NIU at Kent State Prediction - College Football Picks 11/25/23

Kent State Golden Flashes (1-10) vs NIU Huskies (5-6)

Game Info: Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 12:00 pm (Dix Stadium)

Betting Odds: Kent State Golden Flashes +20.5 -- Over/Under: 45 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kent State Golden Flashes will host the Northern Illinois Huskies in MAC action this weekend from Dix Stadium on ESPN+. These two schools last met in the 2021 MAC Championship, and times have swiftly changed for one side. NIU and Kent State have met thirty times, with the Huskies holding a noticeable 22-8 series lead. Here is our NIU vs Kent State Prediction.

Northern Illinois Huskies Preview

Northern Illinois moved to 5-6 after defeating Western Michigan at home, 24-0. The Huskies silenced the Broncos in their home finale, and they’ll look to become bowl eligible this weekend. The NIU offense is scoring 24.2 ppg, while passing for 186.5 ypg, rushing for 173.0 ypg, and converting 41.1% of their third downs.

NIU Player Notes

Ricky Lombardi starts behind center for NIU, and after enjoying a light outing in the win over WMU, he’s passed for 1,891 yards with nine touchdowns to five interceptions thru eleven starts. 

• Savannah native Antario Brown dashed for 159 yards and two scores in the Western Michigan win, and he leads Northern Illinois in rushing yards (1075).

• Junior wideout Trayvon Rudolph has caught five passes or more in four straight games, and he leads the Huskies in receptions (44) and receiving yards (461).

• The NIU defense has allowed 20.6 points per game.

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Kent State Golden Flashes Preview

Kent State dropped to 1-10 after losing to Ball State in Muncie, 31-3. The Golden Flashes were no match for the Cardinals last weekend, and they’ll close a subpar season this Saturday. The Kent St. offense is scoring 13.5 ppg, while passing for 165.5 ypg, rushing for 105.4 ypg, and converting 28% of their third downs.

Kent State Player Notes

• Devin Kargman finished last week’s loss at quarterback, and he went just 5/12 for 52 yards. 

• Sophomore back Gavin Garcia hasn’t had much room to run during conference play, but he leads the Flashes in rushing with 460 yards on 110 touches.

Chrishon McCray leads the team in receptions (41) and receiving yards (610).

• The Kent defense has allowed 34.3 points per game. 


Northern Illinois vs Kent State Trends

NIU is 5-6 against the spread, with a 5-6 O/U record. 

KENT is 2-8-1 ATS, with a 7-4 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

Northern Illinois put on a great display at home last week to put themselves in position to earn a bowl bid with a victory here, and I believe they’ll complete the mission. The Huskies will simply have the benefit of facing a bad team, and the incentive of having something to play for should be all they need to put an end to Kent State’s dismal season. This one has blowout potential, but I like rolling with the Under for what should be a mostly one-sided battle, while giving a look at NIU’s spread.

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

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