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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 Huskies are double-digit favorites (currently -12) in their matchup versus the Eagles, with the over/under at 43.5 points. (In terms of the moneyline, the Huskies are -484 and the Eagles are +363.)

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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 -484 +363

    Northern Illinois Pick Insights

    • Northern Illinois has a 4-3-0 record against the spread this season.
    • Northern Illinois games with a set total have hit the over four times this season (57.1%).

    Northern Illinois Stats & Insights

    • Northern Illinois has the 93rd-ranked offense this season (351.3 yards per game), and has been even better on defense, ranking 23rd-best with just 320.7 yards allowed per game.
    • From an offensive standpoint, 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 the ninth-best pass defense this season (166 passing yards allowed per game), but ranks 25th-worst offensively (191.6 passing yards per game).
    • Offensively, Northern Illinois ranks 61st in the FBS with 159.7 rushing yards per game. Meanwhile, the defensive unit ranks 87th in rushing yards allowed per contest (154.7).
    • Offensively, Northern Illinois ranks 60th in the FBS with a 41.1% third-down conversion rate. Meanwhile, the team’s defense ranks 49th in third-down percentage allowed (154.7).
    • 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 recording six touchdown passes compared to four interceptions this season.
    • Antario Brown has racked up 648 yards on 105 carries while finding paydirt five times as a runner.
    • This season, Gavin Williams has carried the ball 48 times for 197 yards (28.1 per game) and three touchdowns.
    • Kacper Rutkiewicz’s 313 yards as a receiver lead the team. He’s been targeted 38 times and has totaled 20 catches and 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 been the target of 26 passes and racked up 13 catches for 160 yards, an average of 22.9 yards per contest.
    • George Gumbs has 3.5 sacks to lead the team, and also has three TFL and 23 tackles.
    • Raishein Thomas is the team’s leading tackler this year. He’s amassed 31 tackles, one TFL, and 1.5 sacks.
    • Nate Valcarel has a team-high three interceptions to go along with 14 tackles and three passes defended.

    Eastern Michigan Betting Insights

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

    Eastern Michigan Pick Insights

    • Eastern Michigan’s offense has been a bottom-25 unit in total offense this season, registering 253.1 total yards per game, which ranks second-worst in the FBS. Defensively, it ranks 85th with 389 total yards ceded per contest.
    • Eastern Michigan ranks 12th-worst in points per game (19), but it has been more productive on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 29th in the FBS with 19.4 points ceded per contest.
    • Offensively, Eastern Michigan is a bottom-25 pass offense, accumulating only 142 passing yards per game (seventh-worst). Fortunately, it is excelling on defense, giving up only 185.7 passing yards per contest (20th-best).
    • Eastern Michigan has lots of room to get better in the running game, as it ranks 20th-worst in rushing yards per game (111.1) and seventh-worst in rushing yards surrendered per game (203.3).
    • Eastern Michigan ranks 17th-worst in third-down conversion percentage (31.5%), but it has been better on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 29th in the FBS with a 33.3% third-down rate allowed.
    • Eastern Michigan has accumulated 12 forced turnovers this season and have turned the ball over seven times, leading to a +5 turnover margin, which ranks 21st-best in the FBS.

    Eastern Michigan’s Best Players

    • Austin Smith has compiled 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 totaled 331 yards on 74 carries with five touchdowns.
    • Tanner Knue’s 295 receiving yards (42.1 yards per game) are a team high. He has 30 catches on 49 targets with three touchdowns.
    • Hamze Elzayat has put together a 186-yard season so far with two touchdowns. He’s caught 11 passes on 20 targets.
    • JB Mitchell III’s 34 targets have resulted in 18 grabs for 174 yards and one touchdown.
    • Mikah Coleman has four sacks to pace the team, and also has four TFL and 14 tackles.
    • Joseph Sparacio is the team’s leading tackler this year. He’s collected 38 tackles, one TFL, and one sack.
    • Bennett Walker leads the team with three interceptions, while also recording seven tackles and three passes defended.

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