Ohio Bobcats (7-4) at Northern Illinois Huskies (8-3)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 24, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -13.5 -- Over/Under:
The Ohio Bobcats will travel to
The Ohio Bobcats will travel to Huskie Stadium to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies this Tuesday night in College Football action.
The Ohio Bobcats improved to 7-4 (4-3 MAC East) on the season after they defeated the Ball State Cardinals 48-31 this past Tuesday. Ohio was able to outgain Ball State by a 607-421 margin and didn’t commit any turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bobcats was QB JD Sprague who completed 15 of 22 passes for 275 yards and 3 TD’s while adding another 46 yards on the ground. On the season, Ohio is averaging 27.5 ppg on 427.8 yards per game (244.6 passing, 183.2 rushing). The Bobcats are led by QB Derrius Vick who has 10 TD’s and 6 INT on the season and is averaging 180.9 yds/game and should be back starting after missing the last game due to injury. Sebastian Smith (65.1 yards/game, 7 TD) and Jordan Reid (50.8 yds/game, 4 TD) lead the way for the Ohio WR’s. Leading the Bobcats rushing attack has been A.J. Ouellette (45.64 yds/game, 5 TD) and Daz’mond Patterson (45.18 yds/game). Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 25.2 ppg on 377.7 yards per game (213.1 passing, 164.6 rushing). The Bobcats have protected the ball well as they’ve only committed 12 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of plus 6. Ohio has been led defensively by LB Quentin Poling who has 54 tackles, 3.0 sacks, and 3.0 INT.
The Northern Illinois Huskies won their 4th straight game and improved to 8-3 (6-1 MAC West) on the season after defeating the Western Michigan Broncos 27-19 this past Wednesday. Northern Illinois scored 13 unanswered points in the 4th quarter in the victory while forcing the Broncos into committing 2 turnovers. Leading the way for the Huskies was RB Jordan Huff who had a 159 yards and a TD on just 8 carries. On the season, Northern Illinois is averaging 35.8 ppg on 450.8 yards per game (224.8 passing, 226.0 rushing). The Huskies have been led by RB Joel Bouagnon who has rushing TD’s on the season and is averaging 106.91 yds/game. QB Drew Hare is averaging 218.0 yds/game and has 14 TD & 4 INT. Kenny Golladay has been the main receiving threat for Northern Illinois as he is averaging 94.1 yds/game and has 8 TD’s on the season. Defensively, Northern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 24.7 ppg on 390.4 yards per game (239.2 passing, 151.2 rushing). The Huskies have a turnover margin of plus 5 on the season and have been led defensively by DB Shawun Lurry who 8 INT.
The Bobcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win however, just 4-9 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Huskies are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Ohio has had an up and down season but has really struggled on the road in conference play as of late as in their last two home games at Bowling Green and Buffalo, the Bobcats lost both games by a combined score of 103-41. With their win against Western Michigan, Northern Illinois will win the MAC West with a victory in this game as they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Toledo. Northern Illinois has been great over the last month and I think the Huskies use their strong rushing attack to defeat the Bobcats and cover this spread. Take Northern Illinois to cover.