UB (2-8) at Western Michigan (10-0)
3:30 p.m. Saturday at Waldo Stadium
Radio: 1520 AM. TV: ESPNU.
Last time out: UB played a poor game in losing to Miami Ohio, 35-24. Western Michigan routed Kent State, 37-21. The Broncos’ narrowest margin of victory this season is 14 points, vs. Eastern Michigan (45-31).
Trending: Graduate student Grant Rohach may have to make his second start of the season in place of freshman Tyree Jackson, who suffered an injury to his right thigh in last week’s game. UB coach Lance Leipold said Jackson will be a game-time decision. Rohach, the transfer from Iowa State, played the first quarter and a half of the season opening loss to Albany and has seen only mop-up duty since. He does not have Jackson’s arm strength but is a willing runner. Look for him to do a lot of scrambling if he starts. UB senior running back Jordan Johnson is 116 yards shy of 1,000 yards for the season.
Stat check: Western Michigan is averaging 44.4 ppg, seventh best in the nation. The Broncos have played a relatively soft schedule. Their FBS opponents are a combined 40-56. . . . The Broncos lead the nation in turnover margin at plus 15. They also lead the nation in third-down offense, converting 56.2 percent for first downs.
Star gazing: Western Michigan has two high NFL Draft candidates. Receiver Corey Davis (84) is rated a late-first or early-second round pick. Right tackle Taylor Moton (72) is considered a second- or third-round pick. He’s a candidate for the Outland Trophy, given to the best lineman in the nation. Davis ranks No. 2 in FBS history in receiving yards with 4,814 and needs just 192 to become the all-time leader. Western QB Zach Terrell (11) has 86 career TD passes, eighth on the MAC’s all-time list. He’s No. 7 among active college QBs in career completion percentage (65.2). UB better be careful on kickoffs. Darius Phillips (4) averaged 23.3 per return and has returned three interceptions for 230 return yards.
At stake: For Western Michigan, this is a tune-up for its regular-season finale against strong Toledo (8-2). The MAC title game figures to be an anti-climax if Western gets there because the Broncos likely would steamroll whoever wins the East Division. Most of the MAC will be rooting for Western to beat Toledo, because that will bring a New Year’s Day bowl berth and a big payday for the conference.
Prediction: Western Michigan 55, UB 10.