Kentucky vs Northern Illinois prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 4, Saturday September 24
Kentucky vs Northern Illinois How to Watch
Date: Saturday September 24
Game time: 7:00 ET
Location: Kroger Field, Lexington, KY
How to watch: ESPN2
Record: Kentucky (3-0), Northern Illinois (1-2)
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Kentucky vs Northern Illinois Game Preview
Why Northern Illinois Will Win
The Huskies have known how to move the ball.
They went up against the best passing team in the nation in Tulsa and lost a good fight, and couldn’t hold out last week when Vanderbilt roared into a 38-28 win.
The O, while great at closing out series with points, the passing game has been strong so far, and the offensive line has been getting the job done giving Rocky Lombardi and company time to work.
Kentucky hasn’t been too good in the red zone, there’s no running offense without Chris Rodriguez (he’s expected to return in October) and the offensive line is taking a beating from quarterback Will Levis.
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Why will Kentucky win?
The Northern Illinois high school is about to have a bad day, again.
Eastern Illinois took shooting practice, Tulsa’s Davis Brin went for 322 yards and four touchdowns, and Vanderbilt was balanced enough to keep everything moving against a pass defense that is allowing 284 yards per game.
This is where Will Levis comes in.
The world is in love with him as a pro prospect, he has the size and the arm, but he’s been good. He is hitting the plays downfield, and he had no problems against the University of Miami and Youngstown State, but he has thrown four interceptions and …
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What is going to happen
Levis will throw for 300 yards, Kentucky’s defense will be excellent, and Northern Illinois won’t be able to keep up.
The Huskies can’t get their defense off the field, and Levis will be happy to contribute third-down conversion after third-down conversion.
As always, it won’t always be pretty for the Wildcats, but they’ll have few problems. Also, as always, the final score will not be very indicative of how dominant the interpretation is.
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Kentucky vs Northern Illinois Prediction, Line
Kentucky 38, Northern Illinois 16
Line: Kentucky -25, Start: 53.5
ATS Confidence of 5: 2
Kentucky vs. Northern Illinois Must See Rating (of 5): 2
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