Northern Illinois vs. Akron Total Prediction
Will Northern Illinois continue its dominant run on defense when the Huskies go on the road to face Akron on Thursday night at 7PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, November 1, 2018
7PM ET – InfoCision Stadium
TV: CBS Sports Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Northern Illinois is favored on the road, as the Huskies are getting odds of -6.5 points against Akron. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 38 points. The public betting for this game currently has 81 percent going on Northern Illinois on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Northern Illinois on a win streak
The Northern Illinois football team in on a four-game win streak following a 7-6 win at BYU this past weekend. The Huskies are now 5-3 overall, 4-0 in the MAC, 4-4 against the spread and 6-2 with the under.
NIU hasn’t had much offense this year, but its defense has been stellar. The Huskies are allowing just 21.1 points and 344.5 yards per contest. On offense, NIU is putting up 17.1 points and 284.3 yards per contest. Marcus Childers has thrown for just 1,064 yards and eight touchdowns with five interceptions. He also has run for 261 yards and three scores. Tre Harbison is the leading rusher with 496 yards and three touchdowns.
Akron wins back-to-back
Akron is coming off a 17-10 win over Central Michigan at home this weekend for a two-game win streak. The Zips are now 4-3 overall, 2-2 in the MAC, 3-4 against the spread and 5-2 with the under.
The Zips have been pretty respectable on defense as well, allowing 23.6 points and 368 yards per game. Their run defense has been shaky, allowing 152.4 yards per game. On offense, Akron is putting up 22.4 points and 315.3 yards per game. Kato Nelson has thrown for 1,348 yards and nine touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also has run for 315 yards. Van Edwards Jr. is the leading rusher with 379 yards and three scores.
College Football Betting Trends
NIU has hit the under in its last six games on fieldturf and in four straight conference games.
Akron has hit the under in six of their last seven games in November and in 20 of their last 27 home games.
Northern Illinois has won four straight in this series and the two have hit the under in three of their last four meetings. However, two of those totals were set at 64 points. The total for this game is extremely low. While these two are capable of hitting that, it’s hard for me to be comfortable expecting a college game to go below 40 points. A lot can go wrong for a defense in a game. You can have special teams break big plays or make big mistakes. NIU has still put up at least 24 points in every MAC game and Akron has given up at least 23 in three of its four conference games. I will trust that the over will hit here.
College Football Prediction: Northern Illinois/Akron Over 38