Northern Illinois vs Western Michigan Odds: 2022 College Football Picks, MACtion Predictions From Proven Model

The Northern Illinois Huskies hit the road for a midweek MACtion game on Wednesday night. Northern Illinois visits Kalamazoo to face the Western Michigan Broncos in prime time at Waldo Stadium. Northern Illinois is 2-7 this season, including a 1-4 mark in conference play. Western Michigan is 3-6 overall and 2-3 against MAC competition. The Huskies are 3-6 against the spread, while the Broncos are 4-4-1 ATS in 2022.

Kickoff is at 7:00 PM ET in Kalamazoo. Caesars Sportsbook lists the game as a pick’em, while the over/under or total points Vegas thinks will be scored is 50 in the latest Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois odds. Before making any Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan picks, you should view the college football predictions and betting tips from SportsLine’s advanced computer simulation model.

The SportsLine projection model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past six-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a staggering profit of nearly $3,000 per $100 player on the highest rated college football picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed him has seen tremendous returns.

The model has now turned to Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan and has just locked in its MACtion picks and predictions. You can head over to SportsLine now to see the model selection. Now, here are some college football odds and betting lines for Western Michigan vs. NIU:

  • Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan Spread: Pick’em
  • Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan Over/Under: 50 points
  • Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan money line: NIU -110, WMU -110
  • NI: The Huskies are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games
  • WM: The Broncos are 2-4 against the spread in their last six games
  • Northern Illinois vs. West Michigan Picks: See the picks here

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Why Northern Illinois can cover

Northern Illinois is very difficult for opponents to stop offensively. The Huskies are in the top three in the MAC in scoring, averaging over 30 points and 388.7 total yards per game this season. The running game is the centerpiece of the offense for Northern Illinois, with the second-fastest rushing yards (197.3 per game) and highest yards-per-carry average (4.9) in the conference.

Northern Illinois also allowed the fewest sacks (nine) in the conference, and the Huskies are in the top five in the MAC in yards per pass attempt and passer rating. Importantly, Northern Illinois maintains a very strong 44.3% conversion rate on third down, and running back Harrison Whaley is a true standout. He has 863 rushing yards this season, and Waylee has 97 rushing yards or more in four of the last five games.

Why West Michigan can cover

Western Michigan’s defense has been excellent this season. The Broncos are No. 2 in the MAC in scoring defense, allowing just 26.8 points per game in 2022. Western Michigan is also No. 4 in the conference in total defense (365.1 yards allowed per game), with a top-five passing score defense (231.4 yards allowed per game) and rushing defense (133.7 yards allowed per game). Opponents averaged just 3.8 yards per carry against Western Michigan, with Northern Illinois struggling a bit in key offensive categories.

Notably, the Huskies are in the bottom three in the MAC in passing yards, averaging less than 200 per game. On the other hand, Northern Illinois is in the bottom three of the MAC in touchdown passes allowed (27), passer rating allowed (162.8) and yards per pass attempt allowed (8.5). The Huskies are allowing 33.2 points per game, and Western Michigan is projected to have more offensive success as a result.

How to pick Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan

SportsLine’s model leans toward the total, with four players projected to gain 60 yards or more. The model also says that one side of the spread is hit in 60% of the simulations. You can see the model selection only in SportsLine.

So who wins Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan? And which side of the spread is hit in 60% of the simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan spread you should jump on Wednesday, all from the model that crushed your college football picks, and find out.

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