NIU at Eastern Michigan - 10/15/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-2) vs NIU Huskies (1-5)

Game Info: Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 3:30 pm (Rynearson Stadium)

Betting Odds: Eastern Michigan Eagles -2.5 -- Over/Under: 63 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Northern Illinois will travel to Ypsilanti to take on Eastern Michigan from Rynearson Stadium. NIU leads the all-time series 34-16, and they won last year’s meeting in DeKalb.

Northern Illinois is 1-5 after losing to Toledo in Week 6. THe Huskies were overwhelmed early, falling behind by 28 points at halftime, and dropped their fifth game in a row. NIU is averaging 31.7 points per game, while passing for 221.8 yards per game (165th) and rushing for 177.3 (81st). The Husky defense gives up 38.3 points per game.

Ethan Hampton looked out of his element last weekend versus Toledo. The redshirt freshman tossed four interceptions, and he’ll have to cut down on those if NIU wants to shake this losing streak. Hampton has passed for 798 yards with seven touchdowns to six interceptions in four games. Sophomore back Harrison Waylee leads the team in  rushing yards (472) after a big 232-yard performance versus Ball State. Cole Tucker has been Hampton’s number one guy, and he leads NIU in receptions (30) and receiving yards (476). 

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Eastern Michigan is 4-2 after a rivalry win over Western Michigan in Week 6. EMU dominated WMU in Kalamazoo, jumping out to a 28-point halftime lead, out gaining the Broncos 413-299 along the way. EMU is averaging 31.5 points per game, while passing for 224.8 yards per game (157th, but 1st in my heart for Kobe) and rushing for 157.3 ypg (114th). The Eagle defense gives 31.6 up points per game.

It appears Taylor Powell has settled into the quarterback slot. The Troy transfer had his best outing yet in the win over WMU, passing for 293 yards and three scores. Powell is up to 974 passing yards with seven touchdowns to five interceptions on the season. Samson Evans has really been effective this season. The senior back rushed for a school record 258 yards in one of their biggest wins in school history over Arizona State in Tempe. Evans scored three times in the win over the Broncos last weekend, and he’s among MAC leaders with 630 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Tanner Knue leads EMU in receptions (23) and receiving yards (363), and he’s scored in four of five games this season.

Northern Illinois is 2-4 against the spread this season, with a 2-1 record on the road. The over is 4-0 in NIU’s last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.. Eastern Michigan is 2-4 ATS this season, with an 0-3 record at home. Over is 5-2 in EMU’s last 7 games overall.

So we have a team who can’t stop anyone, but seems to keep covering, and we have a team in a very manageable spot at home who just can’t seem to cover. It’s a bit conflicting, but Eastern Michigan has been the better team this season, and after such a strong win last week, they feel trustworthy right here. Northern Illinois has done well making use of their points, but with just two points here, they’re going to have to show up, and they haven’t done that this season. Eastern Michigan should be able to handle the minimal margin and cover Saturday afternoon. Take EMU’s spread for this one, and with a high chance of precipitation, look to catch the MAC slipping and eye the under here too.

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Corey’s Pick Eastern Michigan -2.5

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