Vanderbilt Football First Look: Northern Illinois

Vanderbilt First Look-Northern Illinois

Vanderbilt football meets Northern Illinois on Saturday in DeKalb, IL. Here is your first look at Northern Illinois.

By 14Powers SEC Football

Northern Illinois Season So Far

Northern Illinois is 1-1 on the season. They opened with a close win over FCS Eastern Illinois. Most recently they fell at Tulsa in a 38-35 shootout.

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/01 E Illinois W 34-27 Home
09/10 Tulsa L 35-38 Away
09/17 Vanderbilt 3:30 pm Home
09/24 Kentucky 12:00 pm Away
10/01 Ball State 12:00 pm Away
10/08 Toledo 3:30 pm Home
10/15 E Michigan 8:00 pm Away
10/22 Ohio 8:00 pm Away
11/02 Central Mich 7:00 pm Home
11/09 W Michigan 7:00 pm Away
11/16 Miami (OH) 12:00 pm Home
11/26 Akron 12:00 pm Home

Key Stats

Stat (per game) Vanderbilt Northern Illinois
Points 43.3 34.5
Points Allowed 28.7 32.5
Total YDS 439.7 382.0
Pass YDS 207.7 225.5
Rush YDS 232.0 156.5
Total YDS Allowed 434.7 435.0
Pass YDS Allowed 350.5 299.0
Rush YDS Allowed 137.0 136.0

Northern Illinois Injuries and Suspensions

[WR] 08/13/2022 – Trayvon Rudolph is out for season (Undisclosed)


Challenges for Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday in a 45-25 home loss to Wake Forest. The Commodore’s challenge is to put the loss behind them and correct the things that hurt them against Wake in practice. Huskies quarterback Rocky Lombardi appears to be a solid player. In two games he’s completed 32 of 53 (60.4%) passes for 451 yards and four touchdowns.

According to the ranking and rating services, Vandy and NIU are about equal. Vanderbilt can’t afford to take the Huskies lightly.

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 2:30 PM CT (3:30 PM ET). Watch this SEC football game on the CBSSN Network.

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