Indiana vs. Northwestern Pick
Will Northwestern continue its surge in offense when it takes on Indiana when the two meet up this Saturday at Noon ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Northwestern is favored at home in this game, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Hoosiers. The over/under total for the game has been set at 52.5 points. Northwestern has won four straight meetings with Indiana and the two have hit the over in three of their last four meetings.
Northwestern is coming off a 54-40 win at Michigan State last week to move to 3-3 on the season and 2-1 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats are 4-2 with the under this year, but have hit the over in two straight games. Northwestern is averaging 26.2 points and 373.7 yards per game on offense while the defense is allowing 23.2 points and 416.3 yards per game on defense. The team is led by back Justin Jackson, who has run for 698 yards and six touchdowns this season while Clayton Thorson has thrown for 1,401 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Indiana is coming off a 27-22 loss to Nebraska last week to drop to 3-3 on the season and 1-2 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are 5-1 with the under, as their offense hasn’t been quite as prolific as of late. The Hoosiers have been held to 28 points or less in four straight and are averaging just 25.8 points per game on the season despite 433.5 yards per game. Richard Lagow has thrown for 1,656 yards and 12 touchdowns, but has nine interceptions. Devine Redding has run for 548 yards and a touchdown as well. The IU defense has been improved this year, giving up just 25.3 points and 372.5 yards per contest.
The total has been set pretty low for an Indiana game. Despite the Hoosiers not moving the ball as well as they used to, they are still putting up some points and now face a Northwestern team that has scored 92 points over the last two weeks against two teams that are typically strong on defense. I think this game is shaping up to be another shootout for Indiana and Northwestern.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 PICK: INDIANA/NORTHWESTERN OVER 52.5