Toledo at NIU: 12/5/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Toledo at NIU: 12/5/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

NIU Huskies (0-4) vs Toledo Rockets (2-2)

Game Info: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium)

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The Toledo Rockets will travel to Huskie Stadium to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Toledo Rockets dropped to 2-2 (2-2 MAC West) on the season after being defeated by the Ball State Cardinals, 27-24, this past Saturday. Toledo had a hard time finding the endzone early in this one and although they made a late charge with TD’s within a span of three minutes late in the game, Toledo couldn’t fight all the way back after falling behind by a 27-9 margin early in the 4th quarter. Toledo outgained Ball State by a 449-447 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Rockets was QB Eli Peters who completed 27 of 36 passes for 363 yards, 2 TD, & 1 INT.

On the season, Toledo is averaging 36.3 ppg on 490.8 total yards per game (314.5 passing yds/g; 176.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Toledo has been led by QB Eli Peters who has completed 68.2% of his passes for 1,106 yards, 9 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for Peters and the Rockets have been Isaiah Winstead (14 rec, 283 yards, 2 TD), Bryce Mitchell (10 rec, 188 yards, 3 TD) Danzel McKinley-Lewis (13 rec, 169 yards, TD), and Devin Maddox (10 rec, 131 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Toledo backfield has been the duo of Bryant Koback (82 att, 334 yards, 3 TD; 19 rec, 184 yards, TD).

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Defensively, Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 24.8 ppg on 357.3 total yards per game (240.0 passing yds/g; 117.3 rushing yds/g).

The Northern Illinois Huskies are still searching for their first win of the season as the Huskies fell to 0-4 (0-4 MAC West) on the season after being defeated by the Western Michigan Broncos, 30-27, this past Saturday. Northern Illinois gave Western Michigan all they could handle and had a 27-20 lead early in the 4th quarter after a 40-yard FG by John Richardson, however, the defense couldn’t hold on to the lead late and allowed Western Michigan to pick up the victory after scoring 10 unanswered points over the final 9:12 of regulation. Northern Illinois outgained Western Michigan by a 350-325 margin and didn’t commit a turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was QB Ross Bowers who completed 22 of 36 passes for 230 yards & 3 TD.

On the season, Northern Illinois is averaging 23.0 ppg on 350.8 total yards per game (237.3 passing yds/g; 113.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Northern Illinois has been led by WR Tyrice Richie who has 39 receptions for 415 yards & 2 TD. QB Ross Bowers has completed 60.3% of his passes for 871 yards, 5 TD, & 2 INT. The other top receiving targets for the Huskies, outside of Tyrice Richie, have been Trayvon Rudolph (10 rec, 174 yards), Cole Tucker (11 rec, 123 yards, TD), and Dennis Robinson (4 rec, 67 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Northern Illinois backfield has been the duo of Harrison Waylee (65 att, 220 yards) and Erin Collins (46 rec, 178 yards, 3 TD).

Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 37.5 ppg on 382.5 total yards per game (199.5 passing yds/g; 183.0 rushing yds/g).

The Rockers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games and just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Huskies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 December games, however, are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games as an underdog.

Northern Illinois is still searching for their first victory of the season, however, the Huskies have played well over the past weeks as they had opportunities to win both games at Ball State & Western Michigan who are a combined 7-1 on the season. Toledo is a solid team, but certainly not one of the MAC’s best and as the Rockets have been awful ATS on the road over their last 8 games, I think Northern Illinois will be able to do enough to cover with the double-digit points. Good Luck!

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