Northern Illinois vs. Toledo in NCAA Football Week 13

Jeff Grant

Monday, November 18, 2013 3:36 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 3:36 PM UTC

The Toledo Rockets have enjoyed success at home against ranked opponents in the past, as they prepare to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies Wednesday night. Find out where we believe the best value lies.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football betting lines for this Mid-American Conference matchup at The Glass Bowl, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Rolling along

Northern Illinois extended its winning streak over MAC opponents to 23 games last time out, as it picked up a 48-27 victory over the Ball State Cardinals as 8.5-point home favorites last Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.

The Huskies are 10-0 for the first time as an FBS program, while they’ve won seven straight games when beating featured on this particular television channel.

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Playing its best football

There’s no question that Toledo is playing its best football of its 2013 campaign, as it has put together a five-game winning streak, including a 51-41 victory over the Buffalo Bulls as 5.5-point home favorites last Tuesday.

The Rockets are hopeful that senior running back David Fluellen can return to the football field, as he’s missed the last two games with an Achilles injury.  He is averaging 133.4 rushing yards per game.

Quite an offensive attack

There’s no question that the Huskies are going to receive a bulk of the action when looking over the college football odds page, considering they’ve scored in 39 of 40 quarters this season.

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch is one of the top dual-threat players in the country, as he ranks second on the school’s all-time list with 9,229 total yards over the course of his career.

Senior Day

This is the last opportunity for true four-year seniors of the Rockets to pick up a win over the Huskies, as they prepare to play their final games in one of the best venues in the country.

Toledo has compiled a 7-13 SU all-time record against ranked opponents, but has won five of six opportunities when playing in front of its home crowd in that situation.


I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rockets, for thier college football picks, due to the underdog being 8-3 ATS in the last 11 overall meetings in this series, but I suggest waiting to see if this number returns to +3 before getting involved.

College Football Pick:  Toledo Rockets +2.5

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