Northern Illinois vs. Ohio Prediction, Game Preview

    NIU will try to secure the MAC West title, while Ohio will be shooting for a bigger and better bowl game.

    November 24, 2015

    Thanks to its win over Toledo a few weeks ago, Northern Illinois (8-3) will win the MAC West title with a win over Ohio and be off to face Bowling Green for the championship. Ohio (7-4) can play spoiler and improve its bowl potential with a third straight win and a chance to possibly give Toledo an opening. Check out the Northern Illinois vs. Ohio prediction and game preview.

    Northern Illinois vs. Ohio Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Tuesday, November 24
    Game Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, IL

    Network: ESPNU

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    Why Ohio Will Win

    All the pressure is on the NIU side – Ohio can turn it loose. Rolling over the last two games with easy wins over Kent State and Ball State, the Ohio offense has been effective and efficient as the season finishes up. The Bobcat passing game has been on fire with 240 yards or more in five of the last six games, and even through there wasn’t much scoring until the last two games with five touchdown passes, there haven’t been any picks in the wins over Kent State and Ball State. JD Sprague was on fire last week, Derrick Vick was terrific the week before. The offense is going to work, and it’ll have to because …

    Why Northern Illinois Will Win

    The Ohio secondary has been hit or miss. The good passing teams haven’t have any issues, with Bowling Green cranking up 399 yards and five touchdown passes, and Ball State overcoming a rocky day with two scoring throws. The Bobcats’ bigger issue? Stopping the decent running teams, and NIU has one of the best ground games in the MAC. Ohio has allowed 12 touchdown runs over the last five games, while the Huskies have roared for 300 yards or more in three of the last five games. Ohio’s defensive front doesn’t have the ability to stop NIU backs before they can get started.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    NIU will turn on the ground attack early and it won’t stop until it has the MAC West title secured. Expect over 300 rushing yards in an impressive Huskie performance.

    Northern Illinois vs. Ohio Prediction

    Final Score: Northern Illinois 44, Ohio 24, Line: Northern Illinois -13.5, o/u: 56

    Must See Rating: 5: Creed – 1: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade … 3

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