Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan odds, line, start time: Picks, top predictions from proven model on 30-12 roll

Two of the top teams in the Mid-American Conference take center stage on 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday when the Northern Illinois Huskies visit the Western Michigan Broncos. The Huskies have already wrapped up the MAC West, but still need a win in this MACtion battle after being upset by Miami (Ohio) last week. Both teams have a negative point-differential and coming off against the spread losses. The Huskies are 6.5-point road favorites, while the Over-Under for total points scored is 51 in the latest Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan odds. Before locking in your own selections, be sure to check out the Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan picks and predictions from SportsLine's proven model. 

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks. 

The model was red-hot in Week 12, nailing Oklahoma State's outright upset of West Virginia. And when it comes to all top-rated picks, the model went a blistering 12-5 last week, extending its overall run to 30-12. Anybody who has been following it is way, way up. 

Now the model has simulated every single play of Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan 10,000 times. We can tell you it's calling for 56 total points to be scored, giving plenty of value to the over. It has also revealed a strong against the spread pick, saying one side hits in nearly 60 percent of simulations. You can only see that one at SportsLine.

The model has taken Northern Illinois' strong run through the MAC into account. Tough non-conference games against Iowa, Utah and Florida State were all losses early in the season, but that early gauntlet prepared the Huskies for MAC play. 

The Huskies (7-4, 6-1 MAC) put together a six-game winning streak to secure a MAC West title and a trip the conference championship game next week. A top-ranked MAC defense that is giving up just 340 yards per contest and the work of running back Tre Harbison (161-907-4) will be a major test for Western Michigan on Tuesday. 

But that doesn't guarantee a cover against a Western Michigan (6-5, 4-3 MAC) squad that is bowl-eligible and playing to improve its postseason outlook as well. 

The Broncos took a hit when quarterback Jon Wassink (ankle) went down for the year in late October, but backup Kaleb Eleby has played well in his place, completing almost 70 percent of his passes and throwing four touchdowns against just two interceptions. 

And if there's a flaw in Northern Illinois' defense, it is the secondary, which is giving up 232 yards per game through the air, the ninth-ranked passing defense in the MAC. If Eleby continues to make quality throws and running back LeVante Bellamy (175-1120-6) can take some of the pressure off him, the Broncos have a chance to keep this one within the spread or even pull off the outright upset. 

So which side of the Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan spread hits in nearly 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to be all over, all from the proven computer model that has returned over $4,000 for $100 bettors and is on a 30-12 run on top-rated picks.

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