The Northern Illinois Huskies (1-3) face a MAC matchup with the Ball State Cardinals (1-3).
Northern Illinois vs. Ball State Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 4.5 points, with bookmakers listing Northern Illinois as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, Northern Illinois has -190 odds to pick up the win, while Ball State is listed at +153 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 60.5 points.
How to Watch Northern Illinois vs. Ball State Live?
- Game Day: Saturday, October 1, 2022
- Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Muncie, Indiana
- Stadium: Scheumann Stadium
Despite sporting a bottom-25 defense that ranks 25th-worst in the FBS (426.0 yards allowed per game), Northern Illinois has put up better results on the other side of the ball, ranking 100th in the FBS offensively averaging 361.3 yards per game. Northern Illinois is putting up 30.0 points per game on offense this season (75th in the FBS), and is surrendering 33.5 points per game (106th) on defense. Northern Illinois has the 93rd-ranked passing offense this season (213.3 passing yards per game), and has been less effective on the other side of the ball, ranking 14th-worst with 289.0 passing yards allowed per game. Northern Illinois is averaging 148.0 rushing yards per game on offense this season (83rd in the FBS), and is allowing 137.0 rushing yards per game (64th) on the other side of the ball. Despite having a bottom-25 defense on third down that ranks worst in the FBS (56.4% third-down conversion rate), Northern Illinois has had more success offensively, ranking 38th in the FBS by putting up a 46.2% third-down percentage. Northern Illinois has forced six total turnovers (56th in the FBS) this season and have turned it over two times (ninth in the FBS) for a turnover margin of +4, the 19th-best in college football.
In terms of total yards, Ball State ranks 50th in the FBS (440.5 total yards per game) and 98th defensively (408.8 total yards allowed per contest). With 23.5 points per game on the offensive side of the ball, Ball State ranks 102nd in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 103rd, allowing 32.5 points per contest. With 278.8 passing yards per game on offense, Ball State ranks 35th in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 83rd, allowing 239.8 passing yards per contest. From an offensive perspective, Ball State is compiling 161.8 rushing yards per game (68th-ranked). It ranks 99th in the FBS on the other side of the ball (169.0 rushing yards given up per game). With a 40.3% third-down conversion rate on offense, Ball State ranks 66th in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 74th, surrendering a 38.3% third-down rate. Ball State has recorded six forced turnovers (56th in the FBS) and committed six turnovers (68th in the FBS) this season for a 0 turnover margin that ranks 100th in the FBS.
Northern Illinois vs. Ball State Betting Analysis
Northern Illinois Betting Insights
Northern Illinois has covered the spread two times this season (2-2-0). Northern Illinois has not covered a spread when playing as at least 4.5-point favorites (0-1). All Northern Illinois games have gone over the total this season. The Huskies have been the moneyline favorite just one other time so far this season, a game they lost. The Huskies have not yet played a game with moneyline odds of -190 or shorter.
Cardinals Betting Insights
Ball State has gone 1-3-0 against the spread this year. Ball State has not covered the spread (0-3) when playing as at least 4.5-point underdogs. Games involving Ball State have hit the over twice this season. The Cardinals have lost both games they’ve played as underdogs this season. The Cardinals have been at least a +153 moneyline underdog three times this season, but lost all of those games.
Northern Illinois vs. Ball State Against The Spread & Betting Records
|Point Total AVG||57.5||57.0||58.0|
|Implied Total AVG||37.8||38.0||37.5|
|Moneyline Favorite Record||0-1||0-1||0-0|
|Moneyline Underdog Record||0-2||0-0||0-2|
|Point Total AVG||59.5||52.0||67.0|
|Implied Total AVG||39.0||33.0||45.0|
|Moneyline Favorite Record||1-0||1-0||0-0|
|Moneyline Underdog Record||0-2||0-1||0-1|
Players to Watch
- JaVaughn Byrd has played four games, delivering 0.5 sacks to go with 16 tackles for the Huskies.
- As part of the Huskies’ defense, Daveren Rayner has registered 1.0 sack to go with 1.0 TFL and 22 tackles in four games.
- As part of the Huskies’ defense, C.J. Brown has amassed 21 tackles in four games.
- Michael Kennedy, as part of the Huskies’ defensive unit, has totaled 2.5 sacks to go with 2.0 TFL and five tackles in four games.
- On defense, Jaquan Amos has helped keep opposing offenses in check with 18 tackles and 3.0 TFL in four games.
- The Cardinals’ Malcolm Lee has recorded 16 tackles in four games.
- The Cardinals’ Jordan Riley-Scott has compiled nine tackles, 1.0 TFL, and one sack in four games.
- The Cardinals’ Amechi Uzodinma II has compiled nine tackles and one interception in four games.
Northern Illinois vs. Ball State Predictions and Pick
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Our prediction to win this game is Northern Illinois, and we project that Northern Illinois will cover the spread (Northern Illinois -4.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 60.5 points.