NCAA FOOTBALL: Northern Illinois vs Georgia Tech Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/04/2021

by Big Al Staff

NCAA FOOTBALL:  Northern Illinois vs Georgia Tech Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/04/2021

Game Time:  7:30 EDT, Saturday, September 4th, 2021
Venue:  Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Where to Watch:  ACC Network

Opening NCAAF Odds at USA Sportsbooks

FanDuel: Georgia Tech -18.5;  O/U 57.5
BetMGM:  Georgia Tech -18;  O/U 57.5
DraftKings:  Georgia Tech --18;  O/U 57

Season Record

Northern Illinois 0-0 (MAC)
Georgia Tech 0-0  (ACC)
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Northern Illinois vs Georgia Tech Preview and Analysis

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The Northern Illinois Huskies were 0-6 in 2020.  They got spanked by everyone they played in a shortened conference only season.  Last season was the worst. A lot of college football bets paid off by betting against Northern Illinois.  Easy wager. 

Offensive Analysis

Northern Illinois averaged 367.5 yards per game.  A mix of bad passing and bad rushing. QB Ross Bowers threw for 1,365 yards and 10 TDs with 2 interceptions. His completion percentage was 58%.  The good news for the upcoming season is they will have a new quarterback.  Unless there is some magical way Ross can have a seventh college season (4 at Cal, 2 at Northern Illinois)  “a lot of people go to college for 7 years”... “yeah they’re called Doctors”.   
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scored 24.3 points a game last season.  They scored  34 total touchdowns. It helped that quarterback Jeff Sims tossed for 1800 yards and 13 TDs through the air and led the team in rushing for 500 yards and 6 TDs.  Hopefully they can take this exciting young quarterback and surround him with talent… maybe win a few more than 3 games?
Defensive Analysis
Northern Illinois defense gave up 418.8 yards per game.  They gave up 50 more yards then they got every time they played. It wasn’t the best college football to watch.  The only positive defensive stat I could find was they were ½ a turnover better than their opponents.  The NIU Huskies can make you real money betting against them… you just have to find the best odds and payouts.  
Georgia tech had big losses last season.  Giving up 73 points to the Clemson Tigers, 34 to Pitt, 49 to UCF, 31 to Notre Dame… the list goes on.  They were all losses.  Last season’s opener was a squeaker win over FSU 16-13 and the defense looked strong… Then a sudden downward spiral that saw them get scored on like a freshman safety trying to cover an Alabama receiver.   They won’t be better this year.

Huskies vs Yellow jackets Prediction

This Georgia Tech game is more than a first home game.  It’s a warm up win against a cream puff underdog, for a Yellow jackets team that went 3-7 last season.  Normally I don’t bet on football if the school has more NBA alums than NFL… but this is easy money.
The Prediction for Saturday September 4th is Georgia Tech 47 - Northern Illinois 13
I’ll take GT with the spread at 18 and the Over if it stays at 57.  

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NCAAF Betting Trends

NIU is 2-4 ATS over their last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of NIU’s last 13 games
Georgia Tech is 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games

Key Injuries

NIU- none reported
GT-  none reported

Players to Watch

NIU:  Jordan Gandy.  This CB had 25 solo tackles and assisted on 16 more. And when you play behind a defensive line that lets everyone through… those solos are a big deal.
GT:  Jordan Domineck.  He only started 4 games last season at Defensive End and got 4 sacks which led Georgia Tech in sacks.  He also led the team in tackles for loss.  His numbers should go through the roof as the full time starter.

Notable Quotes

“We have to handle the environment early,We have to play clean football. We can’t be wilding out because of the White-Out or whatever they have going on there. This will be the first game in front of fans for a lot of guys, and I think we have to embrace that.”  -NIU head coach Tommy Hammock lowering expectations subtly.
“There’s going to be some really good young players that are eventually going to continue to develop and move up, but it’s nice to have some good, quality experience so they don’t have to be thrown in the fire as fast as we might have had to in recent years,” -GT coach Geoff Collins, subtly apologizing for the horrible results of recent years.

Statistical Leaders

Passing-  QB R. Bowers, 1,365 yards
Rushing-  RB H Waylee, 456 yards
Receiving- WR  T Ritchie 597 yards
Passing-  QB J. Sims 1,881 yards
Rushing- QB  J. Sims 492 yards
Receiving- WR J. Camp 439 yards
NIU:  Thomas Hammock.  
GT:  Geoff Collins

Weather Forecast

Mostly Sunny, 86*, 10% precipitation.

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