Free Week 8 Prediction: Bulls vs Huskies Odds
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(1-5) Buffalo Bulls vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (1-6)
Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: NIU -22
NCAA Betting Total: 58.5
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These teams have nearly identical records yet Northern Illinois is a huge favourite, how is that for all the respect they have built up over the last few seasons.
I am not sure I would have made them quite so large favourites but they can win all their remaining games.
Things are not going great but Buffalo this year but their one win came when nobody was expecting it (against Army – as an underdog).
None of their other games have been that close, including a loss to FCS Albany.
Buffalo is among the worst offensive teams in the nation this season, and it is not like they have been playing top defenses either.
They rank in the 100s in all major categories but the most important is that they are the third worst scoring team in FBS at 16ppg.
It is hard to expect much of a turnaround in the second half either. They just have nowhere to go and defenses will keep putting the pressure on until they prove they can handle it.
On defense they have some interesting splits.
They are 4th in the nation against the pass but that is mostly because they are terrible against the run – dead last in the nation giving up 285ypg on the ground.
That is Northern Illinois’ preferred method of attack so that number might even go up after Saturday. All that running suppresses scoring a little. They are giving up “only” 32ppg.
Northern Illinois Huskies
NIU lost all of its non-conference games and it wasn’t pretty as they included a loss to FCS Western Illinois.
Since conference play began they are just 1-2 but that includes losses to the top two teams in the league in Western and Central Michigan.
This is clearly not a vintage Huskies team and they have definitely let down a lot of bettors including yours truly. The question is whether we write them off completely.
Their defense has been brutal this season but they are still a pretty good team on the ground so look for them to keep it simple against Buffalo.
Especially since Drew Hare is out for the season with a knee injury. Anthony Maddie has been filling in and it looks like he is a decent runner but he turns the ball over too much through the air.
If he is just a little more efficient that they might get bowl eligible.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 4-0 in Bulls last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Bulls are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Huskies are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Huskies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Huskies are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
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I am not sure there has ever been a line so big between teams with the records that these teams have. Imagine what the number would have been is NIU was having a more normal season with something like a 4-2 record.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Northern Illinois -22
I am not willing to completely give up on the Huskies just yet. Even with a backup QB running the show I think they can announce that they are not as terrible as the look on paper.
Taking on a terrible offense just might be what their beleaguered defense needs to get some confidence.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Northern Illinois 41 – Buffalo 14
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