the Northern Iowa Panthers visit the Air Force Falcons Saturday at Falcon Stadium in each team’s season opener. Kickoff is set for 1 pm ET. Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Panthers vs. falcons oddsand make our expert college football picks and predictions.
The Panthers come into the season ranked No. 21 in the FCS after finishing last season with a 6-6 record. For the 22nd straight season, the Panthers will be headed by coach Mark Farley, the program’s winningest coach.
They are returning 4 All-MVFC players, including two defensive strengths in DB Benny Sapp III and LB spencer cuvelier. They will look to play with discipline and poise as they face an academy school, which Farley calls a “great honor.”
The Falcons enter with a staggering 25-0 record against FCS teams all time, all of which happened in their home stadium with 15 of the 25 wins under coach Troy Calhoun.
They will bring confidence into this one as they have outscored opponents 223-28 in their last 5 season openers. They hope to start their season off with a bang under returning senior QB Haaziq Daniels.
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Northern Iowa at Air Force odds
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Friday at 9:57 pm ET.
- Moneyline(ML): Northern Iowa +650 (bet $100 to win $650) | Air Force -1000 (bet $1,000 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Northern Iowa +16.5 (-110) | Air Force-16.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 42.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)
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Northern Iowa at Air Force picks and predictions
Air Force 34, Northern Iowa 13
The Falcons (-1000) will win, but here’s no value on the money line with them being such a big favorite.
against the spread
BET AIR FORCE -16.5 (-110).
Their record against FCS teams is undeniable and the program’s winningest coach will be leading them into his 22nd season, which is why I am willing to lay the points here.
Northern Iowa may keep this game close in the early stages, but coming into a high-altitude Falcon Stadium, facing the roar of the home crowd, Air Force will separate itself and pull away by the end of this one.
the OVER 42.5 (-112) is worth a lean. Air Force returns a lot of experienced players, who are hoping to set the tone in Game 1 for the rest of their season.
The Falcons will look to start off fast and get on the board early in front of their home fans, while also maintaining rhythm against a strong Panthers defense.
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