NORTH­ERN ILLI­NOIS over Kent St by 24

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Huskies are start­ing to bring back mem­o­ries of Dave Do­eren’s teams that went 23-5 in two sea­sons and faced off with Florida State in a BCS bowl game. This year’s pack of sled dogs proved their worth when they nearly took down na­tion­ally ranked San Diego State in Cal­i­for­nia last week (they also beat Ne­braska in Lin­coln ear­lier and are just 10 points away from be­ing un­de­feated). Will the nar­row loss to the Aztecs pro­vide a spark for bet­ter things to come? Or will a let­down oc­cur with NIU play­ing down to KSU’s level? Re­gard­less, it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to make a case for a Kent State team that is be­ing out­yarded by 248 YPG against FBS foes this sea­son, and whose of­fense cur­rently ranks No. 128 (2nd worst) in red zone of­fense. The Flashes have also suf­fered power out­ages in this se­ries of late, go­ing 1-7-1 ATS. While that’s more than enough to get us off KSU, it’s not in our DNA to lay over three TDs in any game. Thus, we’ll take a seat on the side­lines here. Pass.

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