Vanderbilt at NIU - 9/17/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

NIU Huskies (1-1) vs Vanderbilt Commodores (2-1)

Game Info: Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 3:30 pm (Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium)

Betting Odds: NIU Huskies -2.5 -- Over/Under: 59.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Vanderbilt Commodores will play the Northern Illinois Huskies in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.

The Vanderbilt Commodores are 2-1 this season after they lost to Wake Forest by a score of 45-25 in their last game. Vanderbilt allowed 451 yards to Wake Forest and only gained 294 on offense. The Vanderbilt offense is averaging 43.3 points per game with 207.7 passing yards per game and 232 rushing yards per game. Mike Wright has thrown for 426 yards, six touchdowns, and one interception, while adding 264 yards and four scores on the ground for the Commodores this season. Re’Mahn Davis (questionable) has rushed for 269 yards and two touchdowns, while Jayden McGowan has caught 12 passes for 201 yards with one touchdown for Vanderbilt. The Vanderbilt defense is allowing 28.7 points per game with 434.7 yards per game.

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 1-1 this season after they lost to Tulsa by a score of 38-35 in Week 2. Northern Illinois scored to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, but they gave up a Tulsa touchdown with 58 seconds left for the loss. The Northern Illinois offense is averaging 34.5 points per game with 225.5 passing yards per game and 156.5 rushing yards per game. Rocky Lombardi has thrown for 451 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for the Huskies this season. Antario Brown has rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns, while Cole Tucker has caught 11 passes for 190 yards and one score for Northern Illinois. The Northern Illinois defense is giving up 32.5 points per game and 435 yards per game.

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Vanderbilt is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 September games. The over is 4-0 in Vanderbilt’s last 4 games. Northern Illinois is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the SEC and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The over is 5-1 in Northern Illinois’ last 6 games.

Vanderbilt was finally humbled in their last game against Wake Forest where their defense was not able to hold up. Northern Illinois was very close to starting the season 2-0, but their defense wasn’t able to hold up either. I like Vanderbilt in this game and think their offense will be able to move the ball up and down the field. Give me the Commodores to win straight up.

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