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BYU vs. NIU - 10/27/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
NIU Huskies (4-3) at BYU Cougars (4-3)
Date & Time Saturday October 27, 2018, 3:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: BYU Cougars -8 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPNU
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CFB | NIU Huskies (4-3) at BYU Cougars (4-3)
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The Northern Illinois Huskies visit the Brigham Young Cougars in week nine college football.

The Northern Illinois Huskies have bounced back from a slow start with three consecutive victories after heading to their bye week on a 24-21 win against Ohio as a four point home favorite. Northern Illinois held a 400-321 yardage edge and won the turnover battle 3-0 but still needed a 15-0 4th quarter rally.

Huskies quarterback Marcus Childers completed 17-33 for 145 yard while also leading the rushing attack with 23 carries for 169 yards and a ten yard scoring run in the 4th quarter.

Marcus Jones added 33 yards on six attempts with a two yard TD with 4:51 remaining while DJ Brown gave NIU a 28 yard scoring burst. Jauan Wesley topped Northern Illinois with six catches for 61 yards but the offense was more successful on the ground.

The Brigham Young Cougars had dropped back to back contests before getting back in the win column with a 49-23 rout of Hawaii as a 10.5 point home favorite. Brigham Young gave up 311 yard but racked 474 yards with a 2-1 turnover edge.

Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson was an efficient 16-24 for 194 yards and three touchdowns and an interception while running six times for 16 yards with a trip to the end zone.

Matt Hadley was the top BYU runner with 91 yards on nine totes with a score while Lopini Katoa and Riley Burt combined for 142 yards on 25 carries and a TD each. Aleva Hifo and Gunner Romney led the Cougars receiving corps with 84 yards on five catches and a touchdown each.

NIU Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a bye week and under is 4-0 in NIU Huskies last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and NIU Huskies are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. Under is 10-1 in BYU Cougars last 11 games following a ATS win and BYU Cougars are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a bye week and under is 23-4 in BYU Cougars last 27 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. 

I see a game that might be low scoring whiach means take the points…

Pick:
NIU +8 // line drop to 6.5 has me favoring BYU

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