Free Week 5 Prediction: Huskies vs Cardinals Odds
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(0-4) Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Ball State Cardinals (3-1)
Date: Saturday, October 1st
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, Indiana
NCAA Football Spread: Ball State -4
NCAA Betting Total: 58
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The MAC West gets set for battle on Saturday afternoon as Northern Illinois heads into Ball State.
The Huskies continue to search for their first win of the season while the Cardinals look to make it 3 straight here with a win.
Northern Illinois Huskies
Nothing seems to be going the way of the Huskies right now.
Northern Illinois has started the season off 0-4 as losses to Wyoming, South Florida, San Diego State, and now Western Illinois have this team with a giant task ahead of them if they hope to gain entrance into a bowl game at the end of the season.
With 8 games to play in the MAC, the Huskies must win 6 of them to qualify.
Northern Illinois will have to start figuring out how to slow teams down defensively.
The Huskies have been torched both on the ground and through the air, allowing 500 yards per game. Allowing the big play has also been an issue, as they’ve conceded 39.5 points per game.
Offensively, it’s up to Drew Hare to figure things out. Hare has just 425 yards passing this season and hasn’t been the explosive player that he’s been in the past.
Hare has led the Huskies to just 25.5 points per game on the season.
Ball State Cardinals
The Cardinals have started the season 4-0 ATS for their backers and enter play 3-1 SU.
Ball State’s lone loss was a 10 point loss at Indiana as they’ve knocked off Georgia State, Eastern Kentucky, and Florida Atlantic.
QB Riley Neil has continued to progress and show signs of maturity as this young season has gone on.
Neil comes in off a 252 yard performance while he tossed for a pair of touchdowns in the win over FAU. Neil is picking up right where left off from his freshman season, as he’s been able to make his dual threat ability a real force.
Neil has rumbled for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground, with is almost half of his 2015 rushing totals. He has surpassed his 2 touchdowns on the ground from 2015.
The Cardinals need to really dial up the blitzes here defensively. The Huskies have no explosiveness to their offense. Stacking the box and forcing them to try to get out of their comfort zone is a recipe for success here.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Huskies are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Huskies are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Huskies are 19-7-2 ATS in their last 28 road games.
- Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Cardinals are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games.
- Cardinals are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games.
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Northern Illinois just lacks that spark this season.
Given that and the low spread here, this is a nice spot on Ball State.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick:Ball State -4
The Cardinals have a lot more of a proven offense. Give them the edge here and lay the low number.
Week 5 Free Score Prediction: Ball State 34 – Northern Illinois 17
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