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Huskies vs Chippewas Preview

Central Michigan ChippewasNorthern Illinois Huskies
Sep 29, 3:30 PM | Turf of Huskie Stadium

Central Michigan Chippewas vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds

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Northern Illinois looks to cover the Huskies-Chippewas point spread this week and improve its overall 3-1 mark when they host Central Michigan in Week 5 action.

The Huskies are 3-1 so far on the season, and 2-2 ATS vs. the number. The Chippewas, meanwhile, are 2-1 and 1-2 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Northern Illinois go 1-2 and the Chippewas go 1-0-1 on the totals.

View Central Michigan vs Northern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Bettors looking to back the visiting Chippewas in this one found them as 12-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Huskies at No. 116 and the Chippewas at No. 78 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 37-21 result in favor of the Huskies.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northern Illinois's No. 52-ranked offense, averaging 30.8 PPG, against a Chippewas defense that ranks No. 99 this week at 33 PPG. The Huskies aerial game is averaging 211.2 yards per game, less than the Chippewas secondary allows through the air, 219 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Chippewas own the league's No. 80-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 215 yards per game when on the road. Northern Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 53 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Central Michigan was a 32-31 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Iowa. They covered the 14.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (63) made winners of OVER bettors. Central Michigan won its last game, 32-31 over Iowa on Saturday, behind a 105-yard receiving performance from Cody Wilson at Kinnick Stadium.

Northern Illinois was a 30-23 winner in their most recent outing at home against Kansas. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (53) made winners of UNDER bettors. Last time we saw the Jayhawks, they had no answer for Jordan Lynch as the Huskies rolled to a 30-23 victory at Huskie Stadium.

Central Michigan Chippewas Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on turf are 4-6
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 3-7

Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on turf are 10-0
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing within the conference are 8-2

A few Chippewas at Huskies trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Central Michigan's last 7 games on the road
Central Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Northern Illinois
Central Michigan is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing Northern Illinois
Central Michigan is 6-18 SU in its last 24 games
Northern Illinois is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
Northern Illinois is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Northern Illinois is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Central Michigan
Northern Illinois is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Central Michigan

Next up:
Central Michigan at Toledo, Saturday, October 6
Northern Illinois at Ball State, Saturday, October 6