Free Week 9 Prediction: Huskies vs Cougars Odds
Looking for Northern Illinois Huskies vs. BYU Cougars free picks? Week 9 betting sees the Huskies taking on the Cougars on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Northern Illinois Huskies vs. BYU Cougars free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(4-3) Northern Illinois Huskies vs. BYU Cougars (4-3)
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah
NCAA Football Spread: -7
NCAA Betting Total: 43.5
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The Huskies got off to a slow start this season but have recently started to turn things around with three wins in a row.
The Cougars are also coming off a win, but they, on the other hand, have lost two of their last three after starting the year 3-1.
This game can be seen on ESPNU.
Northern Illinois Huskies
The Huskies enter this contest as the 126th ranked team on the offensive side of the ball. The team is posting just an average of 295.7 yards per contest, collecting 160.1 yards on the ground per outing and 135.6 yards through the air.
Northern Illinois is on the road this week, where the team has gone 2-2 on the season. The Huskies have only been .500 on the road, but they’ve gone a perfect 4-0 against conference foes so far this year.
On the road, the NIU is doing a decent job on defense, giving up just 27.2 to home teams. The problem is that the Huskies are only managing 19 points per game of their own in that scenario.
That makes them a negative-8.2 in terms of net margin on the road throughout the year.
BYU enters this game on Saturday as the 118th-ranked offense in the country. So if the Huskies are going to face a team that struggles as much as they are offensively, both teams are going to need to be on the lookout for big plays.
BYU is averaging 330.0 yards per game in total while collecting an average of 139.9 yards on the ground per outing and 190.1 yards passing through the air.
The Cougars are 2-2 at home this season, where they’ll be taking on the Huskies of NIU. At home Brigham Young University is posting 29.2 points per night and is only allowing visiting teams to score 23.0 points on average.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 14-5 in BYU last 19 games on grass.
- Under is 19-7 in BYU last 26 non-conference games.
- BYU are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games
- NIU are 28-12-2 ATS in their last 42 road games.
- NIU are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Under is 7-3 in NIU last 10 games as an underdog.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Pick
This is going to be a low-scoring game. In a low-scoring game, it’s difficult to project any team winning by more than a touchdown.
But that’s what we’re doing here.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: BYU Cougars ATS
Although neither team is going to threaten 30-plus points, one squad in particular is going to struggle more than the other offensively. That team will be the NIU Huskies.
With that in mind, we’re picking the Cougars both Straight Up and Against the Spread.
This spread will likely come down to one single big play. It could be on offense—a deep ball or breakaway run. It could be on defense—a Pick Six or fumble recovery for touchdown.
But the way NIU struggles with the ball, the big play is likely to come from BYU’s side.
And that will be enough in an otherwise close (if ugly) contest.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: BYU Cougars 27 – NIU Huskies 17
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