Week 12 of college football continues as Northern Illinois travels to the Glass Bowl to play against Toledo on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 2:30 P.M. This will be the 47th meeting between these two teams. These two teams have not met since last season when the Huskies beat the Rockets at home by the score of 38-15.
Northern Illinois Looks To Keep Bowl Game Hopes AliveThe Northern Illinois Huskies have been extremely underwhelming this season. Specifically, the Huskies have lost six of their first nine games. As a result, one more loss will eliminate the Huskies from bowl game contention which would be extremely disappointing considering the fact that the program has made a bowl game each of the last two seasons. The main reason for Northern Illinois' struggles has been its offense which is only averaging 23.2 points per game. If the Huskies plan on keeping its bowl game hopes alive, its offense will need to showcase some of the firepower that it possessed last season before it is too late.
Leading the Huskies offensively is senior quarterback Ross Bowers who has been awful ever since he decided to transfer from California. So far this season, he has thrown for 1,947 passing yards and six passing touchdowns. However, he already has eight interceptions which is unacceptable. Interestingly, Bowers technically did not start in the last game as backup quarterback Marcus Childers played the first series. Based on the struggles that Bowers has had, it would not surprise me to see Childers have a much bigger role moving forward.
Defensively, Northern Illinois has been decent but it definitely can improve moving forward. Specifically, the Huskies are allowing 27.90 points per game which ranks 70th in the nation. In addition, the Huskies are allowing 372.70 yards per game which ranks 52nd in the nation. Now, Northern Illinois enters this game off a bye week so perhaps the added preparation time will lead to a better defensive showing in this game.
Toledo Looks To Extend Winning StreakSo far this season, the Toledo Rockets have been pretty good up to this point. Specifically, the Rockets have won six of their first nine games of the season. After a concerning 4-3 start, Toledo has responded by winning each of its last two games. However, those two wins did not come easily as each game was decided by less than four points. On the bright side, Toledo made the necessary plays in order to get those wins which should help instill some confidence moving forward. This game is also extremely important for the Rockets as they will look to potentially move into a tie for first place in the MAC West Division.
Leading the Rockets offensively will be junior quarterback Eli Peters who has been solid this season. Specifically, he has thrown for 365 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. His statistics are more impressive when one includes the fact that he was not the original starting quarterback this season. Senior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni was the original starter but he is currently still out with an injury so Peters is actually undefeated this season as the starter.
Defensively, Toledo has been terrible and it looks like it could be a serious issue moving forward. Specifically, the Rockets are allowing 28.60 points per game which ranks 75th in the nation. In addition, the Rockets are allowing 467.7 yards per game which ranks 118th in the nation. To make matters worse, they have allowed at least 33 points in each of their last games so it does not look like their defense is improving in the slightest as the season progresses.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss.
- Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Rockets are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up win.