Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Northern Illinois has been the model of consistency in the Mid-American Conference over the past decade. Head Coach Rod Carey enters his third season on the sidelines with a 23-6 record. The Huskies went 11-3 last season, 7-1 in the MAC. Northern Illinois beat Bowling Green in the Conference title game but lost 52-23 to Marshall in the Boca Raton Bowl. The 2015 Northern Illinois Huskies return twelve starters and are one again the team to beat in the MAC-West Division. The Northern Illinois Huskies plays home games at the 23,500 seat Huskie Stadium on campus in DeKalb, Illinois.
Junior quarterback Drew Hare led the Huskies to an upset win at Northwestern early last season and wound up with (2,322) passing yards. Hare will be under center again in 2015. The Huskies backfield in stacked, and it will probably be running back by committee with three players getting the majority of carries. Northern Illinois lost its best receiver from a year ago, but the wideout position is where the team has the most talent and speed. Florida native Tommy Lee Lewis is the headliner. First-team preseason All-Conference Center Andrew Ness anchors a young offensive line. Northern Illinois will get pushed again by Toledo and Western Michigan. The Northern Illinois Huskies went 7-7 on NCAA Football Point Spread Predictions last season, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the betting odds total nine.
*Northern Illinois put up 441.2 yards of offense per game, 40th in the nation.
*NIU went 2-5 ATS at home last season.
*The Huskies were 5-2 to the number on the road.
*The betting odds total was 3-4 in DeKalb last season.
*Northern Illinois went over the betting odds total twice on the road.
*The Huskies stayed under the betting odds total five times on the road.
*The Huskies passing attack averaged 192.1 yards per contest, 99th in the FBS.
*NIU scored an average of 31.5 ppg ranking 50th nationally.
*The 249.1 yards per contest running the football was 17th in the NCAA Football landscape.
Seven starters return to the 2015 Northern Illinois defense from last season unit. There’s depth and talent in a secondary that got tested early in 2014, but came on strong. Safety Marlon Moore (99) tackles led the team, two other starters return. Two aggressive and physical linebackers are back in the mix, leaving one spot open. Defensive End Perez Ford is the leader of an experienced defensive line.
*The Northern Illinois defense allowed the opposition 391.6 yards per game, 59th in the FBS.
*The Huskies pass defense was 64th nationally, giving up 228.5 yards per contest to opponents.
*The 25.6 ppg given up by NIU was 52nd in NCAA Football.
*The Huskies run defense gave up 163.1 yards per game last season, 60th in the nation.
*The Huskies will get a nice payday with a trip to Ohio State on September 19th.
*Northern Illinois ends 2015 with home conference games with Western Michigan and Ohio University.
Bovada lists Northern Illinois at over/under eight and a half wins in 2015.
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