Nicholls State (@17.0) vs Illinois (@1.02)
06-11-2019

Our Prediction:

Illinois will win

Nicholls State – Illinois Match Prediction | 06-11-2019 20:00

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EWU needs this one badly too, but the home-field advantage is the tiebreaker for me. Getting sick of the "statement game" label? Is Sacramento State worthy of a look? The two FBS losses weren't exactly ugly, as Sac State had Fresno State worried and the Hornets were only trailing by five points late to Arizona State earlier this year. The Hornets are a month in and have only played one FCS opponent so far (50-point win over Northern Colorado). Well, this is another one -- really for both sides.

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Can the Illinois State defense slow down QB Trey Lance? Can Robinson get rolling against the Bison like he has against other competition (8 TDs on the ground already)? But now the realtest comes to town. These are the big questions. This one should be a knock-down, smash-mouth variety grudge match, and I for one can't wait to see what happens. Now we get to see what Illinois State is made of. The Redbirds have been solid so far, with RB James Robinson doing his thing and the offense, in general, is whipping the ball around while the defense has been stout.

And Nicholls really hasn't shown us that it's a team that can win a couple of games in the playoffs. Both of these teams are looking for a signature win. After beating an FBS team, UCA has looked decent in the following games. I think UCA is going to be a bit fresher coming into this came.

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13 (YSU) in total defense, so you can read between the lines in how this game will probably go down. They seem primed for a bounceback, and we all know that home-field advantage is something special in these MVFC grudge matches. These two teams are ranked No. 12 (UNI) and No. Northern Iowa's been a little bit shaky since the first two weeks, which included an overtime effort against P5 Iowa State.

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The Hornets are impressive this year and are receiving votes in the poll. If the run game can repeat that performance along with a better environment to throw the ball, EWU can start to build its resume back up with a solid win here. Now, I can be proven wrong on this, but I believe UND has a stronger defense than Sac State. But if EWU can put together a full four quarters, I expect the Eagles to win. The EWU offensive line lived up to its preseasonhype in a win against UND last week with the Eagles rushingfor 284 yards inbad weather.

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Both teams have showed spunk, and this should be a good one. Sacred Heart disposed of two Patriot League teams after falling at Maine in its opener, and many people know the story of how CCSU fell to FBS Eastern Michigan in the waning moments. This is an interesting battle, and depending on what Duquesne ends up doing this year, this could be a matchup we look back at in November and say it helped determine the NEC champion and the automatic playoff berth reward that comes with it. It was gut-wrenching to watch the Blue Devils drop a game like that.

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