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Nebraska vs. Northern Illinois - 9/14/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Northern Illinois Huskies at Nebraska Cornhuskers
Date & Time Saturday September 14, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Memorial Stadium
Lincoln, Nebraska
The Line
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -14.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FS1
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Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Northern Illinois Huskies and Nebraska Cornhuskers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.

The Northern Illinois Huskies look for a statement victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Northern Illinois Huskies have won four of their last six road games. Ross Bowers is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 528 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Bowers has three touchdown passes on his last 79 pass attempts. Tyrice Richie and Daniel Crawford have combined for 268 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Spencer Tears has six receptions. The Northern Illinois Huskies ground game is averaging 78.5 yards per contest, and Tre Harbison leads the way with 131 yards on 29 carries. Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing 22.5 points and 322.5 yards per game. Antonio Jones-Davis leads the Northern Illinois Huskies with 11 tackles, Quintin Wynne has one sack and Jalen McKie has one interception.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are coming off a overtime loss to Colorado and need a win to get a game above a .500 record. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have won each of their last five home games. Adrian Martinez is completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 468 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Martinez has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 11 games. JD Spielman and Maurice Washington have combined for 279 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jack Stoll has five receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 138.5 yards per contest, and Washington leads the way with 116 yards on 21 carries. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 27.5 points and 389 yards per game. Mohamed Barry leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 18 tackles, Cam Taylor-Britt has one sack and Eric Lee Jr. has two interceptions.

The Huskies are 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 road games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in September and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 vs. Big Ten. The Cornhuskers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf, 3-12 ATS in their last 15 home games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The under is 5-1 in Cornhuskers last 6 non-conference games. The over is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 games overall.

The Northern Illinois Huskies have split their last 10 games ATS when a double-digit underdog. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have failed to cover eight of their last 10 games as a double-digit favorite. Northern Illinois is far from a pushover, as it's constantly been one of the better teams in the MAC, and the Huskies took Utah down to the wire last year and beat Nebraska on the road in 2017 as 10.5-point underdogs. The Nebraska Cornhuskers haven't looked great through two games and it's fair if you want to start holding Scott Frost's feet to the fire. Give me the Northern Illinois Huskies and the free points.

Pick:
Northern Illinois Huskies +14.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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