NIU at Buffalo - 11/17/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Buffalo Bulls (4-6) vs NIU Huskies (7-3)
Game Info: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 7:00 pm (UB Stadium)
Betting Odds: Buffalo Bulls +2.5 -- Over/Under: 65.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
This Wednesday, the Northern Illinois Huskies will head on the road to take on the Buffalo Bulls in this MAC showdown. Northern Illinois comes into this after beating Ball State at home by one point in its last game. They are 7-3 on the season. The Bulls enter this game with a 4-6 record after losing to Miami (OH) by 27 points in its last game.
Last game, the Huskies offense was on fire as it scored 30 points while recording 26 first downs. The Huskies of Northern Illinois rank 41st in points per game as they average 30.4. Northern Illinois is also ranked 2nd in the nation in Red Zone scoring.96.97%. The Huskies are led by junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi who has recorded 2,117 passing yards and 13 passing touchdowns to seven interceptions.
The Huskies have had tremendous success on the ground this year. They rank 18th in yards per game at 212.4 and are also ranked 47th in yards per rush at 4.6. This is likely the reason why they have won six of their last seven ames.
The Huskies are allowing an average 208.9 rushing yards per game this season. Buffalo’s defense allowed 45 points and 536 yards in it’s last game.
The Bulls fell to the Miami (OH) RedHawks by 27 points. Senior Quarterback Kyle Vantrease only has eight passing touchdowns to six interceptions. They must win their next two games to remain bowl eligible.
Buffalo’s defense has held them back this season as they are giving up 461.4 yards per game. The Bulls are giving up 216.8 yards on the ground and 247 passing yards a game.
The Northern Illinois Huskies are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. They are also 11-2-1 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
The Bulls are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games and the Buffalo Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
Northern Illinois has been a great cover team all season long and I expect them to have no trouble covering this spread against a struggling Buffalo Bulls squad.