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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Northern Illinois Huskies CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/6/14

Northern Illinois Huskies (1-0) at Northwestern Wildcats (0-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Ryan Field)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN

The Northwestern Wildcats look to bounce back from their embarrassing week 1 loss when they take on the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ryan Field.

The Northern Illinois Huskies didn’t miss Jordan Lynch at all in their 55-3 victory over the Presbyterian Blue Hose. Northern Illinois played three quarterbacks who threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns, as Drew Hare led the way with 100 passing yards. The Huskies really made their mark on the ground, as they ran for an incredible 424 yards and five touchdowns, while Akeem Daniels had 118 yards on 15 carries. Of course, we won’t find out how good Northern Illinois really is until it plays this matchup, but if that offensive performance is any indication of things to come, the Huskies are in great shape moving forward. Defensively, Northern Illinois allowed just 127 yards and one third down conversion. The Huskies had eight tackles for loss and freshman Albert Smalls had an interception.

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Northern Illinois Huskies CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/6/14

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The Northwestern Wildcats were upset 31-24 by the California Golden Bears at home. Trevor Siemian really struggled, completing just 52.3 percent of his passes for two interceptions, while the Northwestern ground game managed just three yards per carry on 36 touches. Northwestern’s offense really didn’t get going until late in the third quarter when the game was pretty much out of reach, and it’s clear the team missed running back Venric Mark. Defensively, the Northwestern Wildcats allowed 414 yards, including 300 yards through the air, proving that their young defense may be in for a long season. The bright side is that Northwestern’s defense did produce two turnovers and four tackles for loss, proving that it may be one of those defenses that gives up a ton but creates big plays as well.

I would stay away from this game simply because if you can lose to Cal at home, you can lose to just about anybody. However, if forced to pick, I’d give Northwestern another chance at home. The Wildcats are the better team in this matchup and should be angry after what happened last week.

The best bet would probably be to avoid this game, but if you must, take Northwestern to cover.

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Northwestern Wildcats -5.5

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