Red Wolves vs. Huskies: GoDaddy.com Bowl Free Pick Prediction
Today we preview and predict NCAA Bowl Game #34 as the Arkansas State Red Wolves face the Northern Illinois Huskies in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. This contest is one last primer before the Tigers and Crimson Tide get it on in the NCAA 2011 National Championship Game tomorrow night in New Orleans.
Kickoff for the Huskies vs. Red Wolves is slated for Sunday, January 8, 2012, from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL at 9:00 PM ET. This is beauty as we get two ten-win teams that can both score in bunches!
Huskies vs. Red Wolves: GoDaddy.com Bowl Preview
Northern Illinois (10-3 OA 7-1 MAC) probably didn’t imagine hitting double digits wins after they opened the season with a 2-3 record. A Week 3 battle against #7 Wisconsin didn’t help the Huskies early season struggles as they were pummeled 49-7 by the Badgers.
That defeat came on the heels of a 45-42 loss to Kansas. The Huskies must have thought the wheels had come off after a 48-41 loss to unranked Central Michigan in Week 5. Northern Illinois did managed to regroup as they closed out the season with eight straight wins.
Arkansas State (10-2 OA 8-0 Sun Belt) started the season at 1-2 but then rolled through the rest of their 2011 NCAA schedule with nine straight wins. The Red Wolves lone AP Top 25 match-up came in Week 3 against #13 Virginia Tech as the Hokies scored a 26-7 win. Eight of Arkansas State’s ten wins were by 30 points or more.
Even more impressive than their scoring outbursts was the Red Wolves scoring defense. In their ten wins, Arkansas State allowed an average of just 17 points a game. The Huskies owned the Nation’s 17th ranked pass offense to go along with the 15th best scoring defense in the NCAA.
GoDaddy.com Bowl Betting Lines: Huskies vs. Red Wolves Free Pick
We surf over to the sportsbook at the Justbet.com online wagering website for the betting lines on tonight’s Huskies vs. Red Wolves Free Pick in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. This contest is strength vs. strength as the Huskies averaged 38.3 PPG while the Red Wolves allowed just 19.3 PPG.
Northern Illinois and their #9 ranked rushing offense will face a tough test against the Arkansas State #15 ranked run defense. We see the Red Wolves attacking the Huskies with a nice mix of run and pass to control this game. This will be a entertaining match-up and we like A-State here!
Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois Free Pick: Back the Red Wolves at -1 (-110)
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