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Akron vs. NIU - 11/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
NIU Huskies (5-3) at Akron Zips (4-3)
Date & Time Thursday November 1, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Akron Zips +4.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
CBSSN
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CFB | NIU Huskies (5-3) at Akron Zips (4-3)
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The Northern Illinois Huskies visit the Akron Zips in a Thursday MAC college football tilt.

The Northern Illinois Huskies stayed unbeaten in the MAC with a 7-6 victory at Brigham Young on Saturday. Northern Illinois was outgained 301-204 and committed ten penalties with only 25+ minutes of possession.

Huskies quarterback Marcus Childers completed 10-21 for 115 yards and ran 13 times for 19 yards and scored the only touchdown of the game n the third quarter.

Tre Harbison gave Northern Illinois a contest high 54 yards on eleven carries while Jauan Wesley was the top receiver with 70 yards on four receptions.

The Akron Zips stayed on track for a Bowl with consecutive victories following a 17-10 win against Central Michigan as a five point home favorite. Both teams finished with around 300 yards but Akron couldn’t hold on to the ball with four lost fumbles.

 Zips quarterback Kato Nelson connected on 10-27 with 149 yards and a touchdown while rushing ten times for 23 yards.

Van Edwards Jr. gave Akron a threat on the ground with 96 yards on 20 carries including a 20 yard scoring run while Nate Stewart caught two balls for 62 yards and Andre Williams totaled five receptions for 50 yards.

Under is 4-0 in Northern Illinois Huskies last 4 games overall and Northern Illinois Huskies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game and under is 4-0 in Northern Illinois Huskies last 4 conference games. Akron Zips are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game and Akron Zips are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and Akron Zips are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. Road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. 

Northern Illinois worries me offensively but I don’t think the Huskies will need a lot of points in this spot…

Pick:
Northern Illinois -4.5 // NOTE: at the current spread of 6.5 I'd buy the 1/2 and take Akron +7

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