Wyoming at NIU - 9/11/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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NIU Huskies (1-0) vs Wyoming Cowboys (1-0)
Game Info: Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 1:30 pm (Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium)
Betting Odds: NIU Huskies +7 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Wyoming Cowboys will travel to Huskie Stadium to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Wyoming Cowboys (1-0) avoided being upset in their season opener after defeating the FCS Montana State Bobcats, 19-16, this past Saturday. Wyoming looked like they could be in trouble after the Bobcats took a 16-12 lead with just 2:17 left in the 4th quarter, however, the Cowboys were able to avoid the upset loss after Sean Chambers connected on a 21-yard TD pass to Treyton Welch will just :47 seconds left. Wyoming outgained Montana State by a 347-321 margin while both the Cowboys and Bobcats committed one turnover each. Offensively, Wyoming was led by RB Xazavian Valladay who had 77 rushing yards & 1 TD on 19 carries. QB Sean Chambers completed 15 of 26 passes for 195 yards, 1 TD, & 1 INT. The top receiving threats for the Cowboys were Ayden Eberhardt (4 rec, 71 yards), Isaiah Neyor (3 rec, 32 yards), Treyton Welch (2 rec, 25 yards, TD).
Defensively, Wyoming allowed Montana State to covert 17 fist downs and had trouble slowing down the Bobcats Isaiah Ifanse who finished the game with 103 rushing yards on 16 carries. Leading the way for the Wyoming defense was Chad Muma (11 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL) & Braden Smith (8 tackles).
The Northern Illinois (1-0) Huskies opened their 2021 season in impressive fashion after upsetting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 22-21, this past Saturday. Northern Illinois allowed Georgia Tech to score 21 unanswered points to take a 21-14 lead midway through the 4th quarter, however, Northern Illinois was able to find the end zone with just :38 seconds left in regulation and took the lead after converting the two-point conversation on a Rocky Lombardi pass to Trice Richie. Northern Illinois was outgained by Georgia Tech by a 429-301 margin while each team committed 1 turnover. Offensively, Northern Illinois was led by RB Harrison Waylee who had 144 rushing yards & 1 TD on 27 carries. QB Rocky Lombardi completed 11 of 17 passes for 136 yards & 2 TD. The top receiving threats for the Huskies were Tyrice Richie (2 rec, 64 yards), Messiah Travis (1 rec, 20 yards), & Clint Ratkovich (3 rec, 13 yards, TD).
Defensively, Northern Illinois had trouble slowing down the Georgia Tech rushing attack, however, didn’t allowed the Yellow Jackets to do too much damage through the air. Leading the way for the Huskies defense was Lance Deveaux Jr. (12 tackles, 1 TFL) & Daveren Rayner (7 tackles, 1 sack).
The Cowboys are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 September games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
Wyoming on paper is the better overall team, however, despite Montana State being a top-25 FCS team, I wasn’t encouraged by what I saw by the Cowboys this past Saturday, especially on the defense end which is generally the Cowboys biggest strength. Northern Illinois went 0-6 last season, and the expectations weren’t high going into this season, however, they picked up one of the more improbable victories of week 1 going on the road and upsetting Georgia Tech. Northern Illinois has some solid offensive players in RB Harrison Waylee & former Michigan State QB, Rocky Lombardi, and between the fact that I think the Huskies will have some success on the ground and that Wyoming is not a great road team, I think the play here is to take Northern Illinois and the points.