Free Preview: Utah Utes vs. Northern Illinois Huskies

Jose VasquezArticles, College Football, Football

The Utah Utes (-11) and Northern Illinois Huskies will collide on the turf at Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET and ESNN is in line to have the TV rights.

Betting Preview: Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Utah Utes

In this Saturday matchup, Utah is tabbed as the big favorite and is currently giving up 11 points. The Utes are also receiving -450 moneyline odds while the Huskies are +325. If one team can create a bunch of points early, it’ll likely create a worthwhile live betting scenario.

The line initially opened at 10 but sharp bettors are siding with the Utes,

The Utes have gained 0.0 units so far and are 1-0 against the spread (ATS). The team has posted an O/U record of 0-0.

The Huskies have lost 1.0 unit this season. The team is 0-1 ATS and has an O/U record of 0-1.

The Utes have gone 1-0 straight up (SU) in 2018 while the Huskies are 0-1 SU.

The Utes are hoping to stay unbeaten following a 41-10 win over Weber State last week. Tyler Huntley completed 24-of-39 passes for 253 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Zack Moss (150 rushing yards on 16 attempts, one TD) spearheaded the running attack. Britain Covey (six receptions, 53 yards) and Siaosi Mariner (six catches, 73 yards, one TD) shared the receiving duties in the win.

One week ago, Iowa got the victory against this Northern Illinois crew by a score of 33-7. The Huskies defense let the Hawkeyes kill the clock by rushing for 209 yards on 48 attempts, including three rush TDs. Toren Young put up a productive outing in the win for Iowa, recording 84 rushing yards and a score on eight attempts. For Northern Illinois, Marcus Childers completed 14-of-25 passes for 105 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Jordan Nettles (74 rushing yards on 13 attempts) and the signal-caller Childers (-33 yards on 10 carries) handled the running attack while D.J. Brown (five receptions, 38 yards) and Jauan Wesley (four catches, 43 yards, one TD) led the pass-catching attack in the loss.

It seems like the Huskies ought to hold an advantage along both the offensive and defensive fronts, as their offensive line allowed only 26 sacks last season while the D-line logged 43 sacks. The Utes O-line gave up 38 sacks last year and their defense forced only 25 sacks..

Utah Utes vs. Northern Illinois Huskies NCAA Tip

SU Winner: Utah, ATS Winner: Utah

Betting Trends

  • The Utah defense has 3 sacks on the year while Northern Illinois has one.
  • The Northern Illinois offense has lost one fumble this season while Utah has lost three,
  • Utah created 22 rushing touchdowns last season.
  • Northern Illinois put up 18 rushing touchdowns last season.
  • The Utes registered 4.1 yards per carry last season while allowing a YPC of 4.0 to opponents.
  • The Huskies tallied 4.1 yards per carry last season and allowed 3.0 yards per rush attempt to opponents.
  • Utah logged 18 passing touchdowns last season.
  • Northern Illinois recorded 25 passing touchdowns last season.