The 2021 college football betting season continues with Week 13 on Tuesday, November 23, when the Mid-American Conference clash between Western Michigan and Northern Illinois will take place at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois. We’ve assembled the best Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois betting pick and odds for this week’s game.
Western Michigan Broncos vs Northern Illinois Huskies Betting Odds & Line Movement
The Denver Broncos are 3.5-point road underdogs against the Northern Illinois Huskies, according to Illinois Sportsbooks. Western Michigan is a -170 bet to win straight up, while Northern Illinois is a +150 underdog.
Notes On The Western Michigan Broncos
The Western Michigan Broncos (6-5; 4-6-1 ATS) lost their third game in four outings on Tuesday, falling 22-21 at home to the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Broncos suffered a 12-point third-quarter deficit and allowed 13 unanswered points to the Eagles, giving them their third defeat in the last four games.
The defense allowed 485 yards and 422 return yardage in a home victory over Nevada. Kaleb Eleby completed 22 of 29 passes for 307 yards, a touchdown, and an interception, while Skyy Moore had 12 catches for 181 yards and one touchdown.
Eleby has thrown for 2,777 yards, 16 touchdowns, and five interceptions so far this season. The Broncos are scoring 29 points per game (59th in the country) on 447.5 yards (25th) while giving up 29 points per game (tied-88th) on 342.5 total yards.
Notes On The Northern Illinois Huskies
The Northern Illinois Huskies (8-3, 7-3-1 ATS) outlasted the Buffalo Bulls 33-27 in overtime last Thursday to secure their trip to the MAC title game. It was their second straight win and seventh in the previous eight games at any site.
The Huskies nearly blew a 14-point cushion against the Bulls. Ratkovich’s 25-yard touchdown run in overtime clinched the win for Northern Illinois, which accumulated 308 rushing yards on 47 attempts over the course of the game.
Rocky Lombardi, the Huskies’ backup signal-caller, finished 17 of his 27 passes for 197 yards. Over the past four games, Lombardi has thrown for seven touchdowns and just one interception. The Huskies are averaging 31.6 points per game (tied-45th) while giving up 32.7 (109th).
Pick & Prediction: Northern Illinois Huskies +3.5
It’s difficult to predict the final score since the hosts will rest some players and the visitors have nothing to play for. The betting trends suggest that the Huskies, who have won four of their past six matches by six points or fewer, will cover the spread.
Western Michigan and Northern Illinois played two games so far this season. The last game was tied. We should see another game like this one. Western Michigan has trouble playing against Northern Illinois’ rushing, so the hosts will probably win with some of their best players on the bench.
The total has gone over in four of the Broncos’ past six games and four of the Huskies’ previous five, so it’s a good bet that this number goes up even more.
The Broncos and Huskies have played two games so far. Both of those games went under. But this time, we might see a high-scoring game. The Broncos have allowed 31 or more points in five of their last six games, and four of the last five Huskies’ games have been over 60 points combined.