NIU vs. Akron Prediction

Akron Zips vs. Northern Illinois Huskies, 11/1/18 Predictions & Odds

Can Northern Illinois keep up its unbeaten run in the MAC when the Huskies go on the road to face Akron tonight at 7PM ET?

Game Snapshot & Odds

311 Northern Illinois at 312 Akron

Thursday, November 1, 2018

7PM ET – InfoCision Stadium

TV: CBS Sports Network

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Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers at, Northern Illinois is favored on the road, as the Huskies are getting odds of -6 points against Akron. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 37 points. The public betting for this game currently has 72 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.

Zips gaining steam

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. Their cover last week snapped a three-game losing streak at the betting window.

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.

NIU perfect in the MAC

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. They have covered the spread in three of their last four games.

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.

College Football Betting Trends


Akron has covered the spread in four straight games following a win and in seven of their last 10 games in November.

Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois is 2-5 ATS in their last seven Thursday games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a win.


This could be a hard game to watch. The total is set incredibly low for a college football game. Akron hasn’t played much at home, but the results have been mixed. They were manhandled by Miami-Ohio already this year and now face a solid NIU team. The Huskies haven’t won a MAC game by more than 8 points all year, so the spread is a little scary. However, NIU is a storied MAC program and I trust them to handle their business on the road. NIU’s defense should be the story of this game.

College Football Prediction: Northern Illinois -6

Related: Northern Illinois vs. Akron Total Prediction

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