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Handicapping Northwestern (7.5)
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The Northwestern Wildcats are coming off a 10-win season, but they have to replace their all-time leading rusher and they have to hope that quarterback Clayton Thorson is healthy. Winning 10 games again in 2018 will not be easy, but most of the tough games for Northwestern in 2018 are at home and they don’t have to play Ohio State or Penn State. 

Let’s look at the Wildcats schedule to see if they will go over of under their win total of 7.5.

2018 Northwestern Wildcats Regular Season Win Total - per BetDSI.eu
Over 7.5 (-115)
Under 7.5 (-115)


2018 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule Analysis

Aug. 30 at Purdue
The Wildcats don’t have a non-conference opponent to fatten up on to start the season, as they have to get right into Big Ten play against Purdue. The Wildcats should win this game, but only if Thorson is completely healthy and ready to go.

Sept. 8 Duke
This is a tricky home opener for Northwestern, as Duke is capable of springing the upset. The good news for Northwestern is that they have won the last two games in this series.

Sept. 15 Akron
This should be a breather for the Wildcats before they have to run the gauntlet. The Zips have not won a game against a Big Ten team this decade and they shouldn’t win this one.

Sept. 29 Michigan
The first huge game of the season comes in late September, as the Wildcats host Michigan. The Wolverines are expected to be improved, so this is a huge litmus test for Northwestern and a likely home loss.

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Oct. 6 at Michigan State
The Wildcats have actually won the last two games in this series, so Michigan State will not be overlooking Northwestern. This looks like a road defeat for the Wildcats.

Oct. 13 Nebraska
The Cornhuskers have a new head coach in Scott Frost and a new outlook. This could be a tough home contest for the Wildcats.

Oct. 20 at Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights have been an easy win for most Big Ten teams, as Rutgers is just 5-22 in the Big Ten since 2015. This should be a road win for Northwestern.

Oct. 27 Wisconsin
The Wildcats have the home field edge in this contest, but Wisconsin is considered one of the top teams in the Big Ten, so this looks like a home loss.

Nov. 3 Notre Dame
The Wildcats get to play at home again, but they will be home underdogs to a Notre Dame team that could be a national title contender.

Nov. 10 at Iowa
The Wildcats have won the last two in this series, but this game is on the road and Iowa is normally very good at home.

Nov. 17 at Minnesota
The Gophers will want revenge for last season when they were shutout by Northwestern. This will not be an easy game for the Wildcats, but one they need to win if they are to finish with a winning record.

Nov. 24 Illinois
This is a rivalry game and it should go the way of the Wildcats, as they are at home and they have taken four of the last five in the series.

2018 Northwestern Wildcats Regular Season Win Total Prediction

The Wildcats don’t have to play Ohio State or Penn State, but their schedule is still difficult. The only real advantage they have is getting to play some of their tough games at home. That may not be enough of an edge, as Northwestern is not known as a team that has a big home field advantage.

The win total for the Wildcats is set at 7.5 games. That number seems too high, considering the team will have to win eight games to go over that number. Breaking down the schedule we find five games that Northwestern should win (Purdue, Duke, Akron, Rutgers, Illinois), four games they are likely to lose (Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin) and three toss-up games (Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota). The Wildcats would need to win all three of their toss-up games to get to eight wins and go over their win total of 7.5.

That seems unlikely, so we’ll go under the win total of 7.5 for the 2018 Northwestern Wildcats.

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