Head to head: Navy vs. Northern Illinois

Next up for Navy is Northern Illinois. Today GoMids.com compares different critical team areas of Navy and Northern Illinois and indicates which team has the edge.

Navy
AREA
Northern Illinois
COMMENTS
X  
Navy rushing offense
vs.
Northern Illinois rushing defense
 
Navy is No. 1 nationally in rushing offense, averaging over 350 yards per game. Northern Illinois is 108th nationally in rushing defense, allowing over 210 yards per game on average.  
 
Navy passing offense
vs.
Northern Illinois passing defense
X  
Navy rarely passes and Northern Illinois is 66th in the nation in pass defense. However, the Huskies lack of a rushing defense could have a lot to do with that decent pass defense rating.  
E  
Northern Illinois rushing offense
vs.
Navy rushing defense
E  
Northern Illinois averages 148 yards rushing per game while Navy allows 182. Running back Justin Anderson averages 110 yards per game for Northern Illinois.  
 
Northern Illinois passing offense
vs.
Navy passing defense
X  
Navy's passing defense is rated 111 nationally. Northern Illinois passing offense averages over 190 yards a game and is rated No. 88 in the nation. Last week Northern Illinois quarterback Dan Nicholson completed 21 of 28 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Huskies to a victory over Kent State.  
X  
Special Teams
 
Chris Nendick has made 11 of 16 field goal attempts for Northern Illinois. Navy's Joey Bullen has connected on 9 of 14 attempts. Navy has superior kick off and punt return teams.  
E  
Coaching
E  
Even. Paul Johnson has led the Midshipmen to 5 bowls since coming to Navy. Northern Illinois coach Jim Novak is in his twelfth season as head coach and led Huskies to seven consecutive winning seasons from 2000-06.  

Prediction:

Navy 38
Northern Illinois 31


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