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#363 Northern Illinois -2.5 vs.
#364 Miami - OH 49
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:30pm EDT
Yager Stadium, Oxford
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week eight of college football continues as Northern Illinois travels to Yager Stadium to play against Miami (OH) on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2:30 P.M. This will be the 19th meeting between these two teams. These two teams have not met since last season when the RedHawks narrowly beat the Huskies on the road by a score of 13-7.

Northern Illinois Looks For Another Road Win

The Northern Illinois Huskies entered the 2019 season with hopes of defending their conference championship in the MAC. So far this season, Northern Illinois has looked underwhelming as it has four losses in its first six games. In addition, the Huskies are only 1-1 in conference games up to this point. However, Northern Illinois did manage to win a thrilling conference road game against Ohio last week by the score of 39-36 so perhaps that momentum will carry over for the program this Saturday.

The starting quarterback for the Huskies is seniorRoss Bowers who has been okay ever since he decided to transfer from California. So far this season, he has thrown for 1,635 passing yards and five passing touchdowns. In addition, he also has one rushing touchdown. However, he already has five interceptions so he will need to do a much better job at limiting turnovers on Saturday if he plans on leading Northern Illinois to a victory.

Northern Illinois' biggest threat on defense is senior linebacker Antonio Jones-Davis who has been great through the first six games. So far this season, he has a team-high two sacks along with a team-high 51 total tackles. In addition, he also has one interception so he has been effective in pass coverage as well. He is clearly the best all-around defensive player on the Huskies and he will look to play like it on Saturday.

RedHawks Look For Home Upset

The Miami (OH) RedHawks entered the 2019 season with hopes of making it back into a bowl game. However, that goal is looking a bit unlikely as they have lost four of their first six games of the season. In addition, Miami got humiliated last week on the road against Western Michigan as it lost by 22 points so it is in terrible form entering this game. To make matters worse, Miami has lost three of its last four games so a loss here could potentially derail its season while a win could potentially salvage its season. As a result, look for the RedHawks to come into this game extremely focused as the fate of their season is at risk.

The starting quarterback for the RedHawks is freshmanBrett Gabbert who has looked underwhelming in the first few games of the season. So far this season, Gabbert has thrown for 909 passing yards along with three passing touchdowns. In addition, he also has three rushing touchdowns. However, he has also thrown five interceptions so ball security has been a huge issue for him over the course of the season.

Miami's biggest threat on defense is senior defensive back Bart Baratti who has been great through the first six games. So far this season, he has a team-high 2.5 sacks along with 34 total tackles. In addition, he also has one interception and one defensive touchdown so he is a serious threat in all areas of the defense. Look for him to make some key plays in Saturday's game as a result.

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Even though Miami has been solid at home this season, I think that Northern Illinois is the better team. Northern Illinois has had four road games already this season so it is used to playing on the highway and it even managed to win a conference road game against Ohio last week so I do not think that Miami's home-field advantage will have much of an impact. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Northern Illinois -2.5

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In this conference game, I have to take the under. Both teams combined to score just 20 points in last season's matchup so I think this total is too high. Plus, Miami has scored less than 21 points in each of its last four games so I question this team's ability to score more than 20 points in any given game. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 20-17 so I will take the under.

Prediction: Under 48.5
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.