Eastern Michigan Eagles vs NIU Huskies Prediction, 10/21/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles vs NIU Huskies
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
Location: Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Huskies (-11)
The NIU Huskies (3-4) will go up against the Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-3) at Huskie Stadium on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Eastern Michigan is 11-point dogs from oddsmakers. The over/under is 46.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles head into this game 4-3 for this season. In their last contest, the Eagles played the Kent State Golden Flashes and earned the victory with a final of 28-14. Samson Evans was the rushing leader for the Eagles with 13 carries for 47 yds (3.6 yards per carry). Austin Smith finished 9/25 with 118 yards through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rate of 88.8 and ended the game without throwing an interception. Against the rush, the Eagles gave up 163 yds on 43 tries, which averages out to 3.8 yards per run allowed. Eastern Michigan gave up 14 pass completions on 36 tries for 180 yds, and a completion rate of 38.9%. For the game, they tallied 62 plays for 218 yds. The Eastern Michigan Eagles ended up running the ball 37 different times and accounted for 100 yards, which came out to an average of 2.7 yds per carry.
The Eagles have earned 1,772 total yards this season. With reference to getting in the endzone, Eastern Michigan has earned 6 passing touchdowns and 7 touchdowns via the ground. They have turned the football over 7 different times. Eastern Michigan has compiled 106 1st downs as an offense, and they have been hurt by 38 penalties for 369 yds. Offensively they're averaging 111.1 yards on the ground which has them sitting 115th in the nation. Regarding putting points on the board, the Eastern Michigan Eagles are sitting at 19.0 PPG.
The Eagles sit in 28th in D-1 concerning team defense, allowing 19.4 points per contest. The opposition is running for 5.0 yards per rushing attempt and 203.3 yards on the ground per game so far this season. During the season, they have allowed 1,423 rushing yards through 7 outings. In terms of passing yards, the Eagles have allowed 1,299 yds which ranks them 37th in D-1. They have conceded 185.6 yards per contest via the pass as well as conceding a completion percentage of 54.3%. For the season, they are giving up 388.9 yards per contest putting them 83rd in D-1. They have yielded 8 touchdowns through the air in addition to 8 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Huskies head into this game 3-4 for this year. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Huskies went home victorious with a score of 23-13 when they played the Ohio Bobcats. Rocky Lombardi (1 TD) ended the game with 172 yards on 15/23 passing while his quarterback rating was 142.4. He kept the ball away from the defense with no interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 7.5. Gavin Williams carried the football 10 times for 55 yds, walking away from the contest with 5.5 yards per attempt for NIU. The Huskies ended up finishing with 302 yards and they ran 57 plays (5.3 yds per play). NIU rushed for 3.8 yards per carry, finishing the contest with 130 yds on 34 carries. NIU allowed 26 running attempts for 95 yards (3.7 yds per rush). The Huskies secondary conceded a completion percentage of 61.1%, relinquishing 159 yards on 22 for 36 passing.
Regarding how much they score, the Huskies are ranked 91st in the nation holding an average of 24.9 points per game. The NIU Huskies have an average of 351.3 yards/game, which is good for 95th in D-1. The NIU offense has compiled 268 yards of penalties on 29 violations, which is good for 113th in D-1 in terms of helping out the opposition. They have tossed 6 interceptions while surrendering 3 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 123 1st downs. Over the course of the season thus far, the Huskies have a total of 1,341 passing yards as well as holding an average of 191.6 throwing yards per contest, putting them at 111th in college football. They average 159.7 rushing yards per game and have run for 1,118 yards for the year.
NIU has surrendered a total of 1,085 rushing yards (155.0 yards per game) as well as 13 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the season. They have allowed 7 touchdowns through the air in addition to 165.4 yards per game, which has them in 9th in the country. They have tallied 3 fumbles and 7 picks so far this year. The Huskies defense has taken the field for 452 plays, which is good for 89th in college football. The Huskies are allowing 22.4 PPG, ranking them 47th in Division 1. In total, they have relinquished 157 points.
Who will win tonight's Eagles/Huskies college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Eagles +11
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