Free Week 2 Prediction: Utes vs Huskies Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) Utah Utes vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 8th 2018
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: Utah -11
NCAA Betting Total: 47.5
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The Utah Utes struggled in the first quarter of last weeks matchup against the Weber State Wildcats trailing 7-10, but after the first they didn’t look back strolling to a 41-10 victory.
The Northern Illinois Huskies opened up the season against a talented Iowa squad, but couldn’t get much going as they fell 7-33.
Utah opened up as 9 point favorites while they currently sit at 11 point favorites with about 78% of the public backing them.
The total for this contest opened up at 52 points and has since dropped to 47.5 points.
Utah’s offense couldn’t be contained against Weber State as they racked up 587 total yards of offense, 268 yards of which came on the ground where they averaged 7.7 YPC.
They did produce 25 first downs, but could have been a little more efficient on third downs where they only converted 5 of 14.
QB Tyler Huntley completed 25 of 40 passes for 279 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception.
RB Zack Morris led the rushing attack racking up 150 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries, while WRs Britain Covey and Siaosi Mariner led the aerial attack where they combined for 152 yards and one touchdown on 13 catches.
On the defensive side, it was a complete shutdown where they held Weber State to just 59 yards, and added three sacks and 11 tackles for a loss.
Northern Illinois Huskies
Northern Illinois’ offense couldn’t get much going on the road against Iowa where they produced just 211 total yards of offense, while they could only convert 3 of 12 attempts on third down.
They also gave the ball away twice, one interception one fumble.
QB Marcus Childers wasn’t too effective as he completed 14 of 25 passes for 105 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
RB Jordan Nettles led the rushing attack producing 74 yards on 13 carries, while WRs Jauan Wesley and D.J. Brown combined for 81 yards and one touchdown on nine catches.
On the defensive side they let Iowa accumulate 352 yards of total offense while they converted 50% of their third down attempts.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- UTAH are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games.
- NIU are 5-11 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
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Northern Illinois tests Utah on the road, but the Utes prevail.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Northern Illinois +11
Northern Illinois isn’t going to be a push over at home where they’ve won their last five contests.
Utah will have to do a better job limiting the turnovers as they coughed up the ball four times to a weaker Weber State.
Not only will Northern Illinois have home field advantage, but Utah has a big Pac-10 matchup with the Washington Huskies at home next week, so they could be looking ahead to that contest.
Despite a huge majority of the public backing Utah, yet Vegas has been slow to adjust this line, and although Utah less than two touchdowns is tempting, I’ll take my chances on Northern Illinois to keep this contest close.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Utah 28 – Northern Illinois 20
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