Northern Illinois @ Buffalo
Current Records: Northern Illinois 7-3; Buffalo 4-6
What to Know
The Northern Illinois Huskies and the Buffalo Bulls are set to square off in a Mid-American matchup at 7 p.m. ET Nov. 17 at UB Stadium. The Huskies will be strutting in after a victory while Buffalo will be stumbling in from a defeat.
It was all tied up 17-17 at the half for NIU and the Ball State Cardinals last week, but NIU stepped up in the second half for a 30-29 win. It was another big night for NIU’s RB Jay Ducker, who rushed for one TD and 155 yards on 24 carries.
Special teams collected 12 points for NIU. K John Richardson delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.
Meanwhile, the Bulls have to be hurting after a devastating 45-18 loss at the hands of the Miami (OH) RedHawks last Tuesday. Buffalo was down 38-10 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Their defeat shouldn’t obscure the performances of WR Quian Williams, who caught nine passes for one TD and 104 yards, and RB Dylan McDuffie, who punched in one rushing touchdown.
This next matchup is expected to be close, with the Huskies going off at just a 1.5-point favorite. If their 6-3 record against the spread is anything to go by, the prospects look good for bets placed on them.
NIU is now 7-3 while Buffalo sits at 4-6. A pair of defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: NIU is 242nd worst in the nation in rushing touchdowns allowed, with 27 on the season. Buffaloes have had an even harder time: they are stumbling into the game with the 226th most rushing touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up 22 on the season. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET
- Where: UB Stadium — Buffalo, New York
- TV: ESPN2
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $18.70
The Huskies are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Bulls, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Huskies as a 2.5-point favorite.
Northern Illinois have won four out of their last five games against Buffalo.
- Nov 04, 2020 – Buffalo 49 vs. Northern Illinois 30
- Nov 30, 2018 – Northern Illinois 30 vs. Buffalo 29
- Oct 14, 2017 – Northern Illinois 14 vs. Buffalo 13
- Oct 22, 2016 – Northern Illinois 44 vs. Buffalo 7
- Nov 11, 2015 – Northern Illinois 41 vs. Buffalo 30