Ohio Bobcats vs NIU Huskies Prediction, 10/14/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Ohio Bobcats vs NIU Huskies
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023
Location: Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Huskies (+7)
The Ohio Bobcats (5-1) are en route to Huskie Stadium on Saturday, October 14, 2023 where they will attempt to beat the NIU Huskies (2-4). Ohio opens this matchup as 7-point favorites. The betting total comes in at 47.
The Ohio Bobcats head into this matchup 5-1 this season. In their last game, the Bobcats faced the Kent State Golden Flashes and walked away with a win by a score of 42-17. Kurtis Rourke finished 20/32 with 300 yards through the air and 3 TDs. He had a QB rating of 172.2 and ended the game without throwing a pick. Parker Navarro was the rushing leader for the Bobcats with 3 carries for 65 yds (21.7 yards per attempt). The Ohio Bobcats rushed the ball a total of 35 times and totaled 166 yards, earning them an average of 4.7 yards per carry. At the end of the game, they ran 67 plays which gave them 466 yards. Ohio allowed 11 pass completions on 20 attempts for 119 yds, and a completion rate of 55.0%. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Bobcats conceded 109 yds on 36 tries, which is an average of 3.0 yards per run surrendered.
When talking about scoring points, the Ohio Bobcats have an average of 24.5 PPG. As a team they have an average of 144.3 yards in the run game ranking them 83rd in the country. The Bobcats have earned 2,088 yards in total for the season. In terms of scoring touchdowns, Ohio has compiled 12 touchdowns via the pass and 4 rushing touchdowns. Ohio has 127 1st downs, and they have been flagged for 26 infractions for 245 yds. They have turned the football over 9 different times.
Concerning passing yards, the Bobcats are giving up 972 yds which puts them in 17th in college football. They have conceded 162.0 yards per game through the air and conceding a completion percentage of 59.3%. In total, they are granting 235.7 yards per outing which puts them 4th in the nation. They have granted 6 touchdowns via the pass and 1 touchdown via the ground game. The opposition is running for an average of 3.0 yards per rush and 73.7 rushing yards per game so far this year. During this campaign, they have given up 442 yards via the ground game in 6 outings. The Bobcats sit in 5th in Division 1 concerning the opposition scoring, allowing 11.8 points per contest.
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The Huskies come into this game with a record of 2-4 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Huskies took home the win by a final score of 55-14 against the Akron Zips. Rocky Lombardi (2 touchdowns) ended the game with 191 yards on 10/15 passing while his quarterback rate was 217.6. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 12.7. Antario Brown ran the football 13 times for 280 yds, finishing the game with 21.5 yds per carry for NIU. The Huskies finished the game with a total of 571 yds while they ran 52 plays (11.0 yds per play). NIU rushed the football for 10.9 yds per carry, finishing the contest with 380 yds on 35 attempts. NIU gave up 41 rush attempts for 107 yards (2.6 yards per rush). The Huskies secondary allowed a completion percentage of 55.9%, relinquishing 146 yds on 19 out of 34 passing.
In terms of this team's ability to score points, the Huskies rank 92nd in college football with 25.2 points per contest. The NIU Huskies average 359.5 yards/game, which has them ranked 89th in college football. The NIU offense has compiled 253 yards of penalties on 28 violations, which ranks them 97th in Division 1 in terms of helping out the other team. They have tossed 6 interceptions while allowing opponents to recover 3 fumbles and they have earned 109 1st downs. For the season thus far, the Huskies have racked up 1,169 yards via the pass together with holding an average of 194.8 passing yards per contest, which has them ranked 103rd in D-1. They are averaging 164.7 run yards per game and have run for 988 yards in total.
The Huskies are conceding 24.0 PPG, which has them ranked 61st in the nation. NIU has given up a total of 990 rushing yards (165.0 yards per outing) as well as 12 touchdowns via the rush this year. In total, they have surrendered 144 points. They have given up 7 touchdowns through the air as well as 166.5 yards/game, which has them in 13th in D-1. The Huskies defense has been on the field for 390 plays, which is 84th in the country. They have earned 3 fumbles and 4 interceptions this year.
Who will win tonight's Bobcats/Huskies college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Bobcats -7
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