Ball State vs. NIU Wednesday Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies are 9-0 SU, 6-3 ATS; the Ball State Cardinals are 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS.
In a game that might decide a berth in the MAC championship game the two-time defending conference champion Huskies host the Cardinals Wednesday night in DeKalb (8 pm ET, ESPN2).
Ball State leads the MAC West at 6-0; NIU sits in second place at 5-0. So the winner of this game will own the head-to-head tie-breaker between the top two contenders.
Northern Illinois has won the last four meetings between these two teams, but BSU has covered the spread in three of the last five meetings.
In the early betting on this big game the Huskies were favored by six points over the Cardinals.
The Cardinals will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 7-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Huskies are 6-3 ATS. Ball State is 6-4 against the total, while Northern Illinois is 6-3 versus the number.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Huskies rated this week at No. 26 and the Cardinals sitting at No. 33. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 48-46 result in favor of the Huskies this week.
In their last action, Ball State was a 44-24 winner at home against Central Michigan. They failed to cover the 20.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (68) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Jordan Lynch tore up the turf for 119 rushing yards in the latest Huskies game, a 63-19 win over the Minutemen at Gillette Stadium.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northern Illinois's No. 7-ranked offense (44.22 PPG) against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 48 at 23.6 PPG. The Huskies passing attack has averaged 232.78 yards per game, more than the Cardinals give up through the air (222.4 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 99-rated road run defense, allowing 212.2 yards per game. Northern Illinois, meanwhile, ranks No. 12 in rushing offense at home.
A few Cardinals at Huskies trends to consider:
Ball State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Ball State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Ball State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Ball State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Northern Illinois's last 9 games
Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Ball State at Miami (Ohio), Friday, November 29th
Northern Illinois at Toledo, Wednesday, November 20th