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Northern Illinois Huskies vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds
A key Week 9 battle has the visiting Huskies travelling to Western Michigan on Saturday to face the Broncos.
The Huskies will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 6-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Broncos are 3-5 ATS. Northern Illinois is 2-5 on the totals; Western Michigan is 3-4.
Betting Line: Western Michigan were sitting as 6-point underdogs earlier in the week at Bovada. The total was to be set a bit later in the week for over under betting purposes.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The Broncos sit at No. 74 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Huskies are at No. 100 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Huskies will win this game 46-29.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Michigan's No. 61-ranked offense, averaging 28.6 PPG, against a Huskies defense that ranks No. 22 this week at 18.1 PPG. The Broncos aerial game is averaging 272.4 yards per game, more than the Huskies secondary allows through the air, 219.5 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Huskies feature the league's No. 90-rated road run defense, allowing 219 yards per game. Western Michigan, meanwhile, ranks No. 49 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Northern Illinois was a 37-7 winner on the road against Akron. They covered the 17-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (44) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. In their last game, Northern Illinois got a 131-yard performance from Jordan Lynch as a key part of its 37-7 win over Akron.
In their last action, Western Michigan was a 41-24 loser on the road against Kent State. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (65) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Tyler Van Tubbergen handled the Golden Flashes defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 333 yards, but Western Michigan still lost to Kent State 41-24.
Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing in October are 9-1
When playing on turf are 10-0
After outgaining opponent are 10-0
When playing within the conference are 10-0
Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on turf are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 4-6
A few Huskies at Broncos trends to consider:
Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Illinois's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Illinois's last 5 games on the road
Western Michigan is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Western Michigan's last 7 games when playing Northern Illinois
Western Michigan is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Western Michigan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Northern Illinois home to Massachusetts, Saturday, November 3
Western Michigan at Central Michigan, Saturday, November 3