Our Eastern Michigan vs Northern Illinois pick offers the Huskies at -4.5. This Eastern Michigan vs Northern Illinois pick features two teams that have certainly struggled this year. As of this writing, the Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-5 Overall, 2-4 MAC) are sixth, last, in the MAC West. They are 2-3 over their last five games. The Northern Illinois Huskie (4-6 Overall, 3-3 MAC) are fourth in the West. They are 3-2 for their last five contests.
The game will be played on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm ET. It will be held at Huskies Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois. The temperature at kickoff will be 37 degrees. Although there were showers today in DeKalb, there is a zero-percent chance of precipitation at game time. The skies will be partly cloudy. Additionally, wind is not expected to be a factor.
Eastern Michigan vs Northern Illinois Pick – Stats
The Eagles are scoring 27.8 PPG, while the Huskies have been putting up 24.0 per contest. On the other end of the ball, the EMU defense is allowing 31.3 PPG. Also, the NIU D is giving up 27.9. Total offensive yards are 389.1 PG for Eastern Michigan and 371.7 PG for Northern Illinois. The Eagles are passing for 274.9 and rushing for 114.7 per game. On the other hand, NIU’s ground game is averaging 129.8 YPG and their pass attack 241.9.
On defense, EMU is allowing a total of 435.2 YPG while NIU is holding teams to 386.2 YPG. The Eagles are allowing 193.8 rushing yards per game and 241.4 passing yards. NIU is holding teams to 208.3 air and 177.9 ground yards per game. Note, the Eagles have a slight edge on offense, and Northern Illinois a greater advantage on defense.
Eagles vs Huskies – Offense and Defense
Our pick notes that Eagle QB Mike Glass III is completing 65.2% of his passes. He’s notched 16 TD passes, tossed eight picks, and been sacked 11 times. Also, four receivers have 30 or more catches, and three have caught four TD passes. The rush attack is anchored by Shaq Vann. Thus far this season, Vann is averaging 4.7 YPA and has scored sixth times. Glass also has six TD runs. The D has made 17 sacks and defended 29 passes. They’ve also posted eight picks. DB Brody Hoying has notched four PD and two INTs.
Senior Ross Bowers starts at QB. Bowers is completing 57.8% of his passes and has seven TDs and eight INTs. He’s been sacked 18 times. WR Cole Tucker, who has 37 catches for 520 yards and one TD, is the Huskies’ top pass catchers. RB Tre Harbison is the guy generating most of the offense. Harbison has 200 carried for 909 yards and a 4.5 YPA average. He’s scored eight times. This is where the Huskies have the most potential on defense. Although NIU has better defensive yardage stats than EMU, their 12 sacks, 24 PD, and four picks fall short of the Eagle’s totals.
Five Keys to this MAC Game
- NIU RB Harbison – explosive runner could seal the deal
- EMU RB Vann has looked good lately.
- Huskies have a decent rush D
- Eagle’s rush D is vulnerable
- Eastern Michigan has advantage at QB
Our Eastern Michigan vs Northern Illinois Pick
Our Eastern Michigan vs Northern Illinois pick notes that the average score over the last 10 meetings of these two teams is NIU 41.1 and EMU 16. The Huskies over those last 10 games are 6-4 ATS. We like the Northern Illinois rush attack, but we do think that Eastern Michigan has a decent running game and a much better air attack. We are taking EMU at +4.5.