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Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois 11/11/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Central Michigan visits Northern Illinois on 11/11/2020 at 8:00PM.

Central Michigan and Northern Illinois face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Central Michigan has a record of 1-0 this season. Northern Illinois is 0-1 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Central Michigan Team Defense Preview

Central Michigan has had 12 total defensive drives this season and they yield 4.67 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Central Michigan is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Opponents face third and long situations a lot against this defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. Central Michigan opponents pass the football 46.43% of the time.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Central Michigan is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 1.92 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Central Michigan is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Central Michigan Team Offense Preview

Central Michigan has had 13 total drives this season and they generate 6.54 plays per drive. When you are among the best at plays per drive, you are certainly a team that aims to wear down the opposition with a high play count or with long, physical grinding drives that eat up a lot of clock. We need to find out more here when it comes to Central Michigan. Central Michigan is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Passing plays make up 48.24% of their play calls.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Central Michigan can take credit for 3.22 yards per carry. This offensive line may be underappreciated, even though the running backs get the attention. The Central Michigan coaching staff really deserves credit for how they prepared this offensive line, but they could be a little bit better! When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Central Michigan has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. Central Michigan is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. Central Michigan has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

Northern Illinois Team Defense Preview

Northern Illinois has had 12 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 3.83 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Northern Illinois is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Offensives should lick their lips given their inability to stop anyone, this is one of the worst defenses in the country. The Defensive Coordinator coaching search threads on Northern Illinois message boards are flights of fantasy. Northern Illinois opponents pass the football 36.96% of the time.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, this defense is too porous to limit those choices. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.42 yards per carry. Sorry to say this about this front seven, but the best way to make an average offensive line look good is for them to face this horrid front seven. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. Long breakout runs against this Defense are far too common. This is a very porous rushing defense that is incapable of preventing a situation where their safeties chase down a running back or quarterback.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. Northern Illinois is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Northern Illinois Team Offense Preview

Northern Illinois has had 15 total drives this season and they generate 3.27 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Northern Illinois is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Northern Illinois passes the football 46.94% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.9 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the Northern Illinois Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Northern Illinois is a better passing team than running team this season.

The Central Michigan Roster

The Players to Watch for Central Michigan

Daniel Richardson QB 5-10 205

This season, Daniel Richardson has put up 243 yards and 1 touchdowns. He has thrown 0 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 113.9thus far this season. Daniel Richardson has thrown 0 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Daniel Richardson has 6.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 39.75 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 3.0 times this season, which puts him in the 23.38 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Kobe Lewis RB 5-11 208

This season, Kobe Lewis has 112 rushing yards on 28 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Kobe Lewis picked up 34 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 5 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Kalil Pimpleton WR 5-9 175

This season, Kalil Pimpleton picked up 65 yards. He caught the ball 5 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Amir Siddiq DL 6-2 245

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Central Michigan, Amir Siddiq has 2 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 71.52 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 85.91 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Devonni Reed DB 6-0 195

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Central Michigan, Devonni Reed had 8 tackles which puts him in the 49.76 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 34.71 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Devonni Reed as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.12 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Northern Illinois Roster

The Players to Watch for Northern Illinois

Ross Bowers QB 6-2 200

This season, Ross Bowers has put up 202 yards and 1 touchdowns. He has thrown 1 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 126.0thus far this season. Ross Bowers has thrown 1 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Ross Bowers has -16.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 8.45 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 4.0 times this season, which puts him in the 28.24 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Harrison Waylee RB 5-10 180

This season, Harrison Waylee has 66 rushing yards on 13 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 0 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Harrison Waylee picked up 0 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 0 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Tyrice Richie WR 6-0 193

This season, Tyrice Richie picked up 106 yards. He caught the ball 9 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Weston Kramer DT 6-1 290

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Northern Illinois, Weston Kramer has 3 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 0 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 27.34 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 35.42 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Pierce Oppong DL 6-3 265

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Northern Illinois, Pierce Oppong has 1 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 0 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 23.92 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 32.98 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Devin Lafayette S 6-2 191

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Northern Illinois, Devin Lafayette had 5 tackles which puts him in the 37.1 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 34.71 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Devin Lafayette as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.12 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Jordan Gandy CB 5-10 175

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Northern Illinois, Jordan Gandy had 4 tackles which puts him in the 36.46 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 37.33 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Jordan Gandy as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 38.89 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Central Michigan 29 Northern Illinois 20

Spread Pick: Central Michigan -7.5 -110 bet365
Moneyline Pick: Central Michigan -279 SportsInteraction
Total Pick: Under 58.5 -105 Pinnacle Sports