NIU Huskies (3-7) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-4)
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 16, 2016, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles +3 -- Over/Under:
The Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to play the Eastern Michigan Eagles in a MAC college football game on Wednesday night.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles are 6-4 (3-3) this season after beating Ball State by a score of 48-41 in their last game. Eastern Michigan fell down early in this game but was able to come back in the second half for the win. The Eastern Michigan offense is averaging 31.5 points per game with 142.4 rushing yards and 301 passing yards per game. Brogan Roback is completing 59.8% of his passes for 1855 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions for Eastern Michigan. Ian Eriksen has rushed for 570 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Todd Porter has rushed for 173 yards and 1 touchdown for Eastern Michigan. Sergio Bailey II has caught 46 passes for 655 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Antoine Porter has added 38 catches for 454 yards and 4 scores for the Eagles. The Eastern Michigan defense is giving up 31.2 points per game with 152.1 rushing yards and 284.2 passing yards per game. Jason Beck has led the Eastern Michigan defense with 81 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks, while Vince Calhoun has added 57 tackles and 2 interceptions. Paul Fricano has gone 14-17 on field goals, with a long of 46 yards.
The Northern Illinois Huskies are 3-7 (3-3) this season after losing to Toledo by a score of 31-24 in their last game. Northern Illinois had the lead in the fourth quarter but let Toledo outscore them by a total of 14-3 in the final frame. The Northern Illinois offense is averaging 30.4 points per game with 233.8 rushing yards and 226.9 passing yards per game. Ryan Graham is completing 55.6% of his passes for 622 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions for Northern Illinois. Joel Bouagnon has rushed for 728 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Jordan Huff has added 490 yards and 1 touchdown for the Huskies. Kenny Golladay has caught 79 passes for 1029 yards and 8 scores, while Aregero Turner has added 36 catches for 324 yards and 2 scores for Northern Illinois. The Northern Illinois defense is giving up 31.9 points per game with 193.1 rushing yards and 262.1 passing yards per game. Sean Folliard has led the Huskies defense with 75 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks, while Jamaal Payton has added 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 1 interception. Christian Hagan has gone 9-14 on field goals, with a long of 41 yards.
Northern Illinois is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on turf and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 road games for Northern Illinois. Eastern Michigan is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win. The under is 4-1 in Eastern Michigan’s last 5 home games. The road team is 11-3-1 ATS in these two teams last 15 meetings.
Eastern Michigan comes into this game as a home underdog, despite having the better record. Northern Illinois has struggled at times this season, but has had some close losses. Eastern Michigan has had success throwing the ball and should find some success against the NIU secondary. I like Eastern Michigan at home.