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UB Capsule: Northern Illinois looks like bad matchup for Bulls

UB (1-5) at Northern Illinois (1-6)

3:30 p.m. at Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, Ill.

Radio: 1520 AM. Online: ESPN3.

Last time out: UB lost to Ball State, 31-21. Northern Illinois lost in triple overtime to Central Michigan, 34-28. Ball State is 4-3, Central Michigan is 5-2.

Trending: Northern Illinois is without its top three cornerbacks due to injuries. Shawun Lurry, maybe the best corner in the MAC, is expected to sit out with a concussion. . . . The Huskies also lost star QB Drew Hare (knee) for the season in Week Two. But his replacement, senior Anthony Maddie (No. 1), is producing, even though this will be only his fourth career start. In the last three games, Maddie has averaged 229 passing yards and 96 rushing yards a game. UB must contain the read-option QB runs, something it did not do vs. Kent State two weeks ago. UB better worry about jet sweeps and end arounds, too. Huskies receivers have gained 306 yards on 36 of those kinds of runs.

Stat check: UB is 1-19 on the road all-time vs. the MAC West and 0-8 all-time in the MAC vs. the Huskies. Northern Illinois has won 35 of its last 40 home games. . . . The Huskies' foes are a combined 36-10.

Star gazing: The Huskies have the best receiver in the MAC in Kenny Golladay (19). He ranks 14th in the nation in receiving yards (103.6 a game) and has 49 catches. Senior RB Joel Bouagnon (28) averages 5.1 yards a carry and trampled UB for 158 rushing yards last season. Backup RB Jordan Huff (23) averages 62 yards a game. The Northern Illinois defense is big up the middle, with two 300-pound defensive tackles, and undersized and fast on the edges.

At stake: Northern Illinois’ string of six straight MAC West titles is coming to an end. The Huskies are eager for a feel-good blowout. UB is a 21.5-point underdog. It’s in need of a confidence-building result. Given the way the Huskies run the ball, this looks is a bad matchup for the Bulls.

Prediction: Northern Illinois 48, UB 20.

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