WMU Football Skyy Moore

Skyy Moore has had a great start to the 2021 season. Another big performance against Kent State could make a difference towards a Bronco victory.

Western Michigan football takes on a tough cross division opponent in Kent State Saturday as the Broncos look to turn around after a tough loss and pick up a second MAC win. Here are three keys for the Broncos to win on homecoming.

Slow down the Kent State offense

Kent State has a very potent offense. Ranked among the top 25 teams in the country right now, the Golden Flashes have a very efficient unit that averages 464 yards per game. The team also does not focus on one side of offense over the other. With an average of 224 yards in the air and 240 on the ground there is no real weak side of the offense. 

The only way the Broncos can look to slow down the offense is force turnovers like it has done and keep the big plays to a minimum. After the showing last week, WMU proved it has a defense that can still get torched by big plays, so limiting those chunk plays will help the Broncos come out with a win. 

Take advantage of a weak defense

While the Kent State offense is a top one in college football, the defense is one of the worst. Statistically ranked No. 110 in the country, the Golden Flashes have been unable to stop a nosebleed so far this year. The unit has given up 447 yards per game this season and almost 30 points per game. 

The Bronco offense is a very efficient one with big play capability. If WMU can take advantage of RPOs and give Skyy Moore and Jaylen Hall more touches through the air, the Broncos can hang with Kent State and hold on to win the game. 

Limit turnovers

Last week the Bronco offense committed four turnovers, including two very rare interceptions by quarterback Kaleb Eleby. The Kent State defense, despite not being the best in yards, is a very good unit at taking the ball away, forcing 16 turnovers so far in this season. 

For the Broncos to pull out the win, ball possession will be huge. The winner of the game may very well come down to who has the ball longer with fewer turnovers.

Kickoff Saturday in Kalamazoo is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will air on ESPNU.

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