Free College Football Picks Today: Northern Illinois Huskies vs Akron Zips 11/26/22

Free College Football Picks Today: Northern Illinois Huskies vs Akron Zips 11/26/22
Sat 26th November 2022

The Northern Illinois University Huskies (3-8, 2-5 MAC) welcome the University of Akron Zips (1-9, 0-6 MAC) at Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium on Saturday for their regular season finale. The Huskies are 10-point favorites, and the total is 53.

Akron is coming off a 34-28 loss at the hands of Eastern Michigan at Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium on November 8, their ninth consecutive defeat. Jeff Undercuffler Jr. threw for 133 yards and two interceptions. Cam Wiley ran 18 times for 144 yards and three touchdowns.

He added four receptions for 34 yards. Alex Adams caught six passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. Northern Illinois lost 29-23 to Miami (OH) at Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium last Wednesday.

Nevan Cremascoli was 14 of 22 for 165 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Jaiden Credle carried 15 times for 97 yards. Kacper Rutkiewicz scored once. He had four receptions for 80 yards.


The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since October 2019, a 49-0 win for the Huskies.


The Zips are averaging 19.5 points per game for the season, 115th in FBS, and they are facing a Huskies defense that has surrendered 31.7 PPG (112th). Meanwhile, Northern Illinois has scored 28.6 points a game this season, 66th in the country, and Akron is allowing 36.7 PPG (126th).

The Zips rank as one of the nation’s worst teams in rushing yards per game (82.3, 129th), while they are 21st in passing yards (283.0). The Huskies are 98th in passing yards allowed per game (247.5) and 51st against the run (137.6).

Northern Illinois has been one of the nation’s least productive passing teams, averaging 183.6 passing yards per game (114th), while ranking 24th in rushing yards (199.6). The Zips are allowing 248.9 passing yards (100th) and 183.3 rushing yards per game (106th).


Through 10 games, DJ Irons has thrown for 10 touchdowns (7 INT) and 260.5 yards per game to lead Akron in passing. In five away games this season, he has two TDs (4 INT) and an average of 286.8 yards passing. Cam Wiley leads the team in rushing with an average of 39.8 yards a game over nine games.

He has five touchdowns on the ground. Shocky Jacques-Louis is the Zips’ leading receiver with 80.0 yards a game and two TDs. Ethan Hampton has seven passing touchdowns (6 INT) with 199.5 yards per game through four games to lead Northern Illinois.

In two home games this season, he has thrown for four TDs (5 INT) and an average of 204.0 yards. Harrison Waylee has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 87.2 yards a game through 10 games.

He has five touchdowns. Cole Tucker has been a key target in the Huskies’ aerial attack. He has four touchdowns and a 59.7 yard per game average through 10 appearances.


Akron has yet to win away from home this season in five games.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

Northern Illinois -9.5 (-110)

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