Northern Illinois vs. Boston College - 9/1/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Illinois vs. Boston College - 9/1/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Boston College Eagles (0-0) at NIU Huskies (0-0)

College Football: Friday, September 1, 2017 at 9:30 pm (Huskie Stadium)

The Line: NIU Huskies +2.5 -- Over/Under: 46 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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College football action comes to Huskie Stadium when the Boston College Eagles open the season with the Northern Illinois Huskies.

The Boston College Eagles launch their season with a road trip to face Northern Illinois who they last faced in 2015. BC posted a 7-6 record a year ago which was fairly impressive given the struggles this team had in putting up points. The Eagles averaged 20 points on just 292 yards with only 144 yards coming through the air which had this team at the bottom of most rankings a year ago. As poorly as Boston College was at moving the chains, the defensive side of the football was the direct inverse with a mere 314 yards and 25 points allowed behind the #7 rushing ‘D’ that allowed less then 109 yards. Boston College will turn to Darius Wade at quarterback and despite the poor air game of 2016, the receiving corps could be decent with Jeff Smith, Michael Walker and Charlie Callinan while Jon Hilliman will grind it out on the ground behind some experience up front. BC has experience on offense but this will be a team that succeeds only if the defense plays well which should be the case.

The Northern Illinois Huskies have been one the most successful programs in the MAC in recent years but that wasn’t the case in 2016 where the team finished 5-7. NIU still ran the ball effectively with the number 17 rushing attack producing 240 yards of their 464 yard average per contest which helped the team to nearly 31 points. The Huskies did struggle at times defensively with opponents enjoying success running or throwing with 30 points and 452 yards allowed. The Huskies will open the year with Ryan Graham under center and he has to be a viable passer  with the receiving corps losing most of their 2016 targets with Christian Blake and DJ Brown needing to step in and produce immediately. Jordan Huff returns at running back which should be productive with three starters along the O-Line back.

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The under is 7-0 in Boston College Eagles last 7 versus MAC and Boston College Eagles  are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games while Boston College  Eagles are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 versus MAC. Northern Illinois Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf and Northern Illinois Huskies are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September while Northern Illinois Huskies are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. 

I think this boils down to whether the Boston College defense can contain what should be an above average Northern Illinois rushing attack. I believe the Eagles win the battle in the trenches and cover the small number…

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Mark’s Pick Boston College -2.5

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