Huskies vs Zips Game Preview
Northern Illinois Huskies vs Akron Zips Odds
Getting a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for the Huskies on Saturday when they take on the Zips at InfoCision Stadium in Week 8 action.
The Huskies will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 5-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Zips are 4-3 ATS. Northern Illinois is 2-4 on the totals; Akron is 4-2.
Betting Line: Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Zips as 13.5-point underdogs in the matchup, while the betting total was sitting around 66 at .
Power Rankings / Prediction: The Zips - Huskies odds would favor the Huskies if the lines were set according to power ranks. Akron is rated No. 113 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Huskies sit at No. 109. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 49-27 win for the Huskies.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Akron's No. 45-ranked offense (33 PPG) against a Huskies defense that ranks No. 30 at 19.7 PPG. The Zips passing attack has averaged 333.6 yards per game, more than the Huskies give up through the air (228.4 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Huskies own the league's No. 120-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 307.5 yards per game when on the road. Akron, on the other hand, rates No. 103 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Northern Illinois was a 45-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against Buffalo. They covered the 14-point spread as favorites, while the total score (48) made winners of UNDER bettors. Jordan Lynch ran through the Buffalo defense for 129 yards in Northern Illinois's last game, handing the Bulls a 45-3 setback on Saturday at Huskie Stadium.
In their last action, Akron was a 34-28 loser on the road against Ohio. They covered the 18.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (62) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Jawon Chisholm ran through the Ohio defense for 177 yards in Akron's last game, but the Zips still lost a 34-28 decision at Peden Stadium.
Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing in October are 9-1
When playing on turf are 10-0
After outgaining opponent are 10-0
When playing within the conference are 10-0
Akron Zips Trends:
When playing in October are 0-10
When playing on turf are 1-9
After outgaining opponent are 1-9
When playing within the conference are 0-10
A few Huskies at Zips trends to consider:
Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northern Illinois's last 5 games when playing Akron
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Illinois's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Akron's last 5 games when playing Northern Illinois
Akron is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Northern Illinois
Akron is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Northern Illinois
Akron is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, Saturday, October 27
Akron at Central Michigan, Saturday, October 27