Northern Illinois at Western Michigan - 11/9/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The Western Michigan Broncos and Northern Illinois Huskies face off on Wednesday in some MACtion at Waldo Stadium. When these two teams faced off in 2021 it was Western Michigan that was able to secure the 42-21 victory. 

Northern Illinois comes into this game with a 2-7 record overall, and they have gone 3-6 against the spread. In the last game against Central Michigan, they made a bit of a comeback late, but they still ended up losing 35-22. Under center for the Huskies was Nevan Cremascoli, and he completed 13 of his 33 passes for 158 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Northern Illinois is averaging 29.8 points, while their defense is giving up 33.3 points per game. The defense is ranked 115th, and they need to get more defensive production in this game. 

On the other side of this matchup is Western Michigan, which sits with a 3-6 record, and they have gone 4-5 against the spread. In the last game against Bowling Green, the offense only managed nine points, and that led to the four-point defeat. Quarterback Treyson Bourguet completed 16 of his 27 passes for 191 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Sean Tyler finished with 26 carries for 93 yards. Western Michigan is averaging 19.4 points, while their defense is giving up 26.8 points per game. This offense hasn't been good enough this season, and that it will need to be improved upon here if they want a chance to secure a victory. 

Northern Illinois is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games. Western Michigan is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games against a team with a losing record. The underdog is 5-1 against the spread in the last six meetings played between Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. 

I really don't trust either of these teams, but I expect Northern Illinois is going to really struggle. Northern Illinois defense is ranked 115th, and Western Michigan is going to find success scoring here. It might not be the prettiest game, and you might have to sweat it out, but Western Michigan will cover the spread.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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