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Ball State Cardinals Prediction vs NIU Huskies in Week 5 College Football Odds

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

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Ball State Cardinals pegged as -1-point favorites in this matchup. The total, meanwhile, had yet to be posted as of writing - check the lines shortly.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 20-18 result in favor of the Huskies. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

NIU Huskies vs Ball State Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Ball State Cardinals currently sport a record of 3-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-0 ATS. The NIU Huskies are 0-4 and 0-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Ball State Cardinals post a 2-2 over under record this season, while the NIU Huskies have gone 3-1 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Ball State vs NIU injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Ball State Cardinals rated this week at No. 112 and the NIU Huskies sitting at No. 90.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Ball State's No. 64-ranked offense, averaging 30.75 PPG, against a NIU defense that ranks No. 115 this week at 39.5 PPG. The Ball State aerial game is averaging 215.25 yards per game, less than the NIU Huskies secondary allows through the air, 262.75 YPG per game.

Defensively, the NIU Huskies feature the league's No. 103-rated road run defense, allowing 268 yards per game. Ball State, meanwhile, ranks No. 70 in rushing offense at home.

The Cardinals grabbed a Week 4 victory over the Owls in their last game, winning 31-27 at FAU Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Northern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Northern Illinois is 15-6-1 ATS in its last 22 games on the road
  • Northern Illinois is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games on the road
  • Northern Illinois is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Ball State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Ball State is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Ball State's last 14 games
  • Ball State is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

NIU at Western Michigan, Saturday, October 8th
Ball State at Central Michigan, Saturday, October 8th