Teams looking to improve on last year's success clash in a Mid-American Conference divisional crossover matchup when the Buffalo Bulls visit the Northern Illinois Huskies on Wednesday evening. Buffalo tied for second with Ohio and Kent State in the MAC-East at 5-3 and finished 8-5 overall in 2019. Northern Illinois, meanwhile, tied with Ball State for third in the MAC-West at 4-4 and was 5-7 overall. Buffalo was 2-4 on the road, while Northern Illinois was 3-2 on its home field.
The game from Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill., is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET. Buffalo allowed 21.3 points per game last season, while Northern Illinois gave up 28.2. The Bulls are favored by 14-points in the latest Buffalo vs. Northern Illinois odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points scored is 52.5. Before making any Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo picks, check out the MACtion college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Buffalo vs. Northern Illinois. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo:
- Buffalo vs. Northern Illinois spread: Buffalo -14
- Buffalo vs. Northern Illinois over-under: 52.5 points
- Buffalo vs. Northern Illinois money line: Buffalo -550, Northern Illinois +425
- BUF: RB Jaret Patterson is 188 yards shy of becoming the fifth back in school history to rush for 3,000 career yards
- NIU: Has compiled a 23-6 record in league games played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays since 2010
Why Buffalo can cover
Although junior running back Jaret Patterson led the Bulls in rushing, junior Kevin Marks Jr. helped form a one-two punch in the team's rushing attack. Like Patterson, Marks also rushed for over 1,000 yards, carrying 227 times for 1,035 yards (4.6 average) and eight TDs. He already ranks in the top 10 in school history in career yardage (1,880) and touchdowns (21). Marks had a rushing TD in each of the last six regular-season games.
Also powering the offense is senior wide out Antonio Nunn. The All-MAC third-team receiver started 12 games and led the Bulls in receiving with 49 receptions for 687 yards (14.0 average) and six touchdowns. Nunn had at least two catches in all 12 games he played, including five catches for a season-high 113 yards at Penn State.
Why Northern Illinois can cover
Despite that, the Bulls are not a lock to cover the Buffalo vs. Northern Illinois spread. That's because the Huskies have won the last 12 meetings against the Bulls. Senior quarterback Ross Bowers returns. He transferred from California after graduation and appeared in nine games with eight starts for Northern Illinois. He completed 166 of 287 passes (57.8 percent) for 2,130 yards and seven touchdowns. He was intercepted eight times and had a rating of 122.7.
Also returning is redshirt junior wide receiver Cole Tucker, who led the Huskies with 38 receptions for 531 yards (14.0 average) and one TD last year. He played in all 12 games, including 10 starts. He recorded five catches for 50 yards against Nebraska on Sept. 14. He also had career highs in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (118) against Ohio on Oct. 12.
How to make Buffalo vs. Northern Illinois picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total. In fact, it says Patterson will rush for just over 100 yards and one touchdown, while Northern Illinois' rushing attack will be limited to under 80 yards and one score. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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