Northern Illinois (@2.87) vs Vanderbilt (@1.4)

Our Prediction:

Vanderbilt will win

Northern Illinois – Vanderbilt Match Prediction | 28-09-2019 12:00

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He takes a whole lot of shots, though, and has been banged up throughout his career. The passing game wasinefficient, but it got better.Marcus Childers was the second-leading rusher, but he only threw 15 touchdown passes with just ten picks. Junior Anthony Thompson has to be ready after getting in a little bit of work. Late in the year, though, he was accurate, hitting 64% of his passes or better in five of the last six games, and came through in the MAC title game with four touchdown throws in the comeback win.

The Vanderbilt Commodores will be out for their first win of the season after starting the year with 3 straight losses, falling to LSU in their last outing by a final score of 66-38. As a team, Vanderbilt is averaging 363.3 yards of total offense and 22.7 points per game while allowing 541 yards of total defense and 46 points per game against this season. Riley Neal has thrown for 669 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 58.2% passing while KeShawn Vaughn leads the Dores with 260 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. Defensively, Dashaun Jenkins leads the Commodores with 25 total tackles this season, including 15 solo tackles. Kalija Lipscomb leads Vanderbilt in receiving with 16 catches for 174 yards while Chris Pierce has 149 receiving yards and Jared Pinkney is Vandys 3rd 100-yard receiver so far this season.

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Vanderbilt is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Northern Illinois is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against the SEC and 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a team with a losing home record.

Ill lay the touchdown with Vanderbilt if forced to pick, but theres much better options on Saturdays card. Northern Illinois has had success ATS against the SEC and have been a profitable road play for quite some time, but the Huskies havent looked good on the road at all this season, and I dont think that changes here. Normally Im not the guy to lay a touchdown with a winless team, even at home. But Vanderbilt hasnt given themselves an easy go of things so far this season, as theyve already played two top-10 teams in conference and at the same time did just rack up 38 points against a pretty good LSU defense.

Last year, they gave up 22.6 points per game, which was good enough for 34th in the country and only 109.2 yards per game on the ground, 11th nationally. They lost their two time consensus All American DE Sutton Smith to the NFL. However, they struggled in the passing game yielding 247.8 ypg- 95th nationally. On defense, the Huskies are returning seven starters, including four of their front seven- three LBs and one DL. Its hard to tell if the Huskies exploit MACtion market inefficiencies by using a ground game attack vs the MACs air-it-out reputation, or if their rushing game and defense is really just that good. Yikes.

The offense will look different than previous NIU iterations. They dont have the fire power in the air to play from behind. Hammock is an experienced coach, but a first time HC. The beginning of the season will undoubtedly have wrinkles to iron out. If they keep the ball on the ground, and control the clock, they can wear out defenses. Despite having a very good linebacking core, they dont have the talent to get to the passer or the DBs to compete with elite pass catchers.

Last year, their rushing offense ranked 70th in the NCAA last year with 166.9 yards per game. They will continue to produce on the ground, though. This bodes well for experience in the trenches and in the power aspects of their offense. They return their top three RBs, Tre Harbison Jr (who was 2nd Team All MAC), Marcus Jones, Jordan Nettles, and Erin Collins, a graduate transfer from NCSt. Of six returning starters on offense, three are offensive linemen.