Free Week 11 Prediction: Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Northern Illinois Huskies Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 11
(1-0) Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (0-1)
Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Huskie Stadium in Dekalb, IL
NCAA Football Spread: Central Michigan -7.5
NCAA Betting Total: O/U 57.5
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MAC schedule makers haven’t done Northern Illinois any favors in 2020. The Huskies opened the shortened season against the top MAC defense in Buffalo last week, and gets the #2 unit Central Michigan in game two.
NIU lost to Buffalo as expected last week, 49-30. The Chippewas got their season off to a solid start in a 30-27 win over a good Ohio team in which CMU was a +2.5 home underdog.
Central Michigan Chippewas
Central Michigan used a balanced attack to take down the Bobcats last week. CMU had a 100-yard rusher in Kobe Lewis (28 carries, 112), and got a 243 yard performance from QB Daniel Richardson in his first collegiate start.
The Chippewas have to replace 2,300+ yard passer Quentin Dormady this season, but so far it looks like Richardson is competent. NIU had the 4th best pass defense in the MAC last year though, despite going just 4-4 in conference play.
The Central Michigan defense also had a strong showing last week, holding Ohio’s #3 ranked rushing attack from a year ago to 110 yards on 36 carries.
The Chippewas were also able to get pressure against Ohio, sacking them 5 times and forcing three fumbles, two of which were lost. NIU lost four fumbles last week and threw an INT so they are prone to mistakes.
Northern Illinois Huskies
The NIU stats are skewed a bit from last week’s 19-point loss at home to Buffalo, mostly because the Bulls scored twice on fumble recoveries, once on an INT return, and again on a 56-yard run.
Those big plays from UB led Northern Illinois to actually holding a 38 to 22 time of possession advantage. As a result NIU was able to amass 156 yards on the ground, and another 241 through the air against last year’s #1 MAC defense.
The Huskies ended up allowing 179 yards on the ground to Buffalo and another 178 through the air. NIU was actually close in trailing just 21-16 at the half.
Northern Illinois also added two TDs with under 5:00 left in the 4th quarter, after getting down 49-16 to the Bulls. The season opener was such a strange one for the Huskies that it’s almost a throw away game stats-wise.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Chippewas are 5-1 ATS last 6 as a favorite
- Chippewas are 4-1 ATS last 5 conference games
- Chippewas are 7-3 ATS last 10 overall
- Over is 4-0 in Chippewas last 4 games
- Huskies are 7-3 ATS vs team with a winning record
- Over is 7-1 in Huskies last 8 overall
- Chippewas are 6-0 ATS last 6 head to head games
Free Week 10 NCAA Football Prediction:
Central Michigan is 5-1 in the last six head to head meetings, but Northern Illinois won the last meeting in Dekalb, 24-16 in 2018. The Chippewas had the blowout 48-10 victory a season ago.
Free NCAA Betting Pick: Central Michigan -7.5
The hook looms large in this one, but NIU just made way too many mistakes last week to be trusted here.
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