KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- Coming off a a 66-63 loss to Toledo last week, the Western Michigan Broncos are looking to bounce back vs an equally inconsitant team in Miami of Ohio. Sitting at 5-5 with two games left, the Broncos have no more room for error. The fact that the last game of the season comes against MAC cellar dwellar, Akron, makes this a must win for the Broncos.
Last week, all three facets of the team failed at one point or another. The offense stalled out at crucial times in the second half, the defense couldn't slow down Toledo's high powered offense, and the special teams missed a crucial field goal that would'vs made it a tie game. That means that today would be a great time for all three facets to play as one and be the team we thought they could be.
The Redhawks are coming off a successful season last year but at the same time, their 4-6 record proves they are not last year's team. Long story short, this is a team that Western should beat and if they play the type of football they are capable of playing, they should beat this team convincingly.
Western's passing game is ranked eigth in the nation, that alone should be enough to win this game but thats easier said than done. Miami only gives up an average of 23 points per game. Conversely, the Broncos are facing the worst rushing team they've faced in weeks, Miami only rushes for an average of roughly 77 yards a game which is a great thing for a defense thats had trouble stopping the run. The Redhawks are 21st in the nation in passing yards per game, averaging 280 a game which means this could turn into a shootout.
Miami has beaten the teams they were supposed to and lost to the teams they were supposed to, Western on the other hand has lost some they should've won and vice versa. With this talented Bronco team one game away from being bowl eligible and playing on ESPN2 for the whole nation to see, this would be the perfect time for them to show what they can do.
So far, the words "missed opportunities" could be used to describe this season. With two games left, and one of them being against Akron, this has to be looked at as the last opportunity for them to prove themselves and they'll have the national stage to do it on.
The Broncos play Miami of Ohio on ESPN2 tonight at Yager Stadium at 8 pm.