11/5/08 College Football Free Pick: Northern Illinois at Ball State Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 08:21

Wednesday night football is back with a MAC matchup between the Northern Illinois Huskies and the Ball State Cardinals. Let's take a look at the odds, over under totals, public betting information and hand out a prediction.

Bet Northern Illinois at Ball State

Kickoff: 8:05 PM ET

Odds: Oddsmakers from online sports book SBG Global have established Ball State as a 9.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: 47.5

Public Betting:

Current public betting information shows that 59% of bettors favor Ball State –9.5 over Northern Illinois.

Top Betting Trends:

All games in this series since 1992

N ILLINOIS is 7-3 against the spread versus BALL ST since 1992

N ILLINOIS is 7-4 straight up against BALL ST since 1992

2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL since 1992

Games over the last 3 seasons

N ILLINOIS is 2-0 against the spread versus BALL ST over the last 3 seasons

BALL ST is 1-1 straight up against N ILLINOIS over the last 3 seasons

1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

All games played at BALL ST since 1992

N ILLINOIS is 4-1 against the spread versus BALL ST since 1992

N ILLINOIS is 4-1 straight up against BALL ST since 1992

1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1992

Games played at BALL ST over the last 3 seasons.

N ILLINOIS is 1-0 against the spread versus BALL ST over the last 3 seasons

N ILLINOIS is 1-0 straight up against BALL ST over the last 3 seasons

1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

Key Player Injuries

N ILLINOIS

No significant injuries.

BALL ST

(!) [WR] Dante Love is out for the season. - Neck - 09/22/08

[DE] Justin Woodard is out for the season - Leg - 10/21/08

Prediction:
It would be easy to jump on quarterback Nate Davis and the Ball State Cardinals because they’re the ranked team in this matchup (not to mention they’re home), but Northern has been no pushovers this season and still have a lot to play for in the MAC. The Huskies have played Ball State very well over the past couple years and since the Cardinals got ranked, they haven’t blown teams out. Ball State should win, but expect a close game and a NIU cover. We predict Ball State over Northern Illinois 24-20.

Bet Northern Illinois at Ball State

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Posted: 11/5/08 1:30 PM 

 

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