Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-5; 5-2 ATS; 1-6 O/U) vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (5-2; 5-2 ATS; 2-5 O/U)
NCAAF: Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:00pm EST
Line: Northern Illinois -7.5
The Northern Illinois Huskies will target their third straight win when they host the Eastern Michigan Eagles in a MAC matchup Thursday night from Huskie Stadiun. The Eagles are coming off a close 20-17 overtime home loss to Western Michigan, and the Huskies made easy work of Bowling Green in a 52-10 road win. The Huskies defeated Eastern Michigan by a 31-24 score last season.
Eagles Edged by Western Michigan in Fifth Straight Loss
The Eastern Michigan Eagles came up just short in a 20-17 home overtime loss to Western Michigan last week, and have now dropped five straight. Brogan Roback played well, recording a season-high 308 passing yards with one touchdown against one interception. The senior quarterback is having a mediocre season, amassing 1817 passing yards with a 10:8 TD to INT ratio. Eagles leading rusher Ian Eriksen was productive, rushing for 96 yards on 23 carries. The junior running back has now tallied 198 yards over his last two games after a slow start to the year and has collected a total of 340 yards on the season. Antoine Porter had his best performance of the season, making 10 catches for 93 yards and is now second in team receiving with 396 receiving yards. The Eagles offense does have some solid pieces however it has not translated to points, as they are only averaging 19.9 points per game.
The Eagles defense did have some trouble slowing the Broncos down last week, conceding 422 total yards, however, they still held them to 17 points before it went to overtime. They have been tremendous when it comes to defending the pass this season, and rely heavily on their defense to win games. The losses are piling up for Eagles as they are now 0-3 in MAC play.
Huskies Offense Shines in Win vs. Bowling Green
The Northern Illinois Huskies continued their strong play with a convincing 48-17 road win against Bowling Green last weekend, extending their winning streak to three games. Marcus Childers made his third straight start and was terrific, completing 21 of 33 passes for 239 yards with three touchdowns against zero picks. The freshman quarterback has been outstanding in his three starts, and now registered 594 passing yards with a 7:1 TD to INT ratio in three games. The Huskies did big damage on the ground, accumulating 338 rushing yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. Tommy Mister rushed for a team-high 115 yards and has now tallied 154 yards on the season. Huskies’ leading rusher Jordan Huff sat out for undisclosed reasons, and it is unknown if he will suit up in this one. Christian Blake only made three grabs for 17 yards in the win and leads his team with 296 yards. The Huskies feature great depth at running back, and their freshman quarterback is in a groove.
The Huskies defense was outstanding in the win over Bowling Green last week, allowing 367 total yards which included only 175 yards in the air. They have played outstanding defense, and rank in the top 15 in the Country in a few defensive categories. Northern Illinois has won three straight and sit in second place in the MAC West with a 3-0 record in conference play.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles are:
- 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 road games against a team with a winning home record.
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record.
- 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
The Northern Illinois Huskies are:
- No Key Trends
I am taking the points with Eastern Michigan in this contest. Eastern Michigan features a very strong defense that should allow them to keep this one close. The Eagles are only allowing an average of 167.9 passing yards per game, so they should contain the Huskies in the air. Also, the Eagles feature a strong passing game that is averaging 274 passing yards per game, and the Huskies have not faced a strong passing game yet in conference play. Eastern Michigan has kept all their games close, losing by five or fewer points in four straight games, and were able to hold a first place Toledo team to only 20 points.
Pick: Eastern Michigan Eagles
Eastern Michigan plays a sound defensive game and the Huskies defense has been outstanding. I expect the Eagles defense to contain the Huskies offense. Northern Illinois has faced three weak teams in conference play, and they will not have the offensive success they’ve had so far in MAC play, plus the under is 6-0 in their last six home games. Northern Illinois is playing terrific defense, so they should contain the Eagles, and the under is 15-3 in Eastern Michigan’s last 18 games overall.