Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction - 10/26/13
Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-6) at Northern Illinois Huskies (7-0)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Huskie Stadium)
The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -30 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Eastern Michigan Eagles face off with the rival Northern Illinois Huskies in week nine action.
Eastern Michigan has struggled on both sides of the ball which a quick glance at their record clearly states. We know this team is out of the running for the MAC title but they could be a spoiler and stay away from the conference basement at the same time over the second half of the season. If so the Eagles will need to do an about face after a 56-28 loss to visiting Ohio saddled the team with their sixth consecutive defeat. This was a highly competitive contest that was tied at 21-21 before the Bobcats pulled away. EMU totaled 477 yards with 315 coming on the ground but three turnovers and eight penalties did them in. Bronson Hill was an unstoppable force on the ground with 257 yards but Tyler Benz (12-22/151) struggled with two TD's and a pair of picks against an Ohio offense that racked up 547 yards.
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Northern Illinois is in familiar territory as they are challenging for the MAC West crown with Ball State. The Huskies have not looked as fearsome as they did in 2012 but the bottom line is they are still 7-0 and did put a hurting on Central Michigan in week eight. NIU swamped the Chippewas 38-17 behind a 24-3 second half run and nearly 600 yards of offense with a record setting performance from Jordan Lynch who rambled for 313 yards with three trips to the end zone. Cameron Stingily added 70 yards on 14 totes and Lynch was an efficient 20-30 for 155 yards with a touchdown and interception. Overall the defense simply had to control the scoreboard which they did in allowing 346 yards.
This is just a ton of points to give up for Northern Illinois who is capable if they care and don't ease up late. I'm backing yhe Huskies on potential to cover and little else...