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Northwestern Wildcats Football
For the first time in over 25 years, the Wildcats finished inside the top-10 last season. That's especially impressive given that it followed a 3-9 season; it will be interesting to see if head coach Pat Fitzgerald can keep the ball rolling in 2021.
Oddsmakers seem to think that the Wildcats' success was a bit of a one-hit-wonder season, giving them a 6.5-game win total heading into 2021. See all of the Wildcats' odds, along with their results against-the-spread (ATS), depth charts, team trends, and more above.
Northwestern Wildcats Point Spreads
Northwestern tied with division rival Indiana for the nation’s best against-the-spread (ATS) win percentage last season, paying off for its spread bettors a massive 87.5% of the time. Point spread betting is the most popular way to bet on college football in the U.S., and it's based on the amount a team wins or loses by. Here’s an example from last season:
- Northwestern -1 (-110)
- Iowa +1 (-110)
The favored Wildcats won the game, 21-20, matching the one point that the spread was set at. This means bettors on either side, Northwestern or Iowa, had their bet returned. For Northwestern bets to have paid off, they would’ve had to win by two or more, while Iowa would have needed to win the game outright (since there are no ties in college football) to cover the spread here.
Northwestern Wildcats Over/Unders
Along with its impressive against-the-spread record in 2020, Northwestern was one of the best teams on which to bet over/unders -- assuming you like to bet the under. With the Big Ten's best defense, allowing fewer than 16 points per game, but a mediocre offense, there wasn’t a ton of scoring on either side when the Wildcats took the field. That’s the whole point of over/unders (sometimes called totals) bets: It’s about the total points scored between both teams.
Sportsbooks set the total for the Wildcats game against Iowa at 43 last season, meaning the 21-20 final was a win for unders. Over bettors needed at least 44 points, while 43 points on the nose would have been a tie.
Northwestern Wildcats Moneylines
With their 7-2 overall record, you might assume that the Wildcats were a printing press for moneylines bettors last season -- since moneylines are just bets on the winner of the game -- but that isn’t necessarily the case. Moneylines bets pay out less to the favorite (minus odds) and more to the underdog (plus odds), and the Wildcats were favored in six of seven wins last season.
As -112 favorites against Iowa, for example, a bettor would need to stake $112 in order to potentially win $100. However, as +245 underdogs to Wisconsin, a $100 bet paid $245 when Northwestern pulled off the upset.
Northwestern Wildcats Props
With their clock-controlling style and stifling defense, it might make more sense to bet the unders on Wildcats player props.
Player props are bets on the stat lines for individual (usually skill position) players, and you can take over or under a specific stat. Some Wildcats props you could bet on include QB Hunter Johnson's passing yards, WR Malik Johnson's receptions, or RB Cam Porter's touchdowns.
Northwestern Wildcats Futures
Sportsbooks are expecting some regression from the Wildcats this season, giving the eighth-best odds to win the Big 10 despite finishing second last year. This is an example of a futures bet, which is a wager that is decided by the entire season. Other futures bets you could place on the Wildcats in 2021 include over/under on season wins and odds for players to win various awards.