Northern Illinois Huskies (9-2) at Western Michigan Broncos (8-3)
|Date & Time||Friday November 28, 2014, 11:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -6.5 -- Over/Under:
The Northern Illinois Huskies and Western Michigan Broncos play Friday morning at Waldo Stadium.
The Northern Illinois Huskies have won five straight and will wrap up the MAC West with a victory. Northern Illinois relies heavily on a ground game that’s averaging five yards per carry and has 23 running plays of 20 or more yards. Drew Hare and Cameron Stingily have combined for more than 1,500 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, as Northern Illinois has won eight straight when topping 150 rushing yards. Hare is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and one interception. Hare has three touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games, and Northern Illinois has 20 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Da'Ron Brown and Juwan Brescacin have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Aregeros Turner has 13 of his 26 catches in his last three games. Defensively, the Northern Illinois Huskies are allowing 24.5 points, 394.9 yards, and they’ve forced 22 sacks and 14 turnovers. Marlon Moore leads the Huskies with 78 tackles and Jason Meehan has 9.5 tackles for loss.
The Western Michigan Broncos have won six straight and hope to remain in the MAC race with a win. Western Michigan has a balanced offense led by Zach Terrell, who is completing 70 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Terrell has eight touchdowns and two picks in his last two games, and Western Michigan has 34 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Corey Davis and Daniel Braverman have combined for close to 2,000 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Darius Phillips has seven catches in his last three games. Western Michigan’s ground game is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, as Jarvion Franklin leads the way with 1,433 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns. Franklin has scored at least one TD in each game this season. Defensively, the Western Michigan Broncos are allowing 23.2 points, 373.5 yards, and they’ve forced 27 sacks and 20 turnovers. Grant DePalma leads the Broncos with 91 tackles and Trevor Ishmael has eight tackles for loss.
The Huskies are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Broncos are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Huskies are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Western Michigan and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 meetings overall.
Not sure how Western Michigan is such a big favorite when the Huskies have owned this series against the number and is just as good as the Broncos. Sometimes you don't ask questions and just take the points. Personally, I see Northern Illinois winning this game outright.