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Northern Illinois vs. Nebraska Point Spread Pick from Scott Spreitzer: September 16th 2017

Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Point Spread Pick: NIU +14 (September 16th 2017)
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I’m recommending a play on Northern Illinois plus the points over Nebraska. The Huskers hired former UConn HC Bob Diaco as their new Defensive Coordinator in the off-season.  Diaco has switched the “Blackshirts” to a base 3-4. General consensus around college football is that it can take half a season, sometimes longer for players to acclimate to the 3-4.  We played against Nebraska in week-one, a winning ticket for us on Arkansas State.  We passed last week’s game, but the defense struggled for the second straight week. The Huskers are allowing 531.5 total yards per game, including 390 yards per game through the air.  The defense is getting little pressure on the QB.  We expect more of the same this week against a team with a pair of capable RBs, who will force the Huskers to play an honest brand of defense.  Jordan Huff and Marcus Jones both ran well last week in a 38-10 win over EIU and QB Daniel Santacaterina should be able to enjoy enough time to go through his progressions.

Nebraska’s offense is dangerous, but mistake-prone at QB. Tanner Lee threw no less than four INTs in last week’s game against a shaky Oregon defense.  MAC teams get up for Big-10 teams and NIU is no different, covering 10 of their last 11 against Big-10 opponents.  NIU is on an 11-3-1 ATS run on the road, including covering four in a row.  I expect NIU to hang the number in Lincoln.  I’m recommending a play on Northern Illinois plus the points. Thanks & GL!  Scott Spreitzer.

Ohio vs. Northern Illinois Football Prediction: Jack Jones betting the Bobcats +13.5 points

Jack Jones - College Football PickOhio Bobcats vs. Northern Illinois Huskies
Betting Prediction: Ohio +13.5 (November 24th 2015)
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Northern Illinois certainly has a lot to play for here. A win would put it in the MAC Championship Game for a sixth consecutive season. But I believe that fact has the Huskies overvalued here as 13.5-point favorites. Asking them to win by two touchdowns to cover against this surging Ohio team is asking too much.

The Bobcats have been playing great coming in. They beat Kent State 27-0 and outgained the Golden Flashes by 256 yards in the process. Then they racked up 607 total yards in a 48-31 home win over Ball State, outgaining the Cardinals by 186 yards.

Many will look at the Bobcats’ losses to Bowling Green (24-62) and Buffalo (17-41) in their previous two games and think they can’t hang with Northern Illinois. But a closer look at the box score of those games shows they were not that big of blowouts.

They were only outgianed by 38 yards against Bowling Green, and they actually outgained Buffalo by 49 yards. But they were -6 in turnover differential in those two games. They didn’t commit a turnover in either of their last two games, and they’ve committed one or fewer turnovers in eight of their 11 games this season, so it was an aberration.

I think the Huskies are also overvalued here because they have been making the betting public a lot of money here of late. They are 6-0 SU & 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games overall. There’s no question that oddsmakers have been forced to shade this line towards the Huskies because they know the betting public is going to continue to back them. You may even get +14 by the time this game goes off on Tuesday.

One thing that really stands out to me is how tough Ohio has played Northern Illinois in recent meetings. Indeed, the Bobcats are 5-3 straight up in their last eight meetings. They are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five meetings. Their three losses in the last eight meetings have come by 7, 3 and 7 points. That includes a 14-21 home loss to the Huskies last season in which the Bobcats outgained them 344-325.

The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings. The Bobcats are 5-1 ATS intheir last six games following a win. The Huskies are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games vs. a team with a winning record. Bet Ohio Tuesday.

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Toledo vs. Northern Illinois: Tony George betting Toledo -7 on November 3rd 2015

Tony George - College Football PickToledo Rockets vs. Northern Illinois Huskies
Betting Pick: Toledo -7 (November 3rd 2015)
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The Toledo Rockets face a “ perceived” stiff test tonight at home on ESPN 2 as they have a 4 game run upcoming that is not going to be easy folks, and the Rockets are off a near miss against U Mass their last game before settling in and hanging 51 on the scoreboard and covering a -14.5 Las Vegas Line. The good news is that was a wakeup call for the Rockets and they faced some adversity and prevailed, that’s a good thing. Now the Huskies of Northern Illinois come calling in a rare Tuesday Game, and Northern Illinois has the better QB in this game, however NIU faces the nation’s 13th leading defense allowing just 12 points per game.

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Toledo has beaten everyone and covered every spread this year, and lest you forget Toledo went in the Arkansas against SEC talent and walked out of their a winner, and if you look at Northern Illinois, the only team they faced that was really any good was Ohio State and they managed an impressive 20-13 loss, but Ohio State didn’t really show up in that game, had QB issues and was laying 35 points, and I gladly took NIU in that game. Drew Hare is a great QB for NIU and I have no doubts he can put up some points tonight however the defense of Toledo, especially at home and at night on national TV will be the story.

Toledo gets little respect and frankly this is their one chance on national TV to make a statement and I feel the Huskies will have issues putting up more than 14-17 points tonight I can clearly see Toledo having a good night offensively, and enough of them to cover the number. Northern Illinois let teams like UNLV score 30 on them, and Ball State 41 points, so I see Toledo getting near their 37 ppg average tonight and winning this by 2 TD’s. The points look tempting, but I have to go with the better defense at home here.