Western Michigan vs NIU Prediction - College Football Picks 11/14/23

NIU Huskies (4-6) vs Western Michigan Broncos (4-6)

Game Info: Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium)

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The Western Michigan Broncos will play the Northern Illinois Huskies in a MAC game on Tuesday night at Huskie Stadium in Dekalb, Illinois. Western Michigan has won two games in a row, while Northern Illinois has lost two in a row. 

Western Michigan Preview

The Western Michigan Broncos are 4-6 (3-3) this season after they defeated Central Michigan by a score of 38-28 in their last game. Western Michigan led 21-7 at halftime, but they trailed 28-21 in the third quarter, before they pulled away in the fourth quarter for the win. The Broncos out gained CMU by a total of 484-418 and forced two turnovers in the game. Western Michigan also defeated Eastern Michigan by a score of 45-21 in the game before Central. The WMU offense is scoring 27.4 points per game with 222.9 passing yards per game and 168.7 rushing yards per game, while going 36% on third downs. Hayden Wolff has thrown for 1,200 yards, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions for the Broncos this season. Jalen Buckley has rushed for 892 yards and nine scores, while Kenneth Womack has caught 66 passes for 623 yards and one touchdown. The Western Michigan defense is giving up 32.3 points against per game this year. 

Northern Illinois Preview

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 4-6 (3-3) this year after they lost to Ball State by a score of 20-17 in their last game. Northern Illinois led 17-10 in the fourth quarter, but they allowed 10 points in the final 3:44 for the loss. The Huskies out gained Ball State by a total of 315-301 and they turned the ball over three times in the game. NIU also lost to Central Michigan by a score of 37-31 in the week prior. The Northern Illinois offense is averaging 24.2 points per game with 195.3 passing yards per game and 161.6 rushing yards per game, while going 38% on third downs. Rocky Lombardi has thrown for 1,799 yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions for the Huskies this season. Antario Brown has rushed for 916 yards and seven scores, while Trayvon Rudolph has caught 39 passes for 439 yards and two touchdowns. The NIU defense is allowing 22.7 points against per game this season.

Northern Illinois Huskies Team Facts

  • Northern Illinois has lost each of its last six November games as a home favorite.
  • The underdog has covered the spread in each of Northern Illinois' last eight games at Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium.
  • Seven of Northern Illinois' last eight November games as a favorite have gone OVER the total points line.

Western Michigan Broncos Team Facts

  • Western Michigan has won four of its last five November games as an underdog against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • Western Michigan has covered the spread in seven of its last eight games against conference opponents.
  • Six of Western Michigan's last seven games against non-AP-ranked teams have gone OVER the total points line.

Pick

These two teams are trending in the opposite direction, as Western Michigan has won two games in a row and NIU has lost two in a row. NIU will have the benefit of playing at home, but they will be facing a desperate Western Michigan team that needs to win their last two games to get to a bowl game. Western Michigan has moved the ball very well in their last two games and I think they are going to keep that momentum going here. NIU allowed 37 points to Central Michigan two games ago and I think we could see a similar result here. Take Western Michigan with the points. 

David’s Pick Western Michigan +3.5

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