NIU vs. Western Michigan - 11/15/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Michigan Broncos (6-4) at NIU Huskies (7-3)
College Football: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Huskie Stadium)
The Line: NIU Huskies -8 -- 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 improved to 6-4 (4-2 MAC) on the season after defeating the Kent State Golden Flashes 48-20, this past Wednesday. Western Michigan scored three defensive TD’s in the game and had no trouble pulling away after taking a 34-14 lead entering the 4th quarter. Leading the way for Western Michigan was Jarvion Franklin who carried the ball 22 times for 191 yards and a TD. On the season, the Broncos are averaging 37.0 ppg on 407.9 total yards per game (158.7 passing yds/g; 249.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Western Michigan is led by Jarvion Franklin who has 10 TD on the season on 19.3 carries a game while averaging 106.1 yards a game. QB Jon Wassink has completed 64.2% of his passes on the season for 14 TD and 4 INT while averaging 173.9 passing yds/g. The Broncos receivers are led by WR D'Wayne Eskridge (3.0 rec/g, 50.6 yds/g, 3 TD), WR Keishawn Watson (3.6 rec/g, 32.1 yds/g, 6 TD), and TE Donnie Ernsberger (2.7 rec/g, 31.5 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, Western Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 27.6 ppg on 377.5 total yards per game (230.5 passing yds/g; 140.7 rushing yds/g). The Broncos have forced 22 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +7.
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The Northern Illinois Huskies improved to 7-3 (5-1 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals 63-17, this past Thursday. Nothern Illinois played well in all three phases of the game and had no trouble putting away Ball State after taking a 35-7 halftime lead. Leading the way for Northern Illinois was QB Marcus Childers who completed 10 of 22 passes for 141 yards and 4 TD. On the season, the Huskies are averaging 30.3 ppg on 403.5 total yards per game (217.3 passing yds/g; 186.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Northern Illinois is led by Marcus Childers who has completed 57.8% of his passes on the season for 13 TD and 3 INT while averaging 138.7 passing yds/g. Childers is also the 2nd leading rusher on the Huskies as he has 4 TD’s on the season while averaging 44.2 yds/g. The Huskies receivers are led by Christian Blake (3.3 rec/g, 37.8 yds/g, 4 TD), Spencer Tears (3.3 rec/g, 40.8 yds/g, 4 TD), and D.J. Brown (3.5 rec/g, 33.3 yds/g, 2 TD). The Northern Illinois backfield is led by Jordan Huff (13.0 att/g, 72.4 yds/g, 2 TD) and Marcus Jones (8.22 att/g, 38.3 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, Northern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 18.8 ppg on 322.9 total yards per game (213.1 passing yds/g; 109.8 rushing yds/g). The Huskies have forced 19 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of 0.
The Broncos are 18-7 ATS in their last 25 road games however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Huskies are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games however, just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Western Michigan doesn’t have the same type of offensive explosiveness as they had last year, however, the Broncos still can put points up on the board as they come in this contest with the 23rd ranked scoring offense. Northern Illinois has won 4 of their last 5 games and come in with one of the better defenses in the MAC as they are ranked 17th in college football in scoring defense. Northern Illinois must win out to have a chance to play in the MAC Championship, however, I think Western Michigan is going to give them a battle and as I fell the Broncos offense will have some success, I’m taking Western Michigan and the points.