Success2873
Pass Blocking**3078
Big Play3121
Finishing Drives5839
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Nevada Offense vs. Western Michigan Defense
Rush Success10963
Line Yards10728
Pass Success49
Pass Blocking**1086
Big Play12111
Finishing Drives6245
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling11663
Middle 85421
SP+ Special Teams13066
Plays per Minute108100
Rush Rate60.2% (29)35.8% (128)

Data via College Football Data, FootballOutsiders, SP+, PFF and SportSource Analytics.

Quick Lane Bowl Date, Time, TV, More Info

  • Date: Dec. 27
  • Time: 11 a.m. ET
  • Location: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
  • TV Info: ESPN

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