Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan - 11/16/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
NIU Huskies (3-7) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-4)
College Football: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Rynearson Stadium)
The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles +3 -- Over/Under: 61 See the Latest Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies and Eastern Michigan Eagles meet Wednesday night in a MAC college football game at Rynearson Stadium on ESPNU.
The Northern Illinois Huskies look for their second road win of the season to feel better about a 3-7 record. The Northern Illinois Huskies have lost six of their last 10 road games. Ryan Graham is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 622 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. Graham and Anthony Maddie have combined for 16 touchdown passes this season. Kenny Golladay and Christian Blake have combined for 1,414 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Aregeros Turner has 36 receptions. The Northern Illinois Huskies ground game is averaging 233.8 yards per contest, and Joel Bouagnon leads the way with 728 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing 31.9 points and 455.2 yards per game. Sean Folliard leads the Northern Illinois Huskies with 75 tackles, Austin Smaha has four sacks and Trequan Smith has two interceptions.
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The Eastern Michigan Eagles look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have lost their last two home games. Brogan Roback is completing 59.8 percent of his passes for 1,855 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Roback has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Sergio Bailey II and Antoine Porter have combined for 1,109 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Nigel Kilby has 31 receptions. The Eastern Michigan Eagles ground game is averaging 142.4 yards per contest, and Ian Eriksen leads the way with 570 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Eastern Michigan is allowing 31.2 points and 436.3 yards per game. Jason Beck leads the Eastern Michigan Eagles with 81 tackles, Pat O'Connor has seven sacks and DaQuan Pace has three interceptions.
The Huskies are 21-7-2 ATS in their last 30 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Eagles are 16-36 ATS in their last 52 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Huskies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Eastern Michigan and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings overall.
Eastern Michigan is already bowl eligible for the first time since 1987, but now the Eagles have a chance to beat Northern Illinois for the first time since 2007. Eastern Michigan has lost eight straight to the Huskies and wasn't treated kindly in a 49-21 loss last season. I don't like laying points much in the MAC, especially when I'm getting those points with the home team. Eastern Michigan is the better team overall and it's not like the Huskies have had a ton of road success this season. Give me EMU in a game the Eagles should be able to win outright.