The Northern Illinois Huskies (6 - 3, 4 - 1 CONF) are consistently one of the better under-the-radar teams in the entire NCAA. NIU is hitting the road this week to take on the Buffalo Bulls (5 - 4, 3 - 2 CONF) on the road in Buffalo. NIU has won four straight games, including an upset win over #24 Toledo. Buffalo has won their past three games as well though the competition has been far more slack.
The Buffalo Bulls are scoring 27 PPG while giving up 24 PPG to opposing teams. Buffalo has started to establish themselves in recent weeks through the air. QB Joe Licata (2,066 yards, 12 TDs, 8 INT) is coming off of a game against Kent State where he threw for 190 yards and 2 scores. Licata has turnovers in back to back games and he has to stop that streak if he wants to beat the opportunistic NIU Huskies.
I love watching Northern Illinois play, their offense is always exciting to catch. They are averaging over 443 yards in offense a game this year! It's going to be a close game between them and Buffalo. I look for Buffalo to keep the game close, they are coming home after two straight wins on the road. Look for their crowd to welcome them back and keep them in the game tonigh. I have Northern Illinois winning by 6 in a high scoring affair.
Pick: Over 54.5