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NIU vs. Ohio - 10/13/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ohio Bobcats (3-2) at NIU Huskies (3-3)
Date & Time Saturday October 13, 2018, 3:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: NIU Huskies -4 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN+
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CFB | Ohio Bobcats (3-2) at NIU Huskies (3-3)
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Northern Illinois Huskies host conference rival the Ohio Bobcats in Saturday college football.

The Ohio Bobcats are gunning for a third straight victory after downing Kent State 27-26 in week six as an 11.5 point favorite. Ohio was outgained 472-414  and lost the turnover battle 4-2 and never led until 1:28 remained in the 4th quarter.

Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke was deadly efficient as he connected on 18-20 for 284 yards and a touchdown along with an interception while rushing for 49 yards and a score on 15 carries.

AJ Ouellette gave the Bobcats 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 rushes while Andrew Meyer was the top receiving option with 90 yards on four receptions including a 59 scoring catch.

The Northern Illinois Huskies ran their conference record to 2-0 following a 24-16 victory at Ball State as a three point favorite. Northern Illinois came up short in yardage department 391-370 but were strong on the ground with over five yards per carry.

Huskies quarterback Marcus Childers connected on 18-29 for 143 yard and a touchdown and interception while running nine times for just five yards.

The Huskies did their best work on the ground behind a 12 carry, 130 performance with Tre Harbison added 48 yards and a pair of scores on 15 totes. DJ Brown was the only NIU receiver of note with seven catches for 48 yards and a TD.

Over is 5-1-1 in Ohio Bobcats last 7 games on fieldturf and over is 10-2-1 in Oho Bobcats last 13 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game and over is 5-1-1 in Ohio Bobcats last 7 road games. NIU Huskies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game and under is 5-0 in NIU Huskies last 5 games on fieldturf and NIU Huskies are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Ohio Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Northern Illinois and road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and Ohio Bobcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings. 

Ohio is a tough team to back because we have to hope this team gets some stops with their Swiss Cheese defense…

Pick:
NIU -4

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