Indiana vs. Northwestern - 11/2/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Northwestern Wildcats (1-6) at Indiana Hoosiers (6-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Stadium-Bloomington)
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -12 -- Over/Under:
The Northwestern Wildcats and Indiana Hoosiers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Northwestern Wildcats need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Northwestern Wildcats have won five of their last eight road games. Hunter Johnson is completing 48.3 percent of his passes for 367 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Johnson and Aidan Smith have combined for 10 interceptions this season. Riley Lees and JJ Jefferson have combined for 311 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Bennett Skowronek has 12 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 140.4 yards per contest, and Drake Anderson leads the way with 436 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 24.4 points and 339.4 yards per game. Travis Whillock leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 54 tackles, Joe Gaziano has 5.5 sacks and Paddy Fisher has one interception.
The Indiana Hoosiers look for another win to build on their three-game winning streak. The Indiana Hoosiers have won three of their last four home games. Michael Penix Jr. is completing 69 percent of his passes for 1,232 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. Penix has nine touchdown passes in his last four games. Whop Philyor and Peyton Hendershot have combined for 1,128 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Ty Fryfogle has 29 receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 137.7 yards per contest, and Stevie Scott III leads the way with 621 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 22.1 points and 324.1 yards per game. Micah McFadden leads the Indiana Hoosiers with 39 tackles, Demarcus Elliott has three sacks and Jaylin Williams has one interception.
The Wildcats are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games in November, 21-7 ATS in their last 28 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hoosiers are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS win, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Hoosiers last 5 home games. The under is 5-2 in Wildcats last 7 games overall.
The Northwestern Wildcats are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games as a double-digit underdog. The Indiana Hoosiers have covered six of their last 10 games as a double-digit favorite. The Northwestern Wildcats have been able to compete despite these losses, but they're average just 7.6 points during their five-game losing streak and it's really hard to win or cover when the offense is providing nothing. The Indiana Hoosiers continue to put points on the board and have been one of the better covering teams in the Big Ten this season. I can't back Northwestern and it's inability to score points. I'll lay the chalk with the Hoosiers at home.