Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs NIU Huskies Prediction, 9/23/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs NIU Huskies
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Location: Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Huskies (-4)
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-2) are headed to Huskie Stadium on Saturday, September 23, 2023 where they will meet the NIU Huskies (1-2). NIU opens this matchup as 4-point favorites from oddsmakers. The betting total is set at 53.5.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane head into this game 1-2 for this season. In their last matchup, the Golden Hurricane faced off with the Oklahoma Sooners and ended up losing by a score of 66-17. Cardell Williams connected on 11/17 with 196 yards through the air and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 176.8 and ended the game with 2 picks. Bill Jackson was the rushing leader for the Golden Hurricane with 10 carries for 40 yards (4.0 yds per carry). In the game, they ran 73 plays which converted into 288 yards. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane ran the ball a total of 46 times and compiled 71 yards, which earned them an average of 1.5 yds per attempt. In the running game, the Golden Hurricane gave up 119 yds on 28 tries, which averages out to 4.3 yds per run surrendered. Tulsa allowed 30 pass completions on 35 attempts for a total of 476 yards, and a completion rate of 85.7%.
The Golden Hurricane have racked up 1,123 total yards over the course of this year. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Tulsa has totaled 7 touchdowns via the pass and 2 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the football over 9 different times. Tulsa has a total of 65 first downs as an offense, and they have been flagged for 18 penalties for 142 yards. As a team they have an average of 166.3 yards in the run game which is 63rd in college football. Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane are averaging 23.0 points per contest.
The Golden Hurricane sit in 127th in the nation regarding team defense, giving up 38.7 PPG. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.5 yards per run and 110.0 rushing yards per contest for the year. For the year, they have allowed 330 running yards through 3 games. When talking about yards through the air, the Golden Hurricane have conceded 1,080 yards which ranks them 131st in the nation. They are conceding 360.0 yards per contest via the pass as well as conceding a completion percentage of 74.2%. During the season, they are allowing 470.0 yards/outing which ranks them 126th in the country. They have surrendered 9 touchdowns via the pass and 6 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Huskies come into this matchup with a record of 1-2 for this season. When they last played, the Huskies took a defeat with a final score of 35-11 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Rocky Lombardi walked away from the game with 73 yards on 11/28 passing while his QB rate was 54. He threw 1 pick and his Y/A was 2.6. Antario Brown carried the football 8 times for 16 yards, ending the contest with 2.0 yds per carry for NIU. The Huskies finished the game with a total of 149 yds and they ran 58 plays (2.6 yds per play). NIU rushed the ball for 1.2 yds per attempt, finishing the contest with 26 yards on 22 carries. NIU conceded 44 running attempts for 224 yards (5.1 yards per rush). The Huskies passing defense conceded a completion rate of 58.3%, relinquishing 158 yards on 14 for 24 passing.
When it comes to their ability to score points, the Huskies rank 124th in Division 1 averaging 16.3 points per outing. The NIU Huskies have an average of 282.3 yards per outing, which has them sitting 128th in Division 1. The NIU offense has totaled 115 penalty yds on 13 infractions, which ranks them 111th in the nation in terms of giving up free yards. They have tossed 4 interceptions while allowing opponents to recover 1 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 52 first downs. For the season to this point, the Huskies currently have a total of 592 passing yards along with holding an average of 197.3 passing yards per game, which is ranked 99th in the nation. They hold an average of 85.0 yards per game on the ground and have toted the ball for 255 yards for the season.
The Huskies are allowing 24.3 points per game, which puts them 79th in Division 1. NIU has surrendered a total of 443 yards on the ground (147.7 yards per game) in addition to 6 touchdowns rushing on the year. In total, they have surrendered 73 points. They have given up 4 touchdowns via the pass and 156.7 yards/outing, which has them sitting 14th in the nation. The Huskies defense has taken the field for 184 plays, which is good for 31st in the nation. Their defense has tallied 1 fumble recovered and 1 picks this season.
Who will win tonight's Golden Hurricane/Huskies college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Golden Hurricane +4
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