Western Michigan and BYU square off in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

www.westernherald.com – RSS Results in sports* of type article The Western Michigan University Broncos football team (7-5) have the opportunity to end their 2018 campaign on a high note as they travel to Boise, Idaho to compete in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against the independent program Brigham Young University Cougars (6-6).The last time WMU went to the Potato Bowl was in 2014 when they lost 24-38 against the Air Force Falcons. While only four players remain from that team, the Broncos will certainly come into this game with energy and an urge to write this story differently. The Broncos have only won one bowl game in eight appearances in program history.Keys to the Game

Coming into the matchup what WMU must do to stay successful is keep the offensive pace they’ve had during the regular season, but they must pick it up on the defensive side of the ball.  What has been Western’s achilles heel this season is its defense. However, after the firing of defensive coordinator Tim Daoust and having defensive line coach Lou Esposito take over, their defense has looked a lot more promisingWith Lester calling plays, look for Western Michigan quarterback Kaleb Eleby to continue to make smart decisions. The Broncos also have the MAC leading rusher LeVante Bellamy who in tandem with senior running back Jamauri Bogan, the Broncos offense is an effective balanced attack.BYU’s defense however will bring some challenges to the Broncos as BYU is ranked 18th in the country in total defense and 26th in rushing defense.If the Broncos step up and perform defensively at a high level like they did against Northern Illinois, they should be able to give BYU a run for their money.Defensive frontmen Ralph Holley and Ali Fayad who lead the team in sacks with seven will have a tall task against a much larger offensive line than their used to …

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