Northern Illinois, Kent State Battle For MAC Championship

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Kent State Golden Flashes
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11/30/2012 at 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: NIU -5, O/U 58
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Television: ESPN2

Northern Illinois Huskies: A chance to extend their winning streak to 12 and potentially find their way into a BCS bowl game awaits the Huskies (11-1 straight-up, 9-3 against the spread) if they can close out a perfect MAC campaign Friday at Ford Field. Northern Illinois romped past Eastern Michigan a week ago with a 49-7 victory as 3-TD road favorites. Running back Akeem Daniels scored touchdowns on four of his 12 carries to lead the Huskies while quarterback Jordan Lynch rushed for over 100 yards for an NCAA-record 10th straight game to go along with an efficient day passing (16-of-25, 168 yards, 1 TD). The NIU attack ranks 16th in the country in total offense (482.6 yards per game), ninth in rushing (245 ypg) and tied for 11th in scoring (40.5 points per game). Northern Illinois has won and covered the last five matchups against Kent State, including last year's 40-10 rout in which the Huskies held the Flashes to just 70 yards of total offense.

Kent State Golden Flashes: Coach Darrell Hazell's troops (11-1 SU, 10-2 ATS) scored a 28-6 triumph last week vs. Ohio, which  was Kent State's 10th straight of the season and completed a perfect 8-0 run through the MAC schedule. The Flashes also feature a strong ground game with Dri Archer and Traylon Durham, who both went over the 1,000-yard rushing plateau this year. Bettors will want to monitor the status of Archer, who twisted an ankle in last week's game and is currently listed as probable for Friday's battle (click to check updated college football injury report). Four of Kent's last six games have gone "over" the total, but four of the last five in this series failed to reach the scoreboard hurdle.

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