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NIU Huskies vs. Toledo Rockets - 11/9/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toledo Rockets (7-2) at NIU Huskies (3-6)
Date & Time Wednesday November 9, 2016, 8:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: NIU Huskies +6.5 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Toledo Rockets (7-2) at NIU Huskies (3-6)

The Toledo Rockets will travel to play the Northern Illinois Huskies in a MAC college football game on Wednesday night.

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 3-6 (3-2) this season after beating Bowling Green by a score of 45-20 in their last game. Northern Illinois has won 2 straight games and is currently third in the MAC West standings. The Northern Illinois offense is averaging 31.1 points per game with 236 rushing yards and 226.9 passing yards per game. Anthony Maddie is completing 60% of his passes for 1213 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for Northern Illinois. Joel Bouagnon has rushed for 644 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Anthony Maddie has added 558 yards, and 7 scores for the Huskies. Kenny Golladay has caught 65 passes for 880 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Aregero Turner has caught 33 passes for 305 yards and 2 touchdowns for Northern Illinois. The Northern Illinois defense is giving up 32 points per game with 199.7 rushing yards and 259.4 passing yards per game. Sean Folliard has led the NIU defense with 67 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Jamaal Payton has added 51 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 1 interception. Christian Hagan has gone 8-13 on field goals, with a long of 41 yards.

The Toledo Rockets are 7-2 (4-1) this season after beating Akron by a score of 48-17 in their last game. Toledo has won 4 of their last 5 games and is currently second in the MAC West standings. The Toledo offense is averaging 40.3 points per game with 207.6 rushing yards and 345.4 passing yards per game. Logan Woodside is completing 70.9% of his passes for 3042 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for Toledo. Kareem Hunt has rushed for 926 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Terry Swanson has added 507 yards and 3 touchdowns for Toledo. Corey Jones has caught 49 passes for 593 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Cody Thompson has added 47 catches for 987 yards and 9 scores for the Rockets. The Toledo defense is giving up 22.8 points per game with 154.7 rushing yards and 229.8 passing yards per game. DeJuan Rogers has led the Toledo defense with 53 tackles, .5 sacks, and 1 interception, while John Stepec has added 43 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks. Jameson Vest has gone 9-14 on field goals, with a long of 47 yards.

Toledo is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass. The under is 4-0 in Toledo’s last 4 Wednesday games. Northern Illinois is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 November games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The under is 11-0 in the last 11 November games for Northern Illinois. The under is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 meetings.

Toledo has been very strong this season behind a powerful offensive attack. Northern Illinois has played better of late and will be at home for this game. Toledo was able to turn around a slow start in their last game for a blowout victory, and I expect more of the same here. Woodside and Hunt are too dangerous of a combo and should lead Toledo to a healthy win. 

Toledo Rockets -6.5

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