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Point Spread Favors the Wildcats in NCAA College Football Battle with the Western Michigan Broncos

The Wildcats hope to be bad hosts on Saturday as the Northwestern Wildcats pay a visit to Ryan Field in Week 1 betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Several shops tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada) set the point spread at -6.5 for the Northwestern Wildcats . NCAA football bettors had to wait for the opening over under value, which was not available at press time (check the live lines pages here for the latest totals updates).

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Broncos to win this game on Saturday 35-24. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Western Michigan Broncos vs Northwestern Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Northwestern Wildcats are 0-0 so far on the season, and 0-0 ATS vs the point spread. The Western Michigan Broncos, meanwhile, are 0-0 and 0-0 ATS. Those over under betting have seen Northwestern go 0-0 and the Western Michigan Broncos go 0-0 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Northwestern vs Western Michigan injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 82-rated Northwestern Wildcats and the No. 19-ranked Western Michigan Broncos, according to the NCAA College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Northwestern Wildcats No. -ranked offense ( PPG) against a Western Michigan Broncos defense that ranks No. at PPG. The Northwestern Wildcats passing attack has averaged yards per game, more than the Western Michigan Broncos give up through the air ( YPG on average).

Defensively, the Western Michigan Broncos feature the league's No. 112-rated road run defense, allowing 242 yards per game. Northwestern, meanwhile, ranks No. 24 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Western Michigan got a 215-yard performance from Jamauri Bogan as a key part of its 45-31 win over Middle Tennessee.

Northwestern didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Volunteers as Tennessee blasted them 45-6 in Week P action.

Betting Trends
  • Western Michigan is 18-7 ATS in its last 25 games
  • Western Michigan is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • Western Michigan is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Western Michigan's last 8 games on the road
  • Northwestern is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Northwestern is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Northwestern is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games at home
  • Northwestern is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Western Michigan home to North Carolina Central, Saturday, September 10th
Northwestern home to Illinois State, Saturday, September 10th