NIU Huskies vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NIU Huskies vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Wolverines (-27)
The Michigan Wolverines (2-0) will play the NIU Huskies (1-1) at Michigan Stadium on Saturday. Michigan opens as 27-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 56.
The NIU Huskies step onto the field holding a record of 1-1 this year. In their last matchup, the Huskies faced the Wyoming Cowboys and took a loss by a score of 50-43. Rocky Lombardi finished 19/36 with 233 yds through the air and 1 TD. He had a QB rating of 99.6 and ended the contest with 3 interceptions. Harrison Waylee was the rushing leader for the Huskies with 26 totes for 179 yds (6.9 yds per carry). The NIU Huskies ran the ball a total of 38 times and accrued 244 yds, which came out to an average of 6.4 yards per tote. When the final whistle blew, they ran 74 plays which totaled 477 yds. NIU conceded 13 pass completions on 23 attempts for 204 yards, and a completion percentage of 56.5%. On the ground, the Huskies conceded 191 yards on 45 tries, which is an average of 4.2 yds per run allowed.
The Huskies have earned 778 yards in total over the course of this year. With reference to getting the ball in the endzone, NIU has amassed 3 touchdowns via the pass and 6 touchdowns on the ground. NIU has compiled 37 1st downs, and they have committed 16 penalties for 132 yds. Offensively they have an average of 204.5 yards via the ground game which has them sitting 30th in D-1. When it comes to scoring, the NIU Huskies are averaging 32.5 points per outing.
When talking about yards through the air, the Huskies have given up 360 yds which has them sitting in 74th in the nation. They have conceded 180.0 yards per game through the air and conceding a completion percentage of 57.1%. Over the course of this season, they are giving up 412.0 yards per contest which puts them 120th in the country. The opposition is running for an average of 4.8 yards per rush and 232.0 rushing yards per game this year. During the season, they have allowed 464 yards via the running game in 2 games. The Huskies sit in 128th in the nation when it comes to team defense, conceding 35.5 points per game.
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The Wolverines come into this game with a record of 2-0 for this season. When they last stepped on the field, the Wolverines got the victory with a final of 31-10 against the Washington Huskies. Cade McNamara finished the contest with 44 yards on 7/15 passing while his QB rating was 71.3. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 2.9. Hassan Haskins ran the ball 27 times for 155 yds, ending the game with 5.7 yards per attempt for Michigan. Michigan ran for 6.1 yds per carry, finishing the game with 343 yards on 56 attempts. The Wolverines finished with a total of 387 yards and they ran 71 plays (5.5 yards per play). The Wolverines passing defense allowed a completion rate of 54.1%, relinquishing 293 yards on 20 for 37 passing. Michigan surrendered 32 attempts on the ground for 50 yards (1.6 yds per carry).
In relation to their scoring prowess, the Wolverines rank 33rd in the nation averaging 39.0 points per contest. During the season to this point, the Wolverines currently have a total of 260 passing yards as well as an average of 130.0 throwing yards per game, giving them a rank of 110th in Division 1. The Michigan Wolverines hold an average of 469.0 yards/game, ranking them 25th in the nation. The Michigan offense has totaled 108 yds of penalties on 11 infractions, which has them sitting 68th in D-1 in terms of hurting your team.
Michigan has surrendered a total of 169 rushing yards (84.5 yards per contest) and 1 touchdown on the ground this season. They have given up 2 touchdowns through the air as well as 242.0 yards/outing, ranking them 113th in the nation. The Wolverines defense has been on the field for 138 plays, ranking them 101st in the country. The Wolverines are conceding 12.0 points per contest, which has them ranked 32nd in Division 1. Overall, they have conceded 24 total points.
Who will win tonight's Huskies/Wolverines college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Wolverines -27
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