Northern Illinois vs. South Florida Game Preview & Fearless Prediction

Check out the Northern Illinois vs. South Florida fearless prediction and game preview.

Northern Illinois vs. South Florida Game Preview


Date: Saturday, September 10th
Game Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Network: CBS Sports Network

If you watched the end of the Northern Illinois overtime loss to Wyoming, you’re 1) insane, because a weather delay meant around a 4 a.m. ET finish, and 2) lucky, because it was a wild blast of a game. However, the Huskies lost to a program that lost last year to Eastern Michigan.

Wyoming is better, and the NIU offense rolled with the passing game, but the run defense couldn’t handle the Cowboy backfield in key moments and the ground attack was stunningly un-Huskielike. Going to Tampa isn’t going to make things any easier for a team supposedly good enough to challenge for the MAC title.

South Florida was perfectly balanced offensively in an easy 56-20 win over Towson, with no problems getting the ground game going and with few problems turning the game into a blowout. However, QB Quinton Flowers was a wee bit of a concern, hitting just 8-of-18 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, while running for another score.

NIU has too much talent in the backfield to be so mediocre again, and the secondary is good enough to make it another tough passing day – at least in terms of accuracy – for Flowers. However, this will be a game for the USF front seven that’ll keep NIU from ever getting into a groove. It won’t be anything aesthetically pleasing, but the Bulls will take the win before going off to Syracuse.

Northern Illinois vs. South Florida Prediction

Final Score: South Florida 26, Northern Illinois 20

Line: South Florida -15, o/u: 57.5

ATS Confidence: 5: Run to the Window – 1: Watch For Fun … 3.5

Must See Rating: 5: Sully – 1: Skip & Shannon Undisputed … 3