Free MACtion Picks: Our Best College Football Bets for November 16

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LeVante Bellamy #2 of the Western Michigan Broncos. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images/AFP

The Miami (OH) RedHawks are just one win away from being bowl eligible. Can they prove themselves against a lackluster Bowling Green team at home on Tuesday night?  Let’s see the NCAAF odds.

Western Michigan Broncos vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – 7:30 PM EST Rynearson Stadium

Both of these teams are already going bowling. However, in Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan, at 6-4, both teams are just 3-3 in conference play and at the bottom of the Mid-American West conference. The West has been much more difficult to navigate in comparison to the East.

But that’s just how things go. Eastern Michigan was on a two-game winning streak until their loss to Ohio last week. The Eagles defeated Toledo and Bowling Green on the road but then they came back home and ended up losing. The Eagles have an offense that has shined, with 34 points per game behind Ben Bryant.

Bryant has 14 touchdowns and six interceptions on the year and is playing in his senior season. Bryant has been getting no help from the EMU defense, however, as the defense has allowed 28.2 points per game and 431.2 yards of offense from the opposition per game.

All in all, the Eagles have plenty of talent but the offensive line just hasn’t been nearly as good. Going up against a difficult Western Michigan defensive line could be tricky in this spot. On the other hand, Western Michigan is scoring 30.7 points per game but allowing 30 points per game.

Despite the Broncos giving up 30 points per game, I’ll say that Western Michigan is easily the more consistent defense in comparison to Eastern Michigan. They’ve been able to stop the run a bit more which should help a little bit in this game. However, EMU doesn’t really rely too much on their running game and would rather throw it. Against Western Michigan’s coverage, that’ll do. For my NCAAF picks, I like points in this game.

NCAAF Pick: Over 68 (-110)with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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Bowling Green Falcons vs. Miami (OH) RedHawks

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – 8:00 PM EST at Yager Stadium

The Miami (OH) RedHawks are multiple touchdown favorites against Bowling Green at home. The Falcons stunned the MAC world two weeks ago, right before Halloween, with a 56-44 win over Buffalo. However, Bowling Green has lost four of their last five and haven’t even looked good in any of those games.

Brett Gabbert #5 of the Miami (Oh) Redhawks. David Berding/Getty Images/AFP

The Falcons are scoring 22.9 points per game while allowing 32.4 points per game. On defense, Bowling Green is giving up close to 400 yards of offense per game. The defense has also been bad in the two most critical areas. In coverage, Bowling Green is allowing 190.4 yards per game but when they’re tested, things go south.

In the run game, the Falcons are giving up 201.5 yards per game and have been awful in that category as well. At 3-7, there will be no bowl opportunity for Bowling Green moving forward, not that it’s deserved anyway. Meanwhile, Miami (OH) is 5-5 and needs one more win to become bowl eligible.

This game will matter just a little bit more to the RedHawks. The rushing defense for Miami (OH) has been outstanding and the pass rush along with tackling has been way above average.

The offense is only scoring 26.8 points per game for Miami (OH) but with a really solid run game and a sunblock that has been effective, you can expect Miami (OH) to have success on offense against Bowling Green. For my best bets, I’ll take Miami (OH) and lay all the points here.

NCAAF Pick: Miami (OH) -15.5 (-110) with BetOnline

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