Free Week 1 Prediction: Redbirds vs. Huskies Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Illinois State Redbirds vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 31
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: Northern Illinois -5.5
NCAA Betting Total: 42.5
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The NCAA season is finally here and we have a Saturday filled with college football. In this game the Illinois State Redbirds make the trip to Huskie Stadium to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies.
Illinois State Redbirds
The Illinois State Redbirds had high expectations coming into last season and got off to a strong start going 5-1 including a win against Colorado State.
The second half of the season wasn’t as good losing their next four games and when the season was over they had a 6-5 record.
This year the expectation is that they won’t have that fall off because of the talent and the experience they have on the roster.
On offense it’s all about the running game and all eyes will be on James Robinson who is one of the top backs in the FCS.
Former Memphis Tigers quarterback Brady Davis is under center and he was really good last year. This isn’t going to be a cruise game for the Huskies.
Northern Illinois Huskies
On the other side of this matchup is the Northern Illinois Huskies who hope to be a team in contention for a MAC title.
There is a bit of change up top after Rod Carey left to take the Temple job. In comes Thomas Hammock who the team hopes can continue with the winning traditions.
The big question for the Huskies is how much better will Marcus Childers be throwing the ball. Last season he was a run first running back, and they need him to be better this year throwing the ball.
The Huskies are known for having a strong defense and it’s going to be key that the defense is strong again this year.
If the defense is strong, they are going to have no issue coming out ahead in this game.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
Illinois State is 3-20 SU in its last 23 games
Illinois State is 3-20 SU in its last 23 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northern Illinois’s last 5 games at home
Northern Illinois is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
The Huskies are the better team, but I think the Redbirds will keep it close.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Redbirds +5.5
The Huskies are going to win this game, but the Redbirds will cover this spread.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Northern Illinois 24 – Illinois State 21
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