No Illi­nois over BUF­FALO by 10

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

The Bulls set an FBS record for most points scored in a loss in last week’s 71-68 seven over­time marathon against West­ern Michi­gan. Un­for­tu­nately, that has about as much pres­tige as get­ting to sec­ond base with Kate Up­ton be­fore she reached pu­berty. Buf­falo QB Drew An­der­son did set a pair of mem­o­rable school records, toss­ing for 597 yards and seven touch­downs while rush­ing for an­other, but the going won’t be as easy against a NIU team that is tops in the land in tack­les for a loss, and one that is 9-0 SU in this se­ries (av­er­age score 44-15) since the Bulls joined the MAC in 1999. The Huskies also know how to win on the road, log­ging a 33-10 SU and 31-10-2 ATS mark away since 2010. Yes, the money-mak­ing heifers are 5-0 ATS in FBS play this sea­son but the after-ef­fects of los­ing in over­time – let alone seven of them – is never good for home teams as ev­i­denced by a 94-127-6 ATS all­time mark. That leaves us only one way to look to­day in up­state New York. Note: this week’s on page 3 con­firms our no­tion.

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