Northern Illinois vs. Tulsa: College Football Betting Picks, Predictions and Tips – September 23, 2023

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 17, 2023

The Northern Illinois Huskies (1-2) face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-2) on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium. The Huskies are listed as favorites in this one, with the spread sitting at 4 points. The over/under for the contest is 54.5 points.

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Northern Illinois vs. Tulsa Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Northern Illinois -4 -108 -112 54.5 -110 -110

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Computer Pick

Computer picks for Northern Illinois vs Tulsa
ATS Total Score prediction
Tulsa (+4) Over (54.5) Northern Illinois 30 Tulsa 29

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Team Stat Comparison

Northern Illinois Tulsa
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 16.3 (124) 23.0 (98)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 24.3 (73) 38.7 (118)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 5 (77) 9 (127)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 2 (105) 5 (44)

Northern Illinois vs. Tulsa Betting Insights

Northern Illinois Stats and Trends

  • Northern Illinois has won one game against the spread this season.
  • The Huskies have been favored by 4 points or more this season once, and failed to cover the spread.
  • So far this season, two Northern Illinois games have gone over the point total.
  • None of the Huskies three games this season have had a combined score higher than this contest’s total of 54.5.
  • NIU has an average total of 50.5 in their outings this year, 4.0 fewer points than this game’s over/under.

Tulsa Stats and Trends

  • Tulsa has covered once in three games with a spread this year.
  • The Golden Hurricane have covered the spread once when an underdog by 4 points or more this season (in two opportunities).
  • So far this year, one Tulsa game has hit the over.
  • The Cane have combined with their opponent to score more than 54.5 points just once this season.
  • Tulsa’s outings this season have a 59.2-point average over/under, 4.7 more points than this game’s total.

Northern Illinois Players to Watch

  • This year, Rocky Lombardi has collected 535 passing yards (178.3 yards per game) while going 47-for-95 (49.5% completion percentage) and throwing one touchdown and four interceptions.
  • Antario Brown has churned out a team-high 128 rushing yards (42.7 yards per game) and scored one touchdown.
  • Gavin Williams has rushed for 85 yards on 21 carries (28.3 yards per game) this year.
  • Kacper Rutkiewicz has 13 catches, leading his team with 192 yards (64.0 ypg) while scoring one touchdown this season.
  • Christian Carter has also tacked on seven receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown.
  • Davis Patterson has totaled 55 yards on five receptions, averaging 27.5 yards per game.

Tulsa Players to Watch

  • This campaign, Cardell Williams has put up 494 passing yards (164.7 yards per game) while completing 30 of 45 passes (66.7% completion percentage), with five touchdowns and three interceptions.
  • Jordan Ford has rushed for a team-high 187 yards on 43 attempts (62.3 yards per game) and one touchdown.
  • So far this year Anthony Watkins has run for 152 yards on 35 carries (50.7 ypg).
  • Marquis Shoulders has hauled in 11 passes for a team-high 207 yards while scoring three touchdowns. He averages 69.0 yards per game.
  • Devan Williams has tacked on 148 yards on 11 catches and one touchdown. He averages 49.3 receiving yards per game this year.
  • Kamdyn Benjamin has 68 receiving yards on four receptions, averaging 22.7 yards per game.

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