Toledo vs Northern Illinois Prediction, Game Preview

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Toledo vs Northern Illinois Prediction, Game Preview

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Toledo vs Northern Illinois Prediction, Game Preview

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Toledo vs Northern Illinois prediction and game preview.


Toledo vs Northern Illinois Broadcast

Date: Saturday, December 5
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, IL
Network: ESPN3

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Toledo (2-2) vs Northern Illinois (0-4) Game Preview

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Why Toledo Will Win

The passing game is clicking.

It might be a relatively disappointing 2-2 start after a close loss to Ball State last week, but QB Eli Peters has been strong, hitting 75% of his passes for 407 yards and three scores. Now he and the Rockets get to go against a Northern Illinois defense that got hit for over 200 yards in each of the last two weeks.

The Huskies can’t convert on third downs enough to keep the Toledo offense off the field. It starts with a running game that’s not there.

The program that dominated and owned the MAC with its running game for so, so long can’t get the ground game going, averaging just 114 yards per game.

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Why Northern Illinois Will Win

No, NIU can’t convert on third downs, and the defense will get hit in a flash, but the team is dominant at slowing things down and controlling the clock.

The Huskies are second in the nation in time of possession, keeping the ball for 35:34 a game.

To have a chance at pulling this off, NIU needs field position. Toledo’s punting game isn’t good, NIU’s is solid, and for all the problems, the O puts the biscuit in the basket with points every time it gets inside the 20.

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What’s Going To Happen

Yeah, Northern Illinois is great at controlling the clock, but Toledo is fantastic at it, too.

Score early, go with their own brand of ball control, and rely on the MAC’s best run defense to shut things down. The Rockets can – and will – do all of that.

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Toledo vs Northern Illinois Prediction, Line

Toledo 38, Northern Illinois 26
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Toledo -10, o/u: 55.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5

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