Northern Illinois Huskies vs Utah Utes Live Stream
Last Saturday the Northern Illinois Huskies won their first game under Thomas Hammock, a 24-10 win against Illinois State. This week, be that as it may, might demonstrate to be their hardest trial of the period as they travel to Salt Lake City to take on a main 15 group – the thirteenth positioned Utah Utes.
- Whenever: Saturday, September 7 at 12:00 p.m. (CST)
- Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, Utah (45,807 limit)
- Watch: PAC-12 Network
Chances: Utah is supported by 22.5 focuses and has a 95.5% opportunity to win as per ESPN’s FPI
This is only the second gathering between the two schools, with the primary coming last season at Huskie Stadium. Utah is 1-0 against NIU in the wake of winning a tight game last season. The Huskies couldn’t do anything on offense however kept it close all game before a late pick-six knock the score to 17-6 and enabled Utah to escape DeKalb with a triumph.
For Utah, this is only their second since forever game against a MAC adversary while it will be NIU’s third game against a PAC-12 group. NIU is 0-2 against the gathering, losing to Utah a year prior and to Oregon State in 1996.
- Record: 1-0 (2018: 9-5)
- A week ago: 30-12 win over BYU
- Mentor: Kyle Whittingham (fifteenth season, all at Utah), 121-61 generally record
- Offense/Defense Scheme: Spread/4-2
The Utes entered 2019 positioned as the #14th group in the nation and opened the season against their opponents, the BYU Cougars, a week ago. Utah took a 9-6 lead into halftime before detonating for 21 unanswered focuses in the subsequent half and pushing out to a 30-6 lead. BYU would include a touchdown later yet it was excessively little to late.
Obnoxiously, Utah is a more run-overwhelming spread offense. They ran the ball a ton sections the Cougars, endeavoring 48 hurries to only 16 passes. What’s more, last season they ran the ball just shy of 60% of the time – hurrying multiple times while endeavoring only 408 passes.
Senior running back Zack Moss will get the brunt of the conveys. A week ago he pushed his approach to 187 yards on 29 conveys and scored once. In 2018, Moss arrived at the midpoint of 6.1 yards per convey and got 1096 yards and 11 TDs.
At the point when it’s not Moss conveying the ball, quarterback Tyler Huntley is a danger to run or pass.
Huntley, a senior who has begun the past two years for Utah, surged multiple times a week ago for 39 yards and tossed for 106 yards, finishing 13 of his 16 pass endeavors. In 2018 he showed up in nine games and amassed 1788 passing yards, 304 hurrying yards and had 16 all out touchdowns (12 passing, 4 surging) and only six capture attempts.
Huntley will spread the ball around, as seven distinct Utes had a gathering a week ago and, with Utah restoring their five driving collectors from a season back, he’ll have a lot of alternatives to go to.
A week ago Demari Simpkins and Brant Kuithe were his fundamental targts, pulling in seven of the 13 consummations. However, search for Britain Covey and Jaylen Dixon to likewise make a few plays at wide out. Dixon and Simpkins are additionally dangers to run the ball on stream clears, each having a convey a week ago.
The Utes are a strong hostile team…but the quality of this group is their barrier. Also, that is after they lost their four driving tacklers from a year ago.
Utah constrained three turnovers in the game and really scored the same number of protective touchdowns as they did hostile ones against BYU. The Utes had two interferences returned for touchdowns – a 58-yard one by linebacker Francis Bernard in the subsequent quarter and a 39-yard pick six right off the bat in the fourth.
They create a great deal of weight at the purpose of assault and had six TFL and a sack against the Cougars.
In advance, senior guarded handle Leki Fotu controls through the center while sophomore cautious end Mika Tafua assaults all things considered. A week ago they each had four handles and consolidated for half of Utah’s TFL. Tafua included a sack and a bungle recuperation too.
Senior protective back Julian Blackmon drives the Utah optional, which is loaded with ball falcons. Blackmon, who was 6th in the group in handles last season, had a group high five handles (four performance) a week ago. He additionally included a leave break behind and that 39-yard capture returned for a touchdown.
The center of the field will be watched by linebackers Bernard and Devin Lloyd. Bernard had four handles, 1.5 TFL, and a pick six a week ago while Lloyd tied Blackmon with five handles (3 performance).
