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Written by Mark Roberts on December 1, 2013

Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Bowling Green Falcons Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/6/13: Mark's Free College Football Pick Against the Spread
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Northern Illinois and Bowling Green meet for the MAC title at Ford Field Friday.

The Bowling Green Falcons and Northern Illinois Huskies square off at Ford Field for the MAC title.


Bowling Green secured a spot in the MAC championship thanks to a dominant last four games to end the regular season where they have out scored the opposition 176-17. The Falcons handled a solid Buffalo club 24-7 in the regular season finale' behind an airtight defense that shut down the Bulls vaunted rushing attack. The Falcons held UB to only 236 yards with 46 coming on the ground while totaling 490 themselves with plenty of balance. The run amassed 260 yards and averaged nearly 5 1/2 yards per touch with Travis Greene leading the way with 129 yards on 30 totes with a score while Matt Johnson added 72 yards on ten carries with a score. Johnson struggled to connect through the air but was productive when he did, going 11-26 for 230 yards with a TD and an interception.


It's no surprise that Northern Illinois is in the MAC title again as they eye back to back conference championships. Jordan Lynch and the rest of the offense led the Huskies to an unbeaten regular season and have a BCS Bowl appearance still up for grabs. The title game was set up by a 33-14 decision over visiting Western Michigan in which NIU got the lead and coasted to the finish line. That was still enough to upend the Broncos who faced a 460-256 deficit in total yardage with the Huskies totaling 425 rushing yards with Lynch rambling for 321 yards on 27 touches and three trips to the end zone. Lynch had an uncharacteristic night in the air, completing 5-17 for 39 yards and a touchdown but a good day on the ground was all this offense needed from their star.


Bowling Green has been a monster to close the regular season and that's been on both sides of the ball. Northern Illinois has been perfect which is tough to go against as well but right now I'll go with perfection...

 

Mark's Pick: Northern Illinois -3


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