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Minutemen Huskies Betting Preview for Week 10

Northern Illinois Huskies Massachusetts Minutemen
8-0 November 02, 2013, 12:00 | Gillette Stadium 1-7



Northern Illinois visits Massachusetts on Saturday, hoping to send the Minutemen to a loss while also covering the spread in NCAAF action at Gillette Stadium.

They battle the Huskies, currently with a 8-0 mark (5-3 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 1-7 for the Minutemen and 5-3 for the Huskies.

View Northern Illinois Huskies vs Massachusetts Minutemen Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Huskies in this one found them as -24-point favorites 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.

This game matches up the No. 114 (Minutemen) and the No. 22 (Huskies) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 40-8 result in favor of the Huskies is predicted by handicapping models.

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In their last gridiron battle, Rob Blanchflower did much of the damage, producing 131 receiving yards but Massachusetts managed to defeat the Minutemen 31-30 at Gillette Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Massachusetts's No. 125-ranked offense (10.62 PPG) against a Huskies defense that ranks No. 60 at 25.75 PPG. The Minutemen passing attack has averaged 171.88 yards per game, less than the Huskies give up through the air (284.88 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Huskies own the league's No. 41-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 154.4 yards per game when on the road. Massachusetts, on the other hand, rates No. 113 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Huskies at Minutemen trends to consider:
Northern Illinois is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Northern Illinois is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Massachusetts is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Massachusetts is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Massachusetts's last 8 games
Massachusetts is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games at home


Next up:
Northern Illinois at Ball State, Wednesday, November 13th
Massachusetts at Akron, Saturday, November 16th