WMU vs. NIU Mac Prediction
MACtion heads to Dekalb, IL on Tuesday night where Northern Illinois will host Western Michigan at 7:00 p.m. ET. Will the Huskies cash as a home underdog or is there a better play on the board?
103 Western Michigan Broncos (-3.5) at 104 Northern Illinois Huskies (+3.5); o/u 61
7:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, November 23, 20201
Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, IL
Western Michigan Broncos Game Notes
Western Michigan redshirt sophomore QB Kaleb Eleby completed 22-of-29 passes for 307 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in a 22-21 loss to Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night. Throughout the night, Eleby (6'1/215) was slinging it. He hit Skyy Moore on a beautiful nine route for 74-yards to start the scoring in the second quarter. He did a good job staying patient and making plays when nothing was there all evening. Unfortunately, when the Eagles took the lead late in the fourth quarter, Eleby had one of his passes batted down at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by defensive lineman Michael Smith Jr with just 2:24 left. The Broncos wouldn't see the ball again and lost the game by one. The 6-5 Broncos take on Northern Illinois next Tuesday.
Northern Illinois Huskies Game Notes
Northern Illinois junior QB Rocky Lombardi completed 17-of-27 passes for 197 yards in a 33-27 overtime victory over Buffalo this Wednesday. Lombardi (6'3/227) had put up some prodigious passing marks over the past few weeks, but the Huskies relied on the run game to bring home the win and secure the MAC West Division championship in the process. It's an especially impressive feat considering NIU was winless during the pandemic shortened 2020 season. Northern Illinois absolutely mauled Buffalo on the ground, racking up 309 rushing yards at a 6.8 yards per play clip on the day. Though Lombardi lacked many highlight reel worthy plays, he steadily moved the ball down the field and helped NIU achieve 25 first downs while punting just twice. The MAC West champs wrap up their regular season against Western Michigan next Tuesday.
Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois Week 13 Betting Prediction
The Broncos are just 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games in DeKalb and are 5-15-1 against the number in their last 21 games versus the Huskies overall, while the underdog has cashed in five straight meetings between these two teams. The Broncos are also just 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six road games, are winless against the number in their last four games overall and are 0-4 ATS in their last four games as a favorite. The Huskies, meanwhile, have covered in six of their last eight games overall.
College Football Week 13 Prediction: NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES +3.5