Northern Illinois at Kentucky 9/24/22 - College Footbal Picks & Predictions

The Northern Illinois Huskies visit Kroger field in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday to play the No.9 ranked Kentucky Wildcats. Northern Illinois dropped to 1-2 following its 38-28 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Northern Illinois gained 354 yards of total offense but the Huskies defense gave up 428 yards of total offense to Vanderbilt. Northern Illinois led 28-14 in the third quarter but Vanderbilt scored 24 unanswered points.

Quarterback Rocky Lombardo has passed for 530 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. The leading rusher is Antario Brown with 203 yards and three touchdowns, while the leading receiver is Cole Tucker with 278 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, linebacker Davereb Rayner is the leading tackler with 32. Northern Illinois has five quarterback sacks and three interceptions. 

Kentucky improved to 3-0 following its 31-0 victory over Youngstown State on Friday. Kentucky gained 480 yards total offense but the Wildcats were careless with the ball turning it over three times. Kentucky's defense held Youngstown State to just 192 yards of total offense. Kentucky quarterback Will Levis passed for 377 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while running back Kavosiey Smoke rushed for 66 yards and one touchdown.

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis has passed for 882 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. The leading rusher for Kentucky is Kavosiey Smoke with 178 yards and one touchdown, while the leading receiver is Dane Key 226 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, linebacker J.J. Weaver is the leading tackler with  21. Kentucky has 5.5 quarterback sacks and three interceptions.

Kentucky is undefeated through the first three games of the regular season and the Wildcats defense is one of the reasons. Kentucky is allowing an average of only 9.7 points per game and therefore the play here is UNDER. The UNDER has cashed in four of Kentucky's last five. The Wildcats are allowing an average of only 253.7 yards per game and will shut down the Northern Illinois offense on Saturday. Final Score Prediction, Kentucky Wildcats but our best play is UNDER 40-10.

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