NIU at Eastern Michigan: 12/12/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-4) vs NIU Huskies (0-5)
Game Info: Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Rynearson Stadium)
Betting Odds: Eastern Michigan Eagles -4 -- Over/Under: 60.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to Rynearson Stadium to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Northern Illinois Huskies lost their 5th consecutive game and dropped to 0-5 (0-5 MAC West) on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 41-24, this past Saturday. Northern Illinois has no answers defensively against Toledo and allowed the Rockets to pull away later after Toledo scored 17 unanswered points in the 4th quarter. Northern Illinois was outgained by Toledo by a 610-382 margin and committed 1 turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was RB Harrison Waylee who had 114 rushing yards & 1 TD on 19 carries.
On the season, Northern Illinois is averaging 23.2 ppg on 357.0 total yards per game (244.4 passing yds/g; 112.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Northern Illinois has been led by QB Ross Bowers who has completed 57.7% of his passes for 1,144 yards, 7 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for Bowers and the Huskies have been Tyrice Richie (46 rec, 526 yards, 3 TD), Trayvon Rudolph (11 rec, 210 yards), Daniel Crawford (17 rec, 135 yards, TD), and Cole Tucker (11 rec, 123 yards, TD).
Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 38.2 ppg on 428.0 total yards per game (246.0 passing yds/g; 182.0 rushing yds/g).
The Eastern Michigan Eagles improved to 1-4 (1-4 MAC West) on the season after upsetting the Western Michigan Broncos, 53-42, on the road this past Saturday. Eastern Michigan was outstanding on the offensive end against the Broncos and was able to pull away after a 4-yard Samson Evans TD run gave the Eagles a 50-35 lead with 9:46 let in regulation. Eastern Michigan outgained Western Michigan by a 533-513 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for Eastern Michigan was QB Preston Hutchinson who completed 19 of 30 passes for 315 yards & 3 TD.
On the season, Eastern Michigan is averaging 31.6 ppg on 405.8 total yards per game (283.0 passing yds/g; 122.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Eastern Michigan has been led by QB Preston Hutchinson who has completed 62.1% of his passes for 1,415 yards, 10 TD, & 6 INT. Hutchinson is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Eagles as he has 166 rushing yards & 7 TD’s on 71 carries. The top receiving threats for Eastern Michigan have been Hassan Beydoun (32 rec, 372 yards), Tanner Knue (22 rec, 371 yards, 3 TD), Quian Williams (18 rec, 273 yards, 2 TD), and Bryson Cannon (9 rec, 178 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Eagles backfield has been the duo of Darius Boone Jr. (34 att, 216 yards, TD) and Samson Evans (34 att, 131 yards, TD).
Defensively, Eastern Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 36.6 ppg on 504.4 total yards per game (254.4 passing yds/g; 250.0 rushing yds/g).
The Huskies are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 37-16-2 ATS in their last 55 road games. The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in December and just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win.
Northern Illinois has been more competitive than their 0-5 record might indicate, however, it’s hard to trust the Huskies as their defense that currently ranks just 118th in scoring defense. Eastern Michigan has also struggled this season, but the Eagles are coming off an impressive win against the previously unbeaten Western Michigan Broncos and as I think dual-threat QB Preston Hutchinson should find plenty of success on the offensive end at home, I’m taking Eastern Michigan to cover this spread. Good Luck!
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