NIU at Kent State: 11/3/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Kent State Golden Flashes (4-4) vs NIU Huskies (6-2)

Game Info: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Dix Stadium)

Betting Odds: Kent State Golden Flashes -3.5 -- Over/Under: 66 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to Dix Stadium to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes this Wednesday Night in College Football action.

The Northern Illinois Huskies won their 5th straight game and improved to 6-2 on the season after defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas, 39-38, on October 23rd. Northern Illinois trailed by a 35-18 margin early in the 3rd quarter, however, the Huskies dominated the Chippewas the rest of the way and fought back to win the game on a 26-yard FG by Kanon Woodill with :54 seconds left in the 4th quarter. Northern Illinois outgained Central Michigan by a 548-500 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for the Huskies was WR Trayvon Rudolph who had 6 receptions for 160 yards & 2 TD.

On the season, Northern Illinois is averaging 29.8 ppg on 398.3 total yards per game (165.5 passing yds/g; 232.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Northern Illinois has been led by the RB trio of Harrison Waylee (101 att, 574 yards, 4 TD), Jay Ducker (88 att, 478 yards) & Clint Ratovich (64 att, 231 yards, 5 TD). Waylee has been out the past few weeks with an arm injury and is currently questionable for this matchup. QB Rocky Lombardi has completed 57.8% of his passes for 1321 yards, 9 TD, & 6 INT while also rushing for 5 TD. The top receiving threats for the Huskies have been Tyrice Richie (40 rec, 480 yards, TD), Trayvon Rudolph (18 rec, 330 yards, 4 TD), & Messiah Travis (5 rec, 67 yards).

Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 31.5 ppg on 419.5 total yards per game (234.1 passing yds/g; 185.4 rushing yds/g).

The Kent State Golden Flashes improved to 4-4 on the season after defeating the Ohio Bobcats, 34-27, on October 23rd. Kent State did a great job of forcing Ohio turnovers and put the game out of reach after a 27-yard FG by an Andrew Glass gave the Golden Flashes a 34-24 lead with 3:04 left in regulation. Kent State and Ohio each gained 457 yards, however, Kent State was able to win the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was QB Dustin Crum who completed 26-31 passes for 257 yards & 1 TD while also rushing for 93 yards & 1 TD.

On the season, Kent State is averaging 29.1 ppg on 450.5 total yards per game (230.4 passing yds/g; 220.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Kent State is led by QB Dustin Crum who has completed 62.3% of his passes for 1770 yards, 9 TD, & 2 INT while also rushing for 368 yards & 6 TD. In the Kent State backfield with Crum has been the duo of Marquez Cooper (118 att, 558 yards, 5 TD) & Xavier Williams (77 att, 378 yards, TD). The top receiving threats for the Golden Flashes have been Dante Cephas (50 rec, 683 yards, 6 TD), Nykeim Johnson (35 yards, 397 yards, TD), & Keshunn Abram (22 rec, 360 yards, 2 TD).

Defensively, Kent State is allowing their opponents to average 33.4 ppg on 474.9 total yards per game (270.4 passing yds/g; 204.5 rushing yds/g).

Over is 8-2 in the Huskies last 10 games following a straight up win and 5-2 in the Huskies last 7 games as an underdog. Over is 6-1 in the Golden Flashes last 7 games following a straight up win and 5-2 in the Golden Flashes last 7 conference games.

This should be an entertaining MAC game to watch and I’m expecting a lot of point to be scored in this one. Northern Illinois comes into this game ranked just 104th in scoring defense while Kent State ranks even worse at 113th and as I’m expect both teams to get up and down the field with ease in this one, I see this game having no problem combining for 70+ points and hitting the over. Good Luck!

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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