Northwestern vs Indiana NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Memorial Stadium "The Rock"
Memorial Stadium is the venue where Michael Penix Jr. and the Indiana Hoosiers will take on the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday. The odds on this contest have Indiana as 10.5-point favorites. The Wildcats are 2-5-0 ATS and 2-5-0 when betting on the total. The Hoosiers are 4-4-0 when wagering on the over/under and 5-3-0 against the spread.
In their last outing, the Northwestern Wildcats played the Iowa Hawkeyes and ended up taking the loss by a score of 20-0. Isaiah Bowser paced the team in rushing in the game. He tore off a long run of 6 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for a total of 36 yards via 14 carries which meant he averaged 2.6 yards per carry. Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 41 yards on 4 catches. He had an average of 10.3 yards per reception in the game. Leading the way at QB for the Wildcats was Aidan Smith who went 18/32 with 138 yards through the air but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He tossed 1 pick on the day. The Wildcats ran the football 35 times and totaled 64 yards earning them an average of 1.8 yards per rushing attempt. For the game, the Wildcats earned 13 1st downs and they totaled 2 penalties for 21 yards telling us that this team was extremely focused in this game. On the day, they totaled 67 plays for a total of 202 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Northwestern allowed 12 catches on 26 throws for a total of 179 yards, and a completion percentage of 46.2%. Against the run, the Wildcats allowed 123 yards on 40 attempts which gave them an average of 3.1 yards per attempt allowed. In the game, they allowed 302 yards but weren't able to add any takeaways.
The Wildcats come into this game with a record of 1-6 this year. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the country with an average of 10.7 points per contest, putting them 131st in Division 1. As a team, they are averaging 140.6 rushing yards per contest which is 10th in the Big Ten Conference. For total yards, they are currently ranked 14th in the Big Ten and 131st in Division 1 with 1,866 yards. The Wildcats have one of the average defenses in college football, giving up 24.4 points per game ranking them 9th in the Big Ten. When it comes to yards through the air, the Wildcats have conceded 882 yards. Opponents are completing 61.5% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 6.6 yards per try. When talking about rushing yards, Northwestern is allowing 160.3 yards per game putting them 10th in the conference and 69th in the country. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.3 yards per rush putting them 11th in the conference and 70th in Division 1 overall. Overall, they have allowed 1,122 rushing yards through 7 games.
The last time they took the field, the Indiana Hoosiers played the Nebraska Cornhuskers and won by a score of 38-31. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Hoosiers was Peyton Ramsey who went 27/40 with 351 yards passing and added 2 TD's. He gave away 1 interception in the game. Stevie Scott III led the team on the ground during the game. His longest run of the day went for 16 yards and he notched 1 touchdown for the game. He ran for 68 yards by way of 16 carries which meant he was running for 4.3 yards per carry. Whop Philyor was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 178 yards on 14 receptions. He earned an average of 12.7 yards per reception during the game. The Hoosiers ran the ball 31 times and racked up 104 yards giving them an average of 3.4 yards per run. In the game, the Hoosiers got 24 1st downs and they had a total of 6 infractions for 84 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. Overall, they ran 71 plays for a total of 455 yards. In terms of defense, Indiana gave up 20 catches on 23 tries for a total of 294 yards, and a completion percentage of 87.0%. For the game, they conceded a total of 514 yards and forced 2 takeaways. On the ground, the Hoosiers gave up 220 yards on 50 carries which is an average of 4.4 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Hoosiers come into this matchup with a record of 6-2. In discussing the offensive production, the Hoosiers have one of the most prolific offenses in the country. Indiana hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 138.4 rushing yards per contest, putting them 97th in Division 1. As a unit, they have a total of 1,107 yards rushing through 8 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Hoosiers average 451.1 yards per game overall which has them at 29th in Division 1 and 2nd in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are giving up 22.1 points per game which puts them at 8th in the conference and 38th in Division 1. In terms of points given up, they have allowed 177 points in total. In discussing yards on the ground, they are allowing 140.1 yards per game ranking them 46th in D-1 and 8th in the conference. In 2019, they have given up a total of 1,121 rushing yards and 10.4 rushing touchdowns. Their passing defense is one of the elite groups in the nation. They are allowing 184.4 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Hoosiers currently sit at 7th in the Big Ten Conference.
Who will win tonight's Wildcats/Hoosiers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Wildcats +10.5
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