Auburn Tigers vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 1/1/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Auburn Tigers vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Friday, January 1, 2021
Location: Camping World Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Auburn (+2.5)
Camping World Stadium is the site where Peyton Ramsey and the Northwestern Wildcats (6-2) will take on the Auburn Tigers (6-4) on New Year's Day in the Citrus Bowl. Auburn opens this game as 2.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 46.
The last time they took the field, the Auburn Tigers went up against the Mississippi State Bulldogs and went home with the win by a score of 24-10. Tank Bigsby paced the team in rushing in this game. He broke a long run for 34 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He racked up a total of 192 yards by way of 26 carries which meant he averaged 7.4 yards per run. Seth Williams led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 57 yards on 3 receptions. He had an average of 19.0 yards per catch in this game. Bo Nix went 15/32 with 125 yards by way of passing and tossed 1 TD. He walked away with no picks.
Regarding putting points on the board, the Auburn Tigers are averaging 25.7 PPG. As a unit they maintain an average of 172.7 yards on the ground which ranks them 58th in Division 1. The Tigers currently have 3,850 total yards this year. With reference to scoring touchdowns, Auburn has earned 11 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns. When talking about passing yardage, the Tigers are giving up 2,378 yds which ranks them 102nd in the country. Overall, they have surrendered 400.9 yards per game which ranks them 72nd in Division 1. The Tigers sit in 47th in the nation when it comes to their opponents scoring, allowing 23.7 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.3 yards per rushing attempt and 163.1 rushing yards per game for the campaign. In their 10 games played, they are conceding 237.8 yards per outing through the air and conceding a completion percentage of 64.1%. For the year, they have allowed 1,631 yards via the running game in 10 games.
Bo Nix has completed 406 of his attempted career 692 passes for a completion percentage of 58.7%. He is passing for 202.8 yds per contest. For his career, Nix has passed for 4,665 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 picks. His QB rating is 124.4 with a TD percentage of 3.9% and an interception percentage of 1.9%. Since he has been in college, he has attempted a run 195 times totaling 669 yards.
The last time they took the field, the Northwestern Wildcats faced the Ohio State Buckeyes and were on the losing end of this game by a score of 22-10. Cam Porter led the team on the ground for that contest. His longest run of the day went for 16 yards and he added 1 touchdown for this game. He scurried for 61 yards by way of 16 carries which meant he was running for 3.8 yards per run. Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 103 yards on 8 receptions. He had an average of 12.9 yards per reception for that contest. Peyton Ramsey went 24/37 with 224 yards by way of passing but didn't get a passing TD in this game. He gave away 2 interceptions for the contest.
During this campaign so far, the Wildcats have racked up 1,490 passing yards along with an average of 186.3 throwing yards per outing, which has them ranked 106th in Division 1. The Northwestern Wildcats have an average of 348.6 yards per game ranking them 100th in the nation. They hold an average of 162.4 rushing yards per game and have toted the ball for 1,299 yards for this season. In terms of the points being put on the board, the Wildcats are sitting 97th in the nation scoring 23.4 points per contest. The Wildcats are surrendering 15.5 points per game, ranking them 17th in the nation. Over the course of the season, they have conceded 124 points in total. Northwestern has allowed the opposition a total of 1,252 yards via the ground game (156.5 yards per contest) in addition to 4 touchdowns via the rush for the year. They have given up 7 touchdowns through the air in addition to 182.3 yards/outing, which puts them in 26th in the country.
Ramsey has thrown 51 touchdowns while giving up 31 picks in his career. His TD percentage is 4.3% and his interception percentage is 2.6%. He has left the pocket and rushed for 1,045 yds on 373 attempts. He is averaging 205.7 yds per game through the air with a 130.2 QB rating. In the 39 games in his collegiate career, Peyton Ramsey has connected on 781 of his 1,199 attempts for 8,023 yds.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers +2.5
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