With their non-conference schedule behind them, the Broncos can now focus on their ultimate goal of winning their first conference championship since 1988 as they begin MAC play at Waldo Stadium against Kent State (1-3). The Golden Flashes have not won in Kalamazoo in 25 years but did defeat the Broncos last season. However WMU does lead the overall series 33-19-1. Kickoff is set for 7pm.
1. Score early - The Broncos are yet to lead at halftime in any of their four games this season. After the debacle that was Nichols, WMU must take the lead early and keep the crowd in the game. A lot of grumbling and doubt will be heard all over Waldo Stadium if the Broncos trail big early.
2. Run the ball – It might not be far to use this stat, but the Broncos are 0-3 in games they have failed to lead in rushing with the Nichols game as the only game in which they totaled more rushing yards. Brian Fields and Dareyon Chance are averaging over four yards per rush and must have successful days for the Broncos to have any shot at winning.
3. Win the time of possession battle – Western’s defense is spending way too much time on the field and fatigue has been a clear problem. Win the time of possession and keep the Kent D on the field as long as possible.
4. Win the field possession battle – With all the injuries on the offense, the Broncos can’t afford to make the game more difficult for them by starting with horrible field possession. The same can be said for when the Broncos start on defense. J Schroeder and Brett Scanlon must pin the Golden Flashes deep when they kickoff and punt, respectively.
5. Forget 0-4 – The Broncos will be wearing white wristbands on Saturday night, symbolizing a fresh start. Keep the row the boat mentality, and use what you learned in the first four games as lessons for the next eight MAC games.
Prediction: WMU 27 Kent 26