The Western Michigan Broncos would like to forget about the previous eight weeks of the college football season. The Broncos are 0-8 and 0-4 in conference play this year. The team has lost by an average margin of 27.5 points per game and has looked undisciplined on both sides of the ball. The Broncos have an opportunity to erase the past and pick up their first victory of the year when the team travels on the road to face the 1-6 UMASS Minutemen this Saturday.
The Broncos have lacked offensive output due to the lack of play makers at the skill positions. Western Michigan is averaging 13.4 points per game and is ranked 121st in the nation in scoring offense. The Broncos are averaging 199.9 passing yards per game (93rd) and are averaging 112.4 rushing yards per game (108th). Western Michigan has been held under 50 percent completion percentage five times this year and will need a better effort on Saturday to score the victory.
Ball security has been a major cause of concern for the offense as the Broncos are -11 in turnover margin on the season. Defensively, if the Broncos are to pull out the victory against UMASS, they must be able to stop the run. Western Michigan is yielding 259 rushing yards per game and must commit to shutting down the rushing lanes of the Minutemen. UMASS’ rushing attack is mediocre as the Minutemen are averaging 111.7 rushing yards per game.
Western Michigan has not been able to generate a pass rush this year as the team has six sacks through eight games. The Broncos have a solid pass defense giving up 183.5 passing yards per game.