The Western Michigan Broncos (2-6) and the Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-4) play on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at Rynearson Stadium in a clash of MAC foes.
The Broncos’ matchup versus the Eagles will be airing on ESPN+.
When is Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan and when does it start?
This contest between the Broncos and Eagles will happen on Saturday, October 28, 2023. You can expect the kickoff at 1:00 PM ET.
Where to watch Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan
The Broncos and Eagles will hit the field at Rynearson Stadium for this matchup on October 28, and if you would like to catch the matchup live, get your tickets now from Vivid Seats!
What channel is the game on?
You can catch this game live on ESPN+.
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Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan Game Preview
Western Michigan Stats & Insights
The Broncos squared off against the Ohio Bobcats in their most recent game, losing 20-17.
Western Michigan ranks 78th in total offense (375.6 yards per game) and 104th in total defense (405.6 yards allowed per game) this year.
The Broncos are averaging 215.9 passing yards per game offensively this season (85th in the FBS), and they are giving up 249.3 passing yards per game (107th) on the other side of the ball.
Western Michigan ranks 63rd in run offense (159.8 rushing yards per game) and 87th in run defense (156.4 rushing yards allowed per game) this year.
Despite sporting a bottom-25 scoring defense that ranks 12th-worst in the FBS (34.3 points allowed per game), the Broncos have had more success offensively, ranking 93rd in the FBS by putting up 23.9 points per game.
Eastern Michigan Stats & Insights
In their most recent outing, the Broncos lost 20-17 to the Ohio Bobcats.
Eastern Michigan ranks second-worst in total yards per game (253.0), but it has been more effective on the other side of the ball, ranking 74th in the FBS with 376.9 total yards ceded per contest.
While the Eagles’ pass offense has had trouble moving the chains, ranking eighth-worst with 143.1 passing yards per game, their defense ranks 20th-best with just 184.1 passing yards allowed per contest.
Eastern Michigan has lots of room to improve in the running game, as it ranks 18th-worst in rushing yards per game (109.9) and 13th-worst in rushing yards surrendered per game (192.8).
The Eagles’ offense has been bottom-25 this season, generating 18.3 points per game, which ranks 11th-worst in the FBS. On defense, they rank 32nd with 19.5 points allowed per contest.
Western Michigan Key Players to Watch
Treyson Bourguet leads Western Michigan with 713 passing yards (118.8 ypg) on 57-of-103 passing with four touchdowns compared to one interception this season. He also adds 65 rushing yards (10.8 ypg) on 36 carries.
Jalen Buckley has carried the ball 114 times for a team-high 631 yards (90.1 per game), with five touchdowns this year. He’s also tacked on 12 catches for 121 yards (17.3 per game).
This season Zahir Abdus-Salaam has piled up 84 carries for 316 yards (39.5 per game) and five touchdowns.
Kenneth Womack’s 438 receiving yards (54.8 yards per game) lead the team. He has 49 receptions with one touchdown.
Austin Hence has racked up 235 receiving yards (29.4 yards per game) and two touchdowns, reeling in 22 passes this year.
Anthony Sambucci’s 12 receptions are good enough for 209 yards (41.8 ypg) and four touchdowns.
Eastern Michigan Key Players to Watch
Austin Smith leads Eastern Michigan with 1,103 passing yards (137.9 ypg) on 108-of-190 passing with six touchdowns compared to five interceptions this season. He also adds 109 rushing yards (13.6 ypg) on 74 carries while scoring one touchdown on the ground.
The team’s top rusher, Samson Evans, has carried the ball 93 times for 399 yards (49.9 per game), with six touchdowns this year.
This season Jaylon Jackson has racked up 371 yards (46.4 per game) on 77 carries with one touchdown.
Tanner Knue’s 305 receiving yards (43.6 yards per game) lead all receivers on the team. He’s totaled 32 receptions and three touchdowns.
Hamze Elzayat has racked up 260 receiving yards (37.1 yards per game) and two touchdowns, reeling in 17 passes this year.
JB Mitchell III’s 19 catches have netted him 184 yards (26.3 ypg) and one touchdown.