NCAA Football: Wyoming Cowboys vs Northern Illinois Huskies Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/11/2021
Game Time: 1:30 pm ET, Saturday, September 11th, 2021
Venue: Huskie Stadium, DeKalb Illinois
Where to Watch: ESPN +
Opening NCAAF Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Spread: Wyoming -7; Over/Under: 45.5 points
BetMGM: Spread: Wyoming -6.5: Over/Under: 45.5 points
PointsBet: Spread: Wyoming -6.5; Over/Under: 45.5 points
In 2020 the Wyoming Cowboys were 2-4 in a conference only shortened season. They share the mountain west conference with Hawaii, Fresno State, New Mexico, etc… and they didn’t fare well.
In 2020 the Northern Illinois Huskies were 0-6 in a conference only shortened schedule. They had to run the Mid-American conference Michigan gauntlet with Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan… you know they went every direction and lost.
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Wyoming Vs Northern Illinois Preview and Analysis
Northern Illinois: 1-0
The last time these two undefeated college Football programs played, it was a close contest. It was also the first time they met. The WY Cowboys defeated the NIU Huskies 40 - 34. As college football games go, it was like playing the slots. The teams had never faced each other and formulating the best odds was tough. The Wyoming Cowboys have so far struggled against but beat Montana State, while the NIU Huskies had a squeaker of a win over Georgia Tech 22-21.
Wyoming quarterback Sean Chambers played solid in the season opener. 15-26 with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Which is good considering the Cowboys are a rushing team first and foremost. They rushed the ball 43 times for 151 yards and 1 touchdown.. Not a great yards average. They will need more yards per rush against Northern Illinois.
The NIU Huskies are led by Michigan State transfer Rocky Lombardi, a QB that has combined two of the most iconic names into 1 person. Rocky connected on 11 of 17 passes for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. Their rushing offense carried the ball 42 times for 165 yards and 1 touchdown. Look for Harrison Waylee to carry the ball early before coach opens up Rocky’s passing game.
Wyoming’s defense struggled against Montana State, giving up 200 yards passing and 2 passing touchdowns . Their run defense is solid holding Montana State to 121 yards on 30 carries. This of course sets up a very odd, home team home passing vs away team road passing defense. It sounds like gibberish, I know, but if Wyoming brings a weak passing defense into Huskie stadium they could be lit up. That is of course if Northern Illinois starts clicking through the air.
The Huskies rushing defense leaves a lot to be desired. They gave up 273 yards and 2 touchdowns on Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 52 carries. This weakness sets up Wyoming for a lot of hand-offs. Still if they can hold Wyoming's total yards to below the 429 yards they gave up to Georgia Tech (very likely), then all the pressure is on Wyoming.
Cowboys vs Huskies Prediction
Both these teams seem like an underdog. This isn’t a preview of any college football playoff scenario by far and everyone involved knows that. These are the best games to wager on. The team that buckles will break and the point spreads get beaten. The Wyoming Cowboys are favored but there was nothing in their recent play that says they are ready to win out of conference on the road.
Our prediction for Saturday September 11th is NIU Huskies 31 - Wyoming 21
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NCAAF Betting Trends
The total had gone Under in 4 of NIU’s last six games.
Northern Illinois is 1-4 in their last 5 games at home.
Wyoming games have gone Under in 10 of the last 14.
Wyoming is 1-5 in their last 6 games on the road.
Wyoming: No injuries to report
Northern Illinois: No injuries to report
Players to Watch
Wyoming: RB Xazavian Valladay. For Wyoming to win they will have to run the ball a lot. They are already a running offense but Sean Chambers isn’t a big arm and they are on the road. Ground and pound boys.
Northern Illinois: QB Rocky Lombardi. Rocky is playing here because he couldn’t get playing time at Michigan State. This entire season he will be proving that he merited the big recruiting spot coming out of high school… and if he does well he may be on the move again.
“From my experience, you make the most improvement in between the first and second game, and that’s gonna be very important. We will be laboring on Labor Day. We have to stay hungry, and we have to play better. But I will not discredit the execution of the two-minute drive. I thought that was outstanding and our resolve and belief to play.” -Wyoming coach Craig Bohl
"I'm proud of our kids and proud of our coaches. The commitment it takes to go through a season like we did last year with every adversity, nobody made an excuse, nobody got down, everyone still believed and today it was good to see their belief rewarded. I thought we played well in all three phases and gave ourselves a chance." - Huskies coach Tommy Hammock, about the win over Georgia Tech to open the season.
QB Sean Chambers
RB Xazavian Valladay
WR Isaiah Neyor
WR Ayden Eberhardt
TE Treyton Welch
FB Parker Christensen
QB Rocky Lombardi
RB Clint Ratkovich
WR Cole Tucker
WR Tyrice Richie
WR Trayvon Rudolph
TE Miles Joiner
FB Brett Bostad
Rushing: Xazavian Valladay 77 yards
Passing: Sean Chambers 196 yards
Receiving: Ayden Eberhardt 71 yards
Passing: Rocky Lombardi 136 yards
Rushing: Waylee Harrison 144 yards
Receiving: Tyrice Richie 64 yards
Wyoming - Craig Bohl
NIU - Thomas Hammock
Partly Cloudy. 85* 15 MPH winds. Don’t get used to it… if you stay in Northern Illinois it will be cold soon and for a very long winter.