ESPN's FPI predicts outcome for Miami (OH) vs. Northwestern
Northwestern football has taken a tumble since its Week 0 victory over Nebraska in Dublin. Is this the week where the Wildcats pick up their first win on American soil?
ESPN’s FPI predicted the outcome for this weekend’s matchup between Miami (OH) and Northwestern. No surprise, the Wildcats received a 64.4% chance to take down the RedHawks at Ryan Field in Evanston.
The RedHawks, who enter Saturday with a 1-2 record, only have a 35.6% chance of winning. In large part, Miami (OH) offense has been inept, ranking 118th in total offense and 112th in scoring (20.3).
Offensively, Northwestern has remained combative. Wildcats quarterback Ryan Hilinski has completed 63.8% of his throws for 962 yards and 5 touchdowns. Last week in a stunning 31-24 loss to Southern Illinois, Hilinski tossed a pair of interceptions and was credited with a fumble. The fumble in the 4th quarter would lead to a 1-yard touchdown run by SLU’s Nic Baker, giving the Salukis a 31-17 lead.
Defensively, the Wildcats have been inconsistent. Northwestern is currently allowing opponents to average 30 points per game and roughly 285 yards passing. Second-half collapses have also factored into the team’s 1-2 record on the season.
Kickoff from Ryan Field is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. The Wildcats are a 7.5-favorite over the RedHawks, according to Oddscheckers.