Free Week 1 Prediction: Broncos vs Wildcats Odds
Looking for Western Michigan Broncos vs. Northwestern Wildcats free picks? Week 1 College football betting sees the Broncos taking on the Wildcats Saturday September 3rd at Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
((0-0) Western Michigan Broncos vs. Northwestern Wildcats (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 3rd
Time: 9:30 PM
Venue: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: Northwestern -5.5
NCAA Betting Total: 52
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The MAC and Big 10 clash in Week 1 as the Western Michigan Broncos head into Northwestern.
Western Michigan expects to be one of the top teams in the MAC and have upsets on their mind against a Northwestern team looking to build off a very successful 2015.
Western Michigan Broncos
After starting last season 1-3, the Broncos rattled off 5 straight wins. Not only did they gain bowl eligibility with the winning streak, but it also set them up in the MAC West.
However, a loss to Northern Illinois sealed their fate, but they did upset Toledo in the final game of the season to ruin their chances at the MAC West title.
The Broncos are in store for a giant season here in 2016.
They return almost all their players and have one of the best offenses in the MAC. QB Zach Terrell threw for 3,526 yards to go along with 29 touchdowns last year and returns almost all his offensive line, along with 2 dominant running back.
This Broncos team has zero fear.
Expect them to air the ball out and take plenty of chances down field against the Wildcats.
In fact, they have a much better offense than Northwestern, which means if the Broncos defense can step up and cause havoc in the Wildcats backfield, the Broncos could be poised for a Week 1 upset.
The Wildcats are coming in off one of their most impressive seasons in quite some time.
Northwestern comes in off a 10-3 season, but the schedule does them no favors here in 2016.
Northwestern will endure tough road games within Big 10 play, along with a couple of non conference opponents that can cause them fits.
However, they’ll have some returning key parts that can really lead this team. One in particular is RB Justin Jackson. The RB had 2605 yards in his last 2 seasons with the Wildcats and will get a lot of the load this year.
However, one key, which is something to watch here against Western Michigan is the passing game for Northwestern. The offense was 120th in the nation last year in yards per game and had one of the worst passing offenses in the nation.
Quarterback Clayton Thorson will be in his 2nd season as the playcaller and will be asked to do a lot more here in 2016. The Wildcats having a successful season really relies on him being successful.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Broncos are 18-7 ATS in their last 25 games overall.
- Broncos are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games on grass.
- Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
- Wildcats are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 home games
- Wildcats are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 vs. MAC.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction
This is going to be a very interesting Week 1 game. Anytime a Big 10 team loses to a MAC team, it doesn’t go unnoticed.
The Broncos offense is going to cause a lot of problems here for the Wildcats.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Western Michigan +5.5
Look for Western Michigan to not shy away from taking deep shots down the field. If they get out early, the Wildcats could be in a lot of trouble.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Western Michigan 31 – Northwestern 27
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