Free Week 11 Prediction: Wildcats vs. Boilermakers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 11
(3-0) Northwestern Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers (2-0)
Date: Saturday, November 14th, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Rose-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana
NCAA Football Spread: Northwestern -2.5
NCAA Betting Total: 50.5
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We did not exactly think this game would have Big Ten implications, but it does. Because of the situation Wisconsin has been going through, it is very possible that one of these two teams could be in the Big Ten championship.
Both teams are undefeated at the moment and Northwestern especially has looked impressive.
The Wildcats are a perfect 3-0 on the season after handling Nebraska. Though the score against the Cornhuskers was 21-13. They were even losing at halftime 13-7, but rallied in the second half. They scored 14 straight points to come away with the win.
Northwestern only had 317 total yards of offense with 169 yards of that being through the air. Their quarterback certainly struggled, throwing two interceptions and two touchdowns. The Wildcats rank just 86th in the country in total offense. Their passing offense ranks 107th, and their rushing offense ranks 29th. At the same time, they only score 28.3 points per game.
Defensively, the Wildcats allowed a total of 442 yards to the Cornhuskers. But remember, they only allowed 13 points so they were stout when they needed to be. Northwestern have the 18th ranked defense, allowing 318 yards per game. Both their passing and rushing defense ranks in the top 30 and their scoring defense allows just 12 points per game.
The Boilermakers will make their return to the field after their game against Wisconsin was cancelled last week. They are 2-0, but last played on Halloween. This was a 31-24 win over Illinois. Purdue had 447 total yards of offense and were led mainly by their quarterback. He threw for 375 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, the Boilermakers had just 72 yards, an average of 2.3 yards per carry.
Purdue has a top 15 passing offense, so this will be how they attack Northwestern. If the Wildcats take away the passing offense, it will be a long game because Purdue cannot run the ball.
Their defense ranks 97th in the country an through two games are giving up an average of 466 yards per game. They allowed 24 points to the Fighting Illini as mentioned and they certainly do not have a good offense. The Boilermakers allow 280 passing yards per game and 186 rushing yards per game. The rushing defense will be key here if they want to stop the Wildcats from controlling the clock.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 35-15-2 in NW last 52 games as a favorite.
- Road team is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
- NW are 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 road games.
Free Week 11 NCAA Football Pick
In a game that means a lot in the Big Ten, both teams should be ready to play. The Boilermakers may be a little rusty because they have not played in over a week, which in turn makes me believe the Wildcats can win this game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Under 50.5
Northwestern are a completely different team than what we saw last season and it is because of their defense. Neither team is scoring a ton of points, so I will back the under here.
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