Eastern Michigan vs NIU NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 11/19/2019
Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles vs NIU Huskies
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Location: Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, IL
Odds/Point Spread: NIU -5.5
Ross Bowers and the NIU Huskies host the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Huskie Stadium on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. NIU opens this game as 5.5-point favorites. The Eagles are 4-6-0 ATS and 6-2-2 when betting on the total. The Huskies are 6-4-0 when wagering on the over/under and 6-4-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Eastern Michigan Eagles played the Akron Zips and won by a score of 42-14. Shaq Vann paced the team on the ground during the game. He broke a long run for 19 yards and he notched 4 touchdowns for the game. He racked up a total of 142 yards on 28 carries which meant he was running for 5.1 yards per run. Mathew Sexton was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 76 yards on 4 receptions. He notched an average of 19.0 yards per catch during the game. Running the show from under center for the Eagles was Mike Glass III who went 20/25 with 246 yards through the air but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He walked away with no picks. The Eagles ended up rushing 42 times and totaled 252 yards giving them an average of 6.0 yards per rushing attempt. For the game, the Eagles totaled 25 first downs and they totaled 1 penalty for 15 yards which is telling in terms of how disciplined they are. In all, they ran 67 plays for 498 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Eastern Michigan conceded 20 catches on 33 attempts totaling 288 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.6%. For this contest, they allowed a total of 342 yards and forced 1 takeaway. Against the run, the Eagles conceded 54 yards on 23 tries which is an average of 2.3 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Eagles come into this game with a record of 5-5 for this season. For total yards, they are currently ranked 6th in the Mid-American Conference and 81st in the country with 3,896 yards. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation with an average of 27.8 points per game, ranking them 75th in the country. As a team, they are averaging 116.1 yards on the ground per contest which is 11th in the conference. The Eagles have one of the worst defenses in college football, allowing 31.3 points per contest which has them at 10th in the conference. When it comes to passing yards, the Eagles have allowed 2,735 yards. Opponents are completing 63.4% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 8.3 yards per try. In terms of rushing yards, Eastern Michigan is allowing 193.8 yards per contest ranking them 8th in the conference and 100th in college football. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.7 yards per rush putting them 6th in the Mid-American Conference and 91st in the nation overall. In total, they have allowed 1,938 rushing yards through 10 contests.
The last time they took the field, the NIU Huskies played the Toledo Rockets and earned the victory by a score of 31-28. Tre Harbison paced the team on the ground for that contest. He had a long run of 26 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown for the game. He scurried for 158 yards via 32 carries which meant he was running for 4.9 yards per tote. Tyrice Richie was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 54 yards on 6 catches. He averaged 9.0 yards per catch for that contest. Leading the way at QB for the Huskies was Ross Bowers who went 15/26 with 193 yards through the air and threw 1 TD. He ended the game without an interception. The Huskies ran the ball a total of 44 times and generated 222 yards giving them an average of 5.0 yards per rushing attempt. Overall, the Huskies totaled 23 1st downs and they had 3 penalties for 24 yards which is telling of the great week of practice this squad had. On the day, they ran 73 plays for a total of 444 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, NIU gave up 26 catches on 38 throws for a total of 300 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.4%. On the ground, the Huskies gave up 208 yards on 38 carries which is an average of 5.5 yards per attempt allowed. Overall, they conceded 508 yards and forced 2 takeaways.
The Huskies step onto the field holding a record of 4-6. NIU is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 129.1 yards on the ground per contest, which has them at 110th in the nation. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,291 rushing yards through 10 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Huskies average 372 yards per contest overall which has them at 93rd in college football and 7th in the MAC. The Huskies are giving up 27.9 points per contest which puts them at 3rd in the Mid-American Conference and 69th in D-1. Their pass defense is one of the middle of the road units in college football. They are conceding 208.3 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Huskies are currently ranked 5th in the MAC. When talking about points allowed, they have given up 279 points in total. When talking about yards on the ground, they are conceding 180.1 yards per contest ranking them 87th in the nation and 3rd in the Mid-American Conference. For this season, they have allowed a total of 1,801 yards rushing and 20 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Eagles/Huskies college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Eagles +5.5
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