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Ball State Northern Illinois Preview

The Northern Illinois Huskies will be looking for their third straight Tuesday night win this week when they host the Ball State Cardinals.

Overall, Northern Illinois has won five straight (4-1 ATS over that stretch), and is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games against Ball State. Quarterback Chandler Harnish threw for 294 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown in last Tuesday’s win over Bowling Green.

The Cardinals will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 6-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Huskies are 5-5 ATS.

View Ball State vs Northern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The home team opened as 19-point favorites in this NCAA football battle and it's bet down to -17 at shoops such as BetOnline. The over under line was set around 71.5 early Tuesday and the best UNDER number was at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Huskies sit at No. 96 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Cardinals are at No. 110 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Huskies will win this game 41-24.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northern Illinois's No. 9-ranked offense (41.6 PPG) against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 98 at 33 PPG. The Huskies passing attack has averaged 235.8 yards per game, less than the Cardinals give up through the air (280.7 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 77-rated road run defense, allowing 187 yards per game. Northern Illinois, meanwhile, ranks No. 8 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, Ball State was a 33-31 winner on the road against Eastern Michigan. They covered the 2–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (64) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Northern Illinois won its last outing, a 45-14 result against Bowling Green on November 8. Northern Illinois covered in that game as a 6-point favorite, while the 59 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing in November are 7-3
When playing on turf are 7-3
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 6-4

Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing in November are 7-3
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 8-2

A few Cardinals at Huskies trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Ball State's last 8 games
Ball State is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Ball State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Northern Illinois
Ball State is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Northern Illinois is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home
Northern Illinois is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Ball State
Northern Illinois is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Ball State

Next up:
Ball State home to Toledo, Friday, November 25
Northern Illinois home to Eastern Michigan, Friday, November 25