Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Northern Illinois Huskies Free Pick - 10/19/13
Northern Illinois Huskies (6-0) at Central Michigan Chippewas (3-4)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm (Kelly/Shorts Stadium)
The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas 16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies visit the Central Michigan Chppewas in week eight action.
Although most people expect Northern Illinois to win by a blow out each and every week it doesn't always work out that way with the preseason favorite to win the MAC getting each opponents 'A' game. That's what we saw when Akron put it all on the line before falling 27-20 as a three touchdown dog. Everything the Huskies do offensively revolves around all purpose quarterback Jordan Lynch and he wasn't at his best. Lynch looked mortal through the air, completing 16-35 for 220 yards with a 25 yard touchdown to Desroy Maxwell. Lynch and Cameron Stingily combined for 163 rushing yards in a less then explosive attack that needed the defense to hold the fort.
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A banged up Central Michigan was written off by many and that might have been premature after a 26-23 road win over Ohio gave the Chippewas consecutive victories and evened their record at 3-3. CMU has not been especially strong on either side of the ball and the loss of their quarterback and running back didn't help but maybe things aren't as bad as once thought. The Chips and Bobcats were almost dead even in yardage but CMU took advantage of four giveaways with the last being a fumbled punt that turned in to the winning touchdown with a mere 22 seconds remaining. Having said that the Chippewas were able to both run and throw with Saylor Lavilli dominating the ground with 184 yards on 26 carries while Cooper Rush threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns and a pick with ten players making catches.
To be honest I was far more impressed by Central Michigan then I was by Northern Illinois in week seven who doesn't seem to be as good as last season so laying all these points is risky business. I will back the Huskies but will likely avoid them...