Northern Illinois (8-5) is the favorite against UAB (10-3) at FAU Football Stadium on Tuesday (December 18, 2018, 19:00ET).
The spread was first offered at just -2.5 points for the Huskies. They’ve gone 5-2 straight up as favorites this year, and 3-4-0 ATS. The Blazers are 3-1 straight up as underdogs, and 3-1-0 against the spread.
Northern Illinois quarterback Marcus Childers completed 57.6% of his passes this season for 1,996 yards and 15 touchdowns. Tre Harbison gained 1,018 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 4 touchdowns, averaging a good 5.2 yards per carry.
All together, Northern Illinois gained 325.0 yards per game and scored 20.7 points per game. The defense allowed 347.8 yards and 21.5 points per game, while Sutton Smith led the way with 15 sacks this season.
The Blazers offense features quarterback A.J. Erdely, who threw for 1,539 yards and 7 TD’s this season. Erdely completed 56.1% of his passes, good for a passer rating of 125.9. Spencer Brown ran for 985 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.
Altogether, UAB averaged 400.4 yards per game and 29.3 points. The defense allowed an excellent 300.2 yards and 17.3 points per game. Jamell Garcia-Williams scored 10 sacks this season.
Both teams play top-notch defense, so bettors will be tempted to take the under. The under is a combined 14-12 in games featuring these two teams, which is somewhat lackluster. The over/under of this game is set at 43.0.