NIU Huskies (0-3) at Western Michigan Broncos (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Waldo Stadium)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -17.5 -- Over/Under: 64.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Western Michigan Broncos host the Northern Illinois Huskies when they meet Saturday in college football action from Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo.
Northern Illinois is 0-3 on the season so far. The Huskies have lost to Buffalo, Central Michigan and Ball State in succession. As for the Broncos, they’re 3-0 this year. Western Michigan has taken out Akron, Toledo and Central Michigan over their first three games. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Northern Illinois hasn’t been able to find much success on the field this season. The Huskies have fallen to Buffalo 49-30, Central Michigan 40-10 and Ball State 31-25. That’s a combined 120-65 deficit across three games for Northern Illinois.
In the loss to Ball State, Huskies quarterback Ross Bowers put up 300 yards with one TD and one interception on 27-of-40 passing. Harrison Waylee led the rush with 63 yards on 17 carries, and Erin Collins posted eight totes for 46 yards and two scores. Tyrice Richie led the receivers on 11 catches for 108 yards and a TD.
Over on the Western Michigan side, they’ve had far more success on the field this season. The Broncos have posted at least 41 points in every game, taking out Akron 58-13, Toledo 41-38 and Central Michigan 52-44 for a nice 3-0 start.
In the win over the Chippewas, Western Michigan quarterback Kaleb Eleby put up 382 yards for five touchdowns and an interception on 12-of-20 passing. La’Darius Jefferson led the rush on 150 yards off 33 carries, and D’Wayne Eskridge added 212 yards and three touchdowns from four catches.
The Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last six games after a straight-up loss and 36-16-2 ATS in their last 54 road games. NIU is 0-5 ATS in their last five after an ATS win and the over is 4-1 in their last five road games.
Meanwhile, the Broncos are 3-0-1 ATS in the last four overall and 3-0-1 ATS in the last four on turf. Western Michigan is 4-1 ATS in their last five in November and 5-17 ATS in their last 22 after an ATS win.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Western Michigan here, but this one could be closer than some people think. Northern Illinois hasn’t been a terrible scoring team this season; they’ve hit 25 or more points in two of their three games. The trouble for the Huskies has been defense, and they’ve given up at least 31 in every game. I can see Northern Illinois keeping relative pace here for a while, but I think the Broncos offense will pull away later in the game and bang out a cover.