Buffalo vs. NIU - MAC Championship Game - 11/30/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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NIU Huskies (7-5) at Buffalo Bulls (10-2)
College Football: Friday, November 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -3.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies and the Buffalo Bulls meet in the MAC championship game on Friday night from Ford Field.
The Northern Illinois Huskies reached the MAC championship game as the winners of the MAC West division, finishing in a four way tie with a 7-5 overall record but a division best 6-2 conference mark. Marcus Childers has thrown for 1,696 yards, 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions while rushing for 438 yards and another 6 touchdowns. Tre Harbison leads the Huskies with 950 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns while Marcus Jones has 527 rushing yards and 4 TDs of his own. Jauan Wesley leads Northern Illinois in receiving with 543 yards while D.J. Brown has 51 catches for 400 yards and 3 TDs. As a team, Northern Illinois is averaging 318 yards of total offense and 19.9 points per game this season.
The Buffalo Bulls come into the MAC title game with a conference-best 10-2 overall record, including 7-1 in conference play to finish alone atop the MAC East division. Tyree Jackson has thrown for 2,605 yards, 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while the running back tandem of Jaret Patterson and Kevin Marks have combined for 1,572 yards and 23 rushing touchdowns this season. Anthony Johnson leads the Bulls with 820 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns while K.J. Osborn has 46 grabs for 769 yards and 6 touchdowns this year. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 419.9 yards of total offense and 35.2 points per game this season.
Northern Illinois is 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games while the under is 9-3 in their last 12 games overall. Buffalo is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 conference games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall while the over is 9-2-1 in their last 12 games following a win. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Northern Illinois played really well down the stretch in MAC play to punch their ticket to the conference title game, especially after their slow start to the season. However, Buffalo is easily the team to beat in the MAC this season and Northern Illinois comes into this game on back-to-back losses, so given the low line, I’ll side with the Bulls to win this one by at least a touchdown.