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MAC: NIU vs Toledo 10/8/22 College Football Picks, Predictions, Odds

Toledo Rockets (3-2) vs. NIU Huskies (1-4)
October 8, 2022 3:30 pm EDT
The Line: NIU Huskies +5.5 / Toledo Rockets -5.5; Over/Under: 59.5
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The NIU Huskies and Toledo Rockets do battle Saturday in a week 6 MAC college football game at Huskie Stadium. The Toledo Rockets look to build on their 3-2 record. The Northern Illinois Huskies look to snap a 4-game losing streak.

The Toledo Rockets have split their last 8 road games. Dequan Finn is completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 967 yards, 8 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. DeMeer Blankumsee and Jerjuan Newton have combined for 592 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Jamal Turner has 8 receptions. The Toledo Rockets ground game is averaging 193.4 yards per contest, and Finn leads the way with 336 yards and 5 touchdowns. Defensively, Toledo is allowing 24.2 points and 339.2 yards per game. Dallas Gant leads the Toledo Rockets with 41 tackles, Adrian Woliver has 2 sacks and Zachary Ford has 1 interception.

The Northern Illinois Huskies have won 5 of their last 7 home games. Rocky Lombardi is completing 65 percent of his passes for 530 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Cole Tucker and Kacper Rutkiewicz have combined for 634 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns, while Shemar Thornton has 14 receptions. The Northern Illinois Huskies ground game is averaging 184.8 yards per contest, and Harrison Waylee leads the way with 445 yards and 4 touchdowns. Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing 35.6 points and 436.8 yards per game. Daveren Rayner leads the Northern Illinois Huskies with 51 tackles, Demon Taylor Jr. has 2 sacks and Eric Rogers has 2 interceptions.

The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Huskies are 7-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games following a ATS loss. The over is 7-3 in Rockets last 10 games overall. The over is 6-0 in Huskies last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Northern Illinois.

The Toledo Rockets aren’t a great team, and their defensive effort comes and goes. However, the Northern Illinois Huskies are riding the struggle bus, and they’re easily one of the worst defensive teams in the country, ranked 115th in total defense and 118th in scoring defense. Toledo is likely going to have success running the ball here and should be able to pull away in the second half. Give me Toledo by a touchdown.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Toledo Rockets -5.5

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