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Northern Illinois HuskiesBall State Cardinals
Oct 6, 3:00 PM | Turf of Scheumann Stadium

Northern Illinois Huskies vs Ball State Cardinals Odds

4-1TEAM RECORD3-2

The visiting Huskies hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Scheumann Stadium against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals currently sports a record of 3-2, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-1 ATS. The Huskies are 4-1 and 3-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cardinals post a 5-0 over under record this season, while the Huskies have gone 2-2 against the number.

View Northern Illinois vs Ball State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Huskies were listed as 1-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The game pits the Cardinals, currently No. 90 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Huskies, who rate No. 112 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 46-31 victory for the Huskies.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ball State's No. 37-ranked offense, averaging 35.8 PPG, against a Huskies defense that ranks No. 51 this week at 22.4 PPG. The Cardinals aerial game is averaging 263.6 yards per game, more than the Huskies secondary allows through the air, 180.4 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Huskies feature the league's No. 124-rated road run defense, allowing 486 yards per game. Ball State, meanwhile, ranks No. 23 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, Northern Illinois was a 55-24 winner at home against Central Michigan. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (79) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Leighton Settle went over the 100-yard mark (152) in his team's latest effort as Northern Illinois defeated Central Michigan by a score of 55-24 on Saturday.

In their last action, Ball State was a 45-43 loser on the road against Kent State. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (88) was profitable news for OVER bettors. In their last game, Ball State's aerial attack generated 445 yards but it was the Golden Flashes coming away with a 45-43 victory over Ball State at Dix Stadium.

Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing in October are 9-1
When playing on turf are 10-0
After outgaining opponent are 10-0
When playing within the conference are 9-1

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing in October are 3-7
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 2-8
When playing within the conference are 5-5

A few Huskies at Cardinals trends to consider:
Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northern Illinois's last 5 games when playing on the road against Ball State
Northern Illinois is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
Northern Illinois is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Ball State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 5 games when playing at home against Northern Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Ball State's last 7 games at home
Ball State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Northern Illinois home to Buffalo, Saturday, October 13
Ball State home to Western Michigan, Saturday, October 13