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Tulsa vs. Northern Illinois 12:00 pm ET
Northern Illinois (1-2) is a -4 point favorite with a 54.5 point total at Caesars Sportsbook Illinois when they host Tulsa (1-2) on Saturday afternoon.
Northern Illinois has lost five consecutive home games dating back to last season. Huskies quarterback Rocky Lombardi has been brutal, throwing four interceptions with a 49% completion rate, including three picks in his last home game. Tulsa has started three different QBs this season, and starting QB Braylon Braxton has missed the past two starts and is questionable for Saturday’s tilt.
FAU vs. Illinois 3:30 pm ET
Illinois is a -15.5 favorite with a 45.5-point total at Caesars Sportsbook when they welcome FAU to Memorial Stadium.
FAU senior QB Casey Thompson suffered a knee injury in last week’s 48-14 loss to Clemson and is out for the season. That’s a tough loss for FAU, and while the offense will struggle, the Owls defense is very good at forcing fumbles and picking off passes.
Illinois QB Luke Altmyer threw four interceptions in their home loss last week to Penn State, but he and his offense should bounce back, and the defense should get enough stops for the Illini to win this matchup.
Minnesota (2-1) vs. Northwestern (1-2) 7:30 pm ET
Minnesota is an -11.5 point favorite with a 39.5 total at Caesars Sportsbook when they visit Northwestern at Ryan Field.
We have two offenses that can’t seem to find the end zone against two defenses that are very good at keeping their opponents out of the end zone.
Both teams are coming off-road losses to ACC opponents. Minnesota has allowed 47 points, while Northwestern has surrendered 69 points. Look for the defenses to take care of business Saturday night in what should be a low-scoring contest.
Saturday’s Best Bet
None of the side or total bets interest me, but I think we should parlay all three favorites together at Caesars Sportsbook. The odds on each single moneyline aren’t as good as the +116 we’ll get by parlaying the three favorites together.
The Northern Illinois offense may not be firing on all cylinders, but the NIU defense is strong and will slow down the Tulsa offense without Braxton on the field.
Illinois has a sweet matchup with FAU. The FAU starting QB is out, and they’ll have difficulty moving the ball against the much larger and more physical Fighting Illini defense.
The Northwestern offense is a mess, but the same can be said for Minnesota. Both defenses are stout, but I expect Minnesota to outscore Northwestern and win this game.
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