Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois odds: 2021 college football picks, MACtion predictions from top model

The Northern Illinois Huskies and Western Michigan Broncos renew their Mid-American Conference West Division rivalry when they meet in a MACtion matchup on Tuesday night. The Huskies (8-3, 6-1) and Broncos (6-5, 3-4) are both bowl eligible, and will look to finish the regular season on a winning note. Western Michigan, 2-3 on the road, dropped a 22-21 decision to Eastern Michigan last Tuesday. Northern Illinois, 4-1 at home, is coming off a 33-27 overtime win at Buffalo last Wednesday. Western Michigan leads the all-time series 26-20.

The game from Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill., is slated to kick off at 7 p.m. ET. Western Michigan is allowing 29.3 points per game this year, tied for 88th in the nation, while Northern Illinois surrenders 32.7, 109th-best. The Broncos are favored by four points in the latest Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 61. Before locking in any Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan picks or MACtion predictions, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,700 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters Week 13 of the 2021 season on a 39-25 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan and locked in its MACtion picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the odds and college football betting lines for Western Michigan vs. NIU:

Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois spread: Western Michigan -4Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois over-under: 61 pointsWestern Michigan vs. Northern Illinois money line: Western Michigan -180, Northern Illinois +155WMU: The Broncos are 5-2-1 against the spread vs. a team with a winning recordNIU: The Huskies are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall

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Why Western Michigan can cover

The Broncos have an explosive rushing attack. Sophomore running back Sean Tyler leads the team in rushing yards with 889 on 147 carries (6.0 average) and has scored eight touchdowns. Tyler has scored at least one touchdown in each of his last five games. In last week’s loss to Eastern Michigan, Tyler carried 10 times for 52 yards and a touchdown. His best game this season was Oct. 16 against Kent State. In that game he carried 17 times for 169 yards and one touchdown.

Also giving opposing defenses fits is junior running back La’Darius Jefferson. Jefferson has a team-high 10 touchdowns on 175 carries for 766 yards (4.4 average). He carried 12 times for 86 yards at Eastern Michigan last week, including a long run of 22 yards. Against Akron on Nov. 9, he rushed 19 times for 99 yards (5.2 average). His best game was on Sept. 11 against Illinois State when he carried 18 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Why Northern Illinois can cover

After finishing 0-6 last season, NIU’s big turnaround has come with a young roster that includes 75 players who finished high school in 2020 or 2021, and 11 more who graduated in 2019. Of those 86 players, 50 have seen action this season and 32 are listed on the two-deep roster this week. The player making the biggest impact is freshman running back Jay Ducker. Ducker leads the Huskies in rushing with 788 yards and has scored three touchdowns.

Another young player making a big impact is redshirt freshman wide receiver Trayvon Rudolph. Rudolph has 827 receiving yards on 44 receptions (18.8 average) and seven touchdowns, tops on the team. He is coming off a four-catch, 80-yard effort at Buffalo last week. A week earlier against Ball State, he made eight catches for 108 yards. At Kent State on Nov. 3, he caught 14 passes for 309 yards (22.1 average) and three touchdowns. Of his 44 receptions, 32 have come in the past four games.

How to make Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 68 combined points. It also has generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the model’s picks at SportsLine.

So who wins NIU vs. Western Michigan? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to back, all from the advanced model that has crushed its college football picks, and find out.


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