Northern Illinois vs. Akron Prediction: Picks & Start Time – November 26, 2022

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MAC rivals will do battle when the Northern Illinois Huskies (3-8) meet the Akron Zips (1-9) at Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.

Northern Illinois vs. Akron Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 10 points, with sportsbooks listing Northern Illinois as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, Northern Illinois has -361 odds to pick up the win, while Akron is listed at +282 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 53 points.

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Game Info

How to Watch Northern Illinois vs. Akron Live?

  • Game Day: Saturday, November 26, 2022
  • Game Time: 1:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN3
  • Location: DeKalb, Illinois
  • Stadium: Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium

Betting Preview

Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois is totaling 383.3 yards per game on offense (75th in the FBS), and rank 77th on the other side of the ball, yielding 385.1 yards allowed per game. Despite having a bottom-25 scoring defense that ranks 20th-worst in the FBS (31.7 points allowed per game), Northern Illinois has had more success offensively, ranking 67th in the FBS by putting up 28.6 points per game. Northern Illinois has been a bottom-25 pass offense this season, ranking 18th-worst with 183.6 passing yards per game. The defense is ranked 99th in the FBS (247.5 passing yards allowed per game). Northern Illinois has the 48th-ranked defense this year in terms of rushing yards (137.6 rushing yards allowed per game), and has been better offensively, ranking 23rd-best with 199.6 rushing yards per game. Despite sporting a bottom-25 defense on third down that ranks 15th-worst in the FBS (44.8% third-down conversion rate), Northern Illinois has put up better results on the other side of the ball, ranking 51st in the FBS by putting up a 41.2% third-down percentage. With 16 forced turnovers (62nd in the FBS) against 14 turnovers committed (40th in the FBS), Northern Illinois (+2) owns the 53rd-ranked turnover margin in college football.

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Akron’s defense has been a bottom-25 unit in total defense this season, surrendering 430.5 total yards per game, which ranks 22nd-worst. On the offensive side of the ball, it ranks 89th with 363.9 total yards per contest. This season has been difficult for Akron on both offense and defense, as it is averaging just 19.5 points per contest (17th-worst) and surrendering 36.7 points per game (sixth-worst). Akron’s passing attack has been leading the charge for the team, as it ranks 21st-best in the FBS with 281.7 passing yards per game. In terms of defense, it is giving up 247.2 passing yards per game, which ranks 98th. Akron’s running game has been sputtering, ranking third-worst in the FBS with 82.2 rushing yards per game. It has been more productive defensively, giving up 183.3 rushing yards per contest (105th-ranked). Akron ranks 106th in the FBS with a 34.2% third-down conversion rate on offense, and 71st with a 39.2% third-down percentage allowed on defense. After forcing eight turnovers (130th in the FBS) and turning the ball over 20 times (107th in the FBS) this season, Akron has the 100th-ranked turnover margin of -12.

Northern Illinois vs. Akron Betting Analysis

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Northern Illinois Betting Insights

Northern Illinois is 4-7-0 against the spread this season. Northern Illinois is winless against the spread when it has played as 10-point or greater favorites (0-1). Northern Illinois games have finished with a final combined score above the over/under eight times this season. The Huskies have been the moneyline favorite a total of five times this season, and they’ve lost all of those games. The Huskies have yet to play as a moneyline favorite of -361 or shorter.

Zips Betting Insights

Akron has covered the spread in a matchup four times this season (4-5-1). In games as an underdog by 10 points or more so far this year, the Zips have gone 3-3 against the spread. Games involving Akron have hit the over on four occasions this season. The Zips have been listed as the underdog eight times this season and have failed to win any of those games. This season, the Zips have been at least a +282 underdog on the moneyline six times, losing each of those contests.

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Northern Illinois vs. Akron Against The Spread & Betting Records

Northern Illinois

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 56.7 54.2 58.8
Implied Total AVG 32.6 32.2 33.0
ATS Record 4-7-0 0-5-0 4-2-0
Over/Under Record 8-3-0 5-0-0 3-3-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 0-5 0-3 0-2
Moneyline Underdog Record 2-3 0-1 2-2


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 57.4 54.5 60.3
Implied Total AVG 38.4 33.0 43.8
ATS Record 4-5-1 2-2-1 2-3-0
Over/Under Record 4-6-0 2-3-0 2-3-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 1-0 1-0 0-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 0-8 0-4 0-4

Players to Watch

Northern Illinois

  • C.J. Brown has helped spur the Huskies’ defense with 60 tackles and one interception in 11 games.
  • The Huskies’ defense has been aided by the contributions of Daveren Rayner, who has suited up for 11 games and collected 3.5 sacks to go with 3.0 TFL and 49 tackles.
  • As part of the Huskies’ defensive unit, Devonte O’Malley has totaled 23 tackles, 3.0 TFL, and five sacks in 11 games.
  • With 6.0 sacks to go along with 5.0 TFL and 23 tackles, Michael Kennedy has helped spur the Huskies’ defense over 11 games.


  • In 10 games for the Zips, Bubba Arslanian has posted 1.0 sack to go with 5.0 TFL, 74 tackles, and one interception.
  • Victor Jones has delivered 36 tackles, 7.0 TFL, and 2.5 sacks in 10 games for the Zips.
  • Darrian Lewis has been causing chaos on defense, compiling 1.0 sack to go with 3.0 TFL, 34 tackles, and one interception for the Zips.
  • With 41 tackles in 10 games, Nate Thompson has been doing his part on defense for the Zips.

Northern Illinois vs. Akron Predictions and Pick

Northern Illinois vs. Akron betting card

    Pick ATS:

    Huskies (-10)

    Pick OU:

    Over (53)

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How to Bet on Northern Illinois vs. Akron

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Our pick to win this matchup is Northern Illinois, and we project that Northern Illinois will cover the spread (Northern Illinois -10). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 53 points.


Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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