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Northwestern vs. Bowling Green - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bowling Green Falcons (0-2) at Northwestern Wildcats (1-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Ryan Field)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -22 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN

The Bowling Green Falcons and Northwestern Wildcats meet Saturday in college football action at Ryan Field.

The Bowling Green Falcons could use a victory here to rebound from a rough 0-2 start. The Bowling Green Falcons have lost six of their last seven road games. James Morgan is completing 38.3 percent of his passes for 460 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Morgan has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Datrin Guyton and Scott Miller have combined for 289 receiving yards and one touchdown while Teo Redding has six receptions. The Bowling Green Falcons ground game is averaging 114 yards per contest, and Josh Cleveland leads the way with 103 yards on 18 carries. Defensively, Bowling Green is allowing 35 points and 492.5 yards per game. Nate Locke leads the Bowling Green Falcons with 23 tackles, Shannon Smith has one sack and Brandon Harris has three pass deflections. 

Northwestern vs. Bowling Green - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northwestern Wildcats look for another home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Northwestern Wildcats have won four of their last six home games. Clayton Thorson is completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 472 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Thorson has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Bennett Skowronek and Macan Wilson have combined for 216 receiving yards and one touchdown while Justin Jackson has six receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 89 yards per contest, and Jackson leads the way with 127 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 30.5 points and 439.5 yards per game. Paddy Fisher leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 22 tackles, Joe Gaziano has one sack and Montre Hartage has one interception.

The Falcons are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games in September, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in September, 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. The under is 13-6 in Wildcats last 19 games overall and the under is 6-0 in Falcons last 6 games overall.

Bowling Green has looked awful in its first two games, as the defense isn't there and the Falcons are getting nothing out of the quarterback position. The Northwestern Wildcats got smoked by Duke last week, but this is a team that has yet to play its best football. There's a lot to improve on and you can bet a really good coaching staff will have this squad ready to go this week. I expect Jackson and Thorson to have that breakout game we know they're capable of having, and the Wildcats open up a blowout victory to kind of get things on track after a shaky start. 

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