NIU Huskies vs. San Diego State Aztecs - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego State Aztecs (2-0) at NIU Huskies (0-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Huskie Stadium)
The Line: NIU Huskies +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Diego State Aztecs look for a perfect start when they visit the Northern Illinois Huskies.
The San Diego State Aztecs defense was nowhere to be found in week two but the offense and a few big plays were enough to down visiting Cal 45-40. The Golden Bears held the yardage edge 604-463 but lost the turnover battle 4-2. SDSU received a 100 yard kick return from Rashaad Penny and a nine yard pick six from Ronley Lakalakain the second quarter. Aztecs quarterback Christian Chapman was average in the air, completing 14-23 for 129 yards with a touchdown and interception with Rashaad Penny hauling in a 25 yard scoring toss. The bread and butter of the San Diego State attack was a bruising ground game that saw Donnel Pumphrey rumble for 281 yards on 29 carries with three trips to the endzone.
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The Northern Illinois Huskies took one on the chin in a 48-17 defeat at South Florida which has the team staring at an 0-2 start with San Diego State coming to town. Neither side of the ball will be pointing the finger at the other with the Bulls leading in yards 658-318. Huskies quarterback was 13-20 for 96 yards before Ryan Graham came in to connect on 9-15 for 65 yards and a touchdown. Christian Blake and Kenny Golladay combined for ten receptions for 96 yards but NIU could not stretch the field in the air. Joel Bouagnon and Jordan Huff combined for 126 rushing yards on 27 carries to give the offense some punch but not enough to hang with South Florida.
The Aztecs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record while going 6-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Huskies are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record while going 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. I don’t know if Hare is playing on a bad ankle and that makes this a dangerous call…