On uncommon groups, kicker Andrew Strauch has had a few issues as of now. He missed a 25-yard field objective endeavor and a PAT a week ago yet hit a 41-yad field objective and his subsequent PAT endeavor. In the final quarter he was supplanted by green bean Jadon Redding, who hit Utah’s last two PAT attempts.
- Record: 1-0 (2018: 8-6)
- A week ago: 24-10 win over Illinois State
- Mentor: Thomas Hammock (first season), 1-0 generally record
- Offense/Defense Scheme: Multiple/4-3
A week ago we discovered that previous PAC-12 player and Cal Golden Bear move, Ross Bowers, had won the beginning quarterback work for the Huskies.
What’s more, Coach Hammock didn’t avoid utilizing him, as Bowers had 33 passing endeavors in his presentation. He finished 20 of his passes (60.6%) in transit to 299 yards, two scores, and a capture.
Halfback Tre Harbison got most of the conveys, netting 99 yards on 23 endeavors. Back up runningbacks, Jordan Nettles and Marcus Jones each had two conveys for two yards.
Groves, as Huntley, spread the ball around pleasantly – discovering eight distinct collectors a week ago. His fundamental targets were tight closes Mitchell Brinkman and Daniel Crawford, alongside newcomer Tyrice Richie.
Brinkman and Crawford consolidated for seven gets and 126 yards yet it was Richie who did the greater part of the harm. He had three gets, 102 yards, and both of NIU’s hostile touchdowns.
The O-line appeared to battle more than expected, permitting two sacks and seven TFL to the Redbirds. It likewise didn’t open up the same number of gaps for the run game as would be normal, as NIU just arrived at the midpoint of 2.6 yards per convey and just 90 complete hurrying yards.
Against Illinois State, the Huskies had a truly vanilla looking offense however I wouldn’t be astonished if that changed some this week. The Huskies have almost no game film of their offense conspire and could/should utilize that furthering their potential benefit in the up and coming weeks.
That is an extraordinary bit of leeway to have, particularly during this three-game streak against P5 groups, as guards have no inclinations to go on or any thought how the Huskie offense will look week-to-week.
On safeguard the Huskies appeared to be identical from a year ago, with one noteworthy distinction.
The huge contrast from a year ago is that NIU simply couldn’t get much weight on the quarterback…something they flourished with the previous couple of seasons. NIU oversaw only one sack and one QB Hurry against ISU, the two of which arrived behind schedule in the game.
That being stated, despite everything they overwhelmed the line of scrimmage against the run, holding ISU to only 51 yards hurrying on 28 conveys. Despite the fact that this was a FCS squad, the Redbirds are no simple test. They were positioned #10 in the FCS surveys, have a colossal B1G-gauge hostile line, and extraordinary compared to other running backs, Jame Robinson, in the lower division. The Huskies covered Robinson throughout the night, permitting him only 16 yards on 13 conveys.
Quintin Wynne and Jack Heflin should get more weight if the Huskies need to hinder this Utes offense and get to Huntley as they did last season (NIU had seven sacks and 14 TFL against Utah a year ago).
Linebackers Kyle Pugh and Antonio Jones-Davis will be key in the field. Not exclusively will they need to come up to stop the run again yet they’ll additionally should be aware of fly scopes, movement, and Huntley taking off on a passing play.
In the event that Utah takes a stand in opposition to NIU as they did against BYU, the auxiliary should make stops up close to the line of scrimmage while staying away from huge passing plays when Huntley selects to toss.
Sophomore cornerback Jalen McKie has been the best at driving takeaways the previous 13 games, driving NIU with three block attempts, two of which he returned for touchdowns (counting one final week). In any case, securities Mykelti Williams and Marshe Terry (an exchange from UConn) will likewise be a critical in the auxiliary, as the last line of Huskie barrier.
There’s consistently that careful positive thinking at whatever point NIU takes on a P5 squad. Upsets have occurred previously and will happen once more.
The Utes surely have a strong hostile assault and an incredible guard (that can score similarly the same number of focuses as their offense) however this game will presumably be nearer than the 22.5 point spread demonstrates.
I absolutely need to see a NIU upset, and keeping it close is unquestionably conceivable…
Who knows, we could see a totally different hostile course of action this week. In any case, in the wake of seeing the hostile line battle against Illinois State and the barrier not having the option to get much weight on the Redbirds’ quarterback, I think the Huskies keep it close for some time before tumbling to the Utes.
NIU – 17
Utah – 34