Quick Game Info
Who: Miami RedHawks (1-6, 0-3) vs Western Michigan Broncos (3-3, 2-0)
Where: Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI
When: Saturday, October 24th, 2:00 PM
Can the Broncos build on a historic rushing performance? Last week, Western Michigan ran for 400 yards in the 2nd half of their game against the Ohio Bobcats. Two Bronco running backs had 100 yard games, with Jarvion Franklin nearly making it 3 (he finished with 95 yards).
Can the RedHawks put together more than two scores? Since their near win against rival Cincinnati, the RedHawks haven't put together three scores in a game (let's face it, NIU gifted Miami with that safety to make it technically three last week). Against a defense that has been shaky against the pass at times, Miami's passing attack could have chances to put 20 on the board.
Corey Davis chasing history. Davis, a junior wide receiver, is 4th all-time in WMU history for receiving touchdowns at 26 scores. With his next touchdown grab, he'll tie Steve Neal for 3rd all-time. Greg Jennings holds the record with 39 career grabs. Additionally, his 2,800 career receiving yards puts him 5th all-time, and he needs just 1,387 yards to break the all-time record held by Jordan White.
MAC West vs MAC East. Since Bowling Green defeated Northern Illinois in the 2013 MAC Championship, thus ending the Huskies hopes of a BCS Bowl bid, the West is 20-4 against the East. Eastern Michigan has been the primary crux to an otherwise overtly dominant performance, going 1-3 against East foes, making the rest of the West 19-1. The Broncos have been solid, beating their last 5 MAC East opponents dating back to their one point squeaker against UMass in the 2013 season.
Bowl bound? With a loss, the RedHawks would be officially out of bowl contention as their record would move to 1-7 on the year. A win keeps their slim hopes alive with a favorable schedule after this game (three home opponents against sub-.500 teams before a trip to UMass to end the year). For the Broncos, after a 1-3 non-conference record put them in a hole early, they have their first winning record of the year with a victory. With a tough November schedule due up, getting to 6 wins before their match-up with Bowling Green seems pertinent.