Akron Zips vs NIU Huskies 10/26/2019 Picks, Predictions and Previews
Akron Zips vs NIU Huskies 10/26/2019 – The Northern Illinois University Huskies face the Akron Zips in a cross-conference matchup this Saturday. Online betting sites favor the Huskies to prevail over the Zips even if their season has not exactly been impressive. But the fact that NIU has won its last four games against Akron clearly gives them an edge. On the other end, the Zips are hoping to catch a break. The Zips are still looking for that first win this season. Their struggles are likely the reason why sportsbook sees them as a long shot. A gigantic upset could happen but with tons of prayers against the Huskies.
Akron Zips vs NIU Huskies 10/26/2019
|When:||Saturday, October 26, 2019, 3:30 PM ET|
|Where:||Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, Illinois|
|TV:||CBS Sports Network|
The Akron Zips will need a gigantic boost to overcome the rolling NIU Huskies. The Zips have yet to win a game this season. Based on their last two games, it would be a shocker to see them getting one over the Huskies. Their offense and defense are way below par although the previous games showed some improvement. On offense, the Zips average only 50.4 yards per game on the ground. Defensively, they have allowed opponents to score at least 27 points per game. Against NIU their offense needs to hum. If not, chalk up another loss to Akron.
Players to watch: K. Nelson QB 105 CMP 183 ATT 1,267 YDS 57.4 CMP% 6.9 AVG 64 LNG 8 TD 3 INT; D. Sands RB 35 ATT 91 YDS 2.6 AVG 16 LNG; B. Lee WR 43 ATT 81 YDS 1.9 AVG 16 LNG; N. Stewart WR 30 REC 433 YDS 14.4 AVG 49 LNG; D. Burkhart WR 15 REC 320 YDS 21.3 AVG 64 LNG
Northern Illinois University has not had a great season as well. They have won only two games thus far. One thing noticeable about the Huskies is that they seem to wilt when games are close. Against the Miami of Ohio Redhawks, they gave up 14 points in the third quarter and failed to overhaul it. Making matters worse is the status of quarterback Ross Bowers. He remains questionable due to a concussion. Should he fail to suit up, NIU Huskies are expected to use Marcus Childers. Although he has thrown 181 yards and a touchdown, he needs to step up big against the Zips. Oddsmakers feel they need to score at least 20 points to secure the victory.
Players to watch: R. Bowers QB 133 CMP 232 ATT 1,726 YDS 57.3 CMP% 7.4 AVG 74 LNG 5 TD 4 INT; T. Harbison RB 127 ATT 566 YDS 4.5 AVG 40 LNG; J.Nettles RB 37 ATT 139 YDS 3.8 AVG 34 LNG; C. Tucker WR 29 REC 408 YDS 14.1 AVG 45 LNG; D. Crawford TE 27 REC 346 YDS 12.8 AVG 45 LNG
Akron Zips vs NIU Huskies Betting Numbers
Akron is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Zips’ last 15 games.
Akron is 0-10 SU in their last 10 games.
Akron is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Northern Illinois.
Zips are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games against Northern Illinois.
Huskies are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Northern Illinois’ last 7 games at home.
Huskies are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games this season.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northern Illinois’ last 5 games against an opponent in the Mid-American Conference.
Northern Illinois is 9-2 SU in their last 11 games played in October.
Akron Zips vs NIU Huskies Betting Picks
Top sportsbooks favor the NIU Huskies to prevail over the Akron Zips this Saturday. The Huskies are predicted to win via a score of 8.7-28.3 covering the spread and total going under.