Football Pick: Western Michigan at Northern Illinois
- Updated: November 26, 2013
Date/Time: November 26m 2013, 7:00 ET
College Football Odds from BetAnySports
Point Spread: NIU -34
The college football season kicks off week 14 early as the Northern Illinois Huskies look to continue their impressive season as they host Western Michigan on a Tuesday night. Western Michigan will have a formidable task in front of them if they hope to give the Huskies their first loss of the season. With their latest win the Huskies jumped to No. 14 in the polls and want to make a run at a big bowl game.
Western Michigan at No. 14 Northern Illinois Odds
The college football odds for this game Show that the Huskies should overwhelmingly crush the Broncos. The Broncos are (33) point underdogs for this game and the point spread is increasing leading up to kickoff. The early wagering is favoring the Huskies and the betting odds could easily eclipse five touchdowns before the players take the field.
If the Broncos are going to have any chance to keep this game close, they have to have faultless execution on both sides of the ball for the entire game, especially if the game is close at halftime. WMU played a turnover-free game in a one-point win at UMass on Oct. 26. However, even if they play a game without error they should be easy foes for the Huskies.
The Broncos will have to try and stop senior quarterback Jordan Lynch. Lynch has been lethal throwing the ball and running it as he is second in the Mid-American Conference in rushing with an average of 130.4 yards per game coming on the ground and he is the fourth-best passer with 219.8 yards per game coming through the air. NIU is averaging a league-best 549.5 yards per game in total offense and Lynch accounts for an average of 350.2 per game, which is the best individual total in the MAC. Lynch alone is good enough to beat this team.
The latest college football trends reveal that the edge belongs to the Huskies. The Broncos are 1-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 road games when playing against a team with a winning home record, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 conference games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game. The Huskies are 15-4-2 ATS in their last 21 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game, 24-8-2 ATS in their last 34 conference games and 33-15-3 ATS in their last 51 games overall.
Western Michigan at No. 14 Northern Illinois Pick
The Huskies are the vastly superior team and recently the jump over Fresno State in the college football rankings shows that this team is starting to get respect on a national level. They don’t want to lose that by falling flat against the Broncos.
Pick: Northern Illinois -33.5