Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan - 11/18/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Michigan Broncos (6-4) at Northern Illinois Huskies (7-3)
College Football: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Huskie Stadium)
The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Western Michigan Broncos will travel to Huskie Stadium to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies this Wednesday night in College Football action.
The Western Michigan Broncos dropped to 6-4 (5-1 MAC West) on the season after being defeated by the Bowling Green Falcons 41-27 this past Wednesday. Western Michigan was outgained by Bowling Green by a 505-487 margin and committed two turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Broncos was Jamauri Bogan who had 118 yards and 2 TD’s on 22 carries. On the season, Western Michigan is averaging 36.9 ppg on 485.9 yards per game (278.0 passing, 207.9 rushing). Western Michigan is led by WR Daniel Braverman (106.2 yds/game, 11 TD) and WR Corey Davis (99.1 yds/game, 8 TD). QB Zach Terrell has 23 TD and 7 INT on the season and is averaging 265.1 yds/game. The Broncos rushing attack is led by Jamauri Bogan (76.40 yds/game, 11 TD) and Jarvion Franklin (66.30 yds/game, 5 TD). Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 28.0 ppg on 400.8 yards per game (225.9 passing, 174.9 rushing). The Broncos currently have a turnover margin of plus 1 and are led defensively by DB Asantay Brown who has 84 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 INT.
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The Northern Illinois Huskies won their 5th straight game and improved to 7-3 (5-1 MAC West) on the season after defeating the Buffalo Bulls 41-30 this past Wednesday. Northern Illinois was able to get out to a 28-3 halftime lead and outgained Buffalo by a 524-432 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was RB Joel Bouagnon who had 156 yards and 2 TD’s on 28 carries. Offensively, Northern Illinois is averaging 36.7 ppg on 451.2 yards per game (231.5 passing, 219.7 rushing). Leading the way for the Huskies offense has been RB Joel Bouagnon who has 17 TD’s on the season and is averaging 110.60 rushing yards per game. QB Drew Hare has 14 TD and 4 INT this season and is averaging 218.8 passing yards per game. Kenny Golladay is the leading receiver for Northern Illinois and is averaging 94.2 receiving yards per game and has 7 TD’s. WR Tommylee Lewis has also been decent as he has 3 TD’s on the season and is averaging 43.0 yards per game. Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 25.3 ppg on 380.2 yards per game (227.8 passing, 152.4 rushing). The Huskies currently have a turnover margin of plus 4 on the season and are led defensively by DB Shawun Lurry who has 32 tackles and 8 INT.
The Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 14-4 ATS in their last 15 conference games. The Huskies are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games in November.
Western Michigan was 5-0 in MAC play going into their game against Bowling Green, however, Bowling Green was the first real test for the Broncos in MAC play and they couldn't come up with a win. Northern Illinois has been impressive this season as they are the only team to knock off Toledo and also had close losses to Ohio State and Boston College. Western Michigan has some great offensive weapons but I think Northern Illinois is the more solid overall team and that they’ll be able to cover this small spread at home. Take Northern Illinois to cover.