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GoDaddy Bowl Features NIU vs ASU

Arkansas State Red WolvesNorthern Illinois Huskies
Jan 8, 9:00 PM | Turf of Ladd Peebles Stadium

Arkansas State Red Wolves vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds


The GoDaddy.com Bowl may not be a clash of college football titans, but it will put two exciting dual-threat quarterbacks on display when Northern Illinois faces Arkansas State.

Junior quarterback Ryan Aplin leads the Red Wolves, while quarterback Chandler Harnish led the Huskies to the No. 13 offensive rank in the nation.

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This season the Huskies are 10-3 overall and 5-8 ATS against the number, while the Red Wolves are 10-2 and 10-2 ATS. As for the totals, Northern Illinois is 7-6 on the OU, and Arkansas State is 4-8.

View Arkansas State vs Northern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Sportsbooks have set the Huskies as 1-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northern Illinois's No. 13-ranked offense (38.3 PPG) against a Red Wolves defense that ranks No. 15 at 19.3 PPG. The Huskies passing attack has averaged 234.2 yards per game, more than the Red Wolves give up through the air (218.4 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Red Wolves own the league's No. 28-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 128.7 yards per game when on the road. Northern Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 6 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Arkansas State was a 45-14 winner in its last match at home against Troy. They covered the 18.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 59 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Northern Illinois was a 23-20 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Ohio. They failed to cover the 3.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (43) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Arkansas State Red Wolves Trends:
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When favored on the road are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 2-8

Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing in January are 0-1
When playing on turf are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When an underdog at home are 7-3

A few Red Wolves at Huskies trends to consider:
Arkansas State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Arkansas State's last 14 games
Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Illinois's last 6 games
Northern Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games