Western Michigan vs Northern Illinois College Football Odds

Posted by Aaron . on November 18, 2015 in

This Wednesday, the Western Michigan Broncos visit the Northern Illinois Huskies for a relatively tight MAC West Division game. The Huskies (7-3) are favored to take this game by 2.5 points in the college football odds, and the over/under total is 61 points. These two teams both have 5-1 conference records, leaving them in a tie with Toledo atop the division standings. Western Michigan just had a five-game winning streak snapped when they lost to Bowling Green. Northern Illinois has won five straight games, most recently beating Buffalo 41-30.

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 18th, 8:00 PM
Location: Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, Illinois
Odds: Northern Illinois -2½
TV:  ESPN2
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Western Michigan lost because they have a hard time converting third downs. In their loss to Bowling Green, they only converted four out of 13 third downs. Bowling Green went seven for 15, and this difference was crucial in the outcome. Wide receiver Corey Davis told Yahoo! Sports, “When you’re playing a team as good as them you have to make those plays and come down with the ball and convert on third down and things like that. That’s something that we didn’t do.”

 

Davis did haul in 13 balls for 159 yards. The week before, against Ball State, he caught seven passes for 163 yards and three scores. He has more than 100 yards of receiving in four straight games now. Head coach P.J. Fleck told Yahoo! Sports, “We control our own destiny – very similar to everybody else. My goal for this football team was to make November matter. It matters just as much now as it did four hours ago and that’s all we can ask for.”

 

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Northern Illinois has won 11 games in each of the past two football seasons. The only other FBS team to do that has been the Oregon Ducks. The Huskies played in their last five consecutive conference championship games. Athletic director Sean Frazier told Yahoo! Sports, “At NIU, we’re going to have to be very true to who we are. We’re a Midwestern, tough-nosed football program. It’s a system. We’re true to our system. We understand what we want to do. It’s a system that all the coaches have kept.”

 

The system has been reliable no matter who is taking the snaps. Starting quarterback Drew Hare saw his season end on November 3 when he suffered an Achilles injury. Freshman Ryan Graham has come on in relief, throwing three touchdowns and one interception, completing 24 of 36 passing attempts and gaining 119 yards on the ground.

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