NIU at Ohio - 10/22/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The Northern Illinois Huskies will play the Ohio Bobcats in a MAC Game on Saturday afternoon at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 2-5 (1-2) this season after they defeated Eastern Michigan by a score of 39-10 in their last game. Northern Illinois outgained EMU by a total of 410-226 and forced two turnovers in the win. The NIU offense is averaging 33.4 points per game with 207.7 passing yards per game and 193 rushing yards per game. Rocky Lombardi has thrown for 645 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception for the Huskies this season. Harrison Waylee has rushed for 630 yards and five scores, while Cole Tucker has caught 34 passes for 536 yards and three touchdowns for NIU. The Northern Illinois defense is giving up 34.3 points per game and 394.1 yards per game.

The Ohio Bobcats are 4-3 (2-1) this season after they defeated Western Michigan by a score of 33-14 in their last game. Ohio gained 383 total yards and forced six turnovers in the win. The Ohio offense is averaging 33.1 points per game with 324 passing yards per game and 113 rushing yards per game. Kurtis Rourke has thrown for 2,208 yards, 14 touchdowns, and three interceptions, while also rushing for 125 yards and three touchdowns for the Bobcats this season. Sieh Bangura has rushed for 433 yards and seven scores, while Sam Wiglusz has caught 43 passes for 510 yards and five touchdowns for Ohio. The Ohio defense is allowing 36.9 points per game with 528.6 yards per game.

Northern Illinois is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win. The over is 7-1 in NIU’s last 8 games. Ohio is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 October games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games. The over is 5-0 in Ohio’s last 5 home games. The road team is 5-0 ATS in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Ohio comes into this game tied for second place in the MAC, but is allowing over 500 yards per game. Both teams have similar stats on offense, but the NIU defense has been a lot better this season. I like Northern Illinois here.

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

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