This Tuesday the Northern Illinois Huskies will host the Western Michigan Broncos. Kickoff is set for 7:00 EST at Huskie Stadium and will be televised on ESPNU.
Oddsmakers opened up this game at Western Michigan -7, but early money on the Broncos has jumped this line up to -7.5. The total opened at 51.5 and up slightly to 52.
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Western Michigan vs Northern Illinois Game Preview & Betting Odds
Western Michigan (7-4 SU, 5-5-1 ATS)
The Broncos had a bye last week and it couldn’t have come at a better time for Western Michigan, as they win here and they are West champs and headed to the MAC title game. The Broncos could also win the division with a Central Michigan loss, but they definitely don’t want to leave it up to chance.
Last time we saw Western Michigan they defeated Ohio 37-34 as a 1.5-point dog in a Tuesday night matchup. It was the Broncos third straight win.
Northern Illinois Huskies (4-7 SU, 6-5 ATS)
The Huskies hopes of getting to a bowl game came to a crashing end with last week’s 45-17 blowout loss at home to Eastern Michigan. It was a surprising result, as Northern Illinois went off as a 3-point favorite and were fresh off an upset 31-28 win at Toledo the week before.
This is unfamiliar territory for the Huskies, who go to a bowl just about every year. This will be just the second time in the last 12 years that Northern Illinois won’t be playing in postseason play.
It wasn’t that long ago the Huskies dominated this series, but its been a back and forth affair of late. Starting with Northern Illinois’ 27-19 win at home in 2015, these two have alternated wins with the home team covering in each game. Last year the Broncos won 28-21 as a 6.5-point home dog. Big thing to note about last year’s meeting is Huskies had already locked up a spot in the MAC title game, so there wasn’t a ton of incentive for them to show up.
Free College Football Against the Spread Pick: Western Michigan -7.5
My early lean here would have to be to lay the points with Western Michigan. I just don’t know how you can back Northern Illinois in this spot. Sure it’s the final home game, which means senior night, but with no bowl hopes it’s hard for teams to get up for a game this late in the year, especially for a team like the Huskies who are use to playing past November.
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The other big thing here is Northern Illinois won’t have the services of starting quarterback Ross Bowers, who is out again with a concussion that he sustained a couple weeks ago against Toledo. Marcus Childers started in place of Bowers against Eastern Michigan and did not play well. Childers went just 12 of 26 for 99 yards with three interceptions.
Without Bowers I just don’t see the Huskies being able to keep pace offensively in this one. Western Michigan has one of the best offenses in the MAC, as they are averaging 34.4 ppg in league play.
Northern Illinois’ defense has been on a downward spiral since their shutout of Akron. They gave up 615 yards in a 48-10 loss at Central Michigan, 508 yards in the win over Toledo and 428 to a struggling Eastern Michigan offense. Give me the Broncos -7.5!