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Northern Illinois vs. Eastern Michigan 12/12/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Northern Illinois visits Eastern Michigan on 12/12/2020 at 12:00PM.

Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan 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. Northern Illinois has a record of 0-5 this season. Eastern Michigan is 1-4 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Northern Illinois Team Defense Preview

Northern Illinois has had 59 total defensive drives this season and they yield 4.97 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. Northern Illinois has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Northern Illinois opponents pass the football 45.73% of the time.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Northern Illinois is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Northern Illinois can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 2.82 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. They are capable of giving up a long run, which is really demoralizing when the opposing team has the ball deep in their own territory.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Northern Illinois is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Northern Illinois Team Offense Preview

Northern Illinois has had 61 total drives this season and they generate 5.07 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 55.66% of the time.Northern Illinois tends to pass more than other teams.

Northern Illinois struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. 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 2.43 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground 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.

Eastern Michigan Team Defense Preview

Eastern Michigan has had 57 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 6.25 plays per drive. The struggle is real. Eastern Michigan cannot find a way to get opposing offenses off the field. Three and outs are not common and if the team needs a three-and-out late in a game to get the ball back, it is just not happening.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 Eastern Michigan message boards are flights of fantasy. Passing plays make up 41.29% of their opponents’ play calls.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

This is a pushover defense. There is not enough push from the Defensive Line and not enough imagination from the Defensive Coordinator to cause chaos in the backfield.Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.5 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. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

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. Eastern Michigan has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Eastern Michigan Team Offense Preview

Eastern Michigan has had 57 total drives this season and they generate 5.37 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Eastern Michigan has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Eastern Michigan passes the football 51.31% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Eastern Michigan struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. 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. Eastern Michigan can take credit for 2.64 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground 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 Eastern Michigan Offense this season. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Eastern Michigan is a better passing team than running team this 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 1144 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has thrown 2 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 123.5thus far this season. Ross Bowers has thrown 2 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Ross Bowers has -59.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 2.47 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 20.0 times this season, which puts him in the 55.4 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 334 rushing yards on 84 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 1 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Harrison Waylee picked up 55 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 7 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Tyrice Richie WR 6-0 193

This season, Tyrice Richie picked up 526 yards. He caught the ball 46 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

James Ester DT 6-2 294

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Northern Illinois, James Ester has 14 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 1 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 53.59 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 32.96 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Raishein Thomas DE 6-4 257.0

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Northern Illinois, Raishein Thomas has 16 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 20.24 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 29.35 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Devin Lafayette S 6-2 191.0

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 33 tackles which puts him in the 82.65 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 71.77 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Devin Lafayette as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 83.84 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jordan Gandy CB 5-10 175

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Northern Illinois, Jordan Gandy had 36 tackles which puts him in the 96.03 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 34.7 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jordan Gandy as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 81.59 percentile among Corners this season.

The Eastern Michigan Roster

The Players to Watch for Eastern Michigan

Preston Hutchinson QB 6-2 203

This season, Preston Hutchinson has put up 1415 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has thrown 6 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 144.9thus far this season. Preston Hutchinson has thrown 6 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Preston Hutchinson has 166.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 84.57 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 71.0 times this season, which puts him in the 89.35 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 7.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Darius Boone Jr. RB 5-11 205

This season, Darius Boone Jr. has 216 rushing yards on 34 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 1 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Darius Boone Jr. picked up 13 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 1 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Hassan Beydoun WR 5-8 173

This season, Hassan Beydoun picked up 372 yards. He caught the ball 32 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jose Ramirez DL 6-2 238.0

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Eastern Michigan, Jose Ramirez has 22 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 64.24 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 80.93 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Korey Hernandez DB 5-11 178.0

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 Eastern Michigan, Korey Hernandez had 40 tackles which puts him in the 89.03 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 31.97 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Korey Hernandez as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 37.97 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

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


Prediction: Northern Illinois 23 Eastern Michigan 35

Spread Pick: Eastern Michigan -5 -118 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Eastern Michigan -210 5Dimes
Total Pick: Over 54 -105 BetOnline