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    At 3:30 PM ET on Saturday, the Northern Illinois Huskies (3-4) are at home against the Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-3).

    The Eagles are expected to lose by at least two scores (currently +12) versus the Huskies (with an over/under of 43.5 points).

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    Game Info for Northern Illinois vs. Eastern Michigan

    • Game Day: Saturday, October 21, 2023
    • Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ESPN+
    • Location: DeKalb, Illinois
    • Stadium: Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium
    Northern Illinois vs Eastern Michigan Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Northern Illinois -12 -109 -111 43.5 -109 -111 -481 +360

    Northern Illinois Pick Insights

    • So far this season, Northern Illinois has compiled a 4-3-0 record against the spread.
    • Northern Illinois games have hit the over on four of seven occasions (57.1%).

    Northern Illinois Stats & Insights

    • On defense, Northern Illinois has been a top-25 unit, ranking 23rd-best by surrendering just 320.7 yards per game. The offense ranks 94th (351.3 yards per game).
    • On offense, Northern Illinois ranks 90th in the FBS with 24.9 points per game. Meanwhile, the team’s defense ranks 48th in points allowed (320.7 points allowed per contest).
    • Northern Illinois has struggled in the passing game, ranking 25th-worst in the FBS (191.6 passing yards per game) this season. However, the defense ranks ninth-best on defense, giving up just 166 passing yards per game.
    • Northern Illinois is averaging 159.7 rushing yards per game on offense, which ranks them 60th in the FBS. The team’s defensive unit ranks 87th, surrendering 154.7 rushing yards per contest.
    • Northern Illinois is averaging a 41.1% third-down conversion rate on offense (60th in the FBS), and ranks 49th on defense with a 35.7% third-down percentage allowed.
    • With 10 forced turnovers (47th in the FBS) against nine turnovers committed (61st in the FBS), Northern Illinois’ +1+1 turnover margin ranks 50th in college football.

    Northern Illinois’ Best Players

    • Rocky Lombardi has thrown for 1,187 yards (169.6 ypg) to lead Northern Illinois, completing 57.1% of his passes and collecting six touchdown passes compared to four interceptions this season.
    • The team’s top rusher, Antario Brown, has carried the ball 105 times for 648 yards (92.6 per game), scoring five times.
    • Gavin Williams has been handed the ball 48 times this year and racked up 197 yards (28.1 per game) with three touchdowns.
    • Kacper Rutkiewicz’s team-leading 313 yards as a receiver have come on 20 catches (out of 38 targets) with two touchdowns.
    • Grayson Barnes has hauled in 11 receptions totaling 211 yards, finding the end zone two times as a receiver so far this campaign.
    • Davis Patterson has compiled 13 catches for 160 yards, an average of 22.9 yards per game.
    • George Gumbs has 3.5 sacks to lead the team, and also has three TFL and 23 tackles.
    • Northern Illinois’ top-tackler, Raishein Thomas, has 31 tackles, one TFL, and 1.5 sacks this year.
    • Nate Valcarel has picked off a team-high three passes. He also has 14 tackles and three passes defended to his name.

    Eastern Michigan Betting Insights

    • Eastern Michigan’s ATS record is 4-2-0 this year.
    • Eastern Michigan is 1-0 against the spread so far this season when playing as at least 12-point underdogs.
    • Out of Eastern Michigan’s six games with a set total, two have hit the over (33.3%).

    Eastern Michigan Pick Insights

    • Eastern Michigan ranks second-worst in total yards per game (253.1), but it has been better defensively, ranking 85th in the FBS with 389 total yards allowed per contest.
    • Eastern Michigan has been struggling on offense, ranking 12th-worst in the FBS with 19 points per game. It has been better defensively, allowing 19.4 points per contest (29th-ranked).
    • Eastern Michigan ranks seventh-worst in passing yards per game on offense (142), but at least it has been dominating on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 20th-best in passing yards allowed per contest (185.7).
    • Eastern Michigan has been outplayed on both sides of the ball in terms of rushing this season, ranking 19th-worst in rushing yards (111.1 per game) and seventh-worst in rushing yards surrendered (203.3 per game).
    • Eastern Michigan ranks 17th-worst in third-down conversion rate (31.5%), but it has been more effective defensively, ranking 29th in the FBS with a 33.3% third-down rate allowed.
    • Eastern Michigan has fared really well in terms of turnovers, as its turnover margin of +5 ranks 21st-best in the FBS, with 12 forced turnovers (20th in the nation) and seven turnovers committed (35th in the nation).

    Eastern Michigan’s Best Players

    • Austin Smith has racked up 952 yards on 57.3% passing while collecting six touchdown passes with three interceptions this season. He’s also rushed for 119 yards with one score.
    • Jaylon Jackson has rushed for 340 yards on 70 carries so far this year while scoring one time on the ground.
    • Samson Evans has compiled 331 yards on 74 carries with five touchdowns.
    • Tanner Knue leads his team with 295 receiving yards on 30 receptions with three touchdowns.
    • Hamze Elzayat has collected 186 receiving yards (26.6 yards per game) and two touchdowns on 11 receptions.
    • JB Mitchell III has racked up 174 reciving yards (24.9 ypg) and one touchdown this season.
    • Mikah Coleman paces the team with four sacks, and also has four TFL and 14 tackles.
    • Joseph Sparacio, Eastern Michigan’s top tackler, has 38 tackles, one TFL, and one sack this year.
    • Bennett Walker has a team-high three interceptions to go along with seven tackles and three passes defended.
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