N. Illinois vs. C. Michigan Odds

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MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (The Spread) – No. 23 Northern Illinois hits the road for a conference meeting with Central Michigan on Saturday at 3PM ET on ESPN3.

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Northern Illinois is 6-0 overall, 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference, 4-0 on the road and 3-3 against the spread. Central Michigan is 3-4 overall, 2-1 in the MAC, 1-1 at home and 2-5 against the spread. The home team has won four straight in this series.

Trends show that the home team is 12-3-1 against the spread in the last 16 games in this series. These two have hit the over in 4 of their last 5 meetings and in 4 of their last 5 games at Central Michigan.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Northern Illinois is the clear favorite on the road, as they have odds of -16 points at Central Michigan. The over/under total has been set at 59.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Northern Illinois favored by 17.5 points. The spread was never greater than that and is at its low with NIU favored by 16. The over/under total hasn’t changed since opening at 59.5.

The Huskies are coming off a 27-20 win over Akron at home last week. It was NIU’s fourth win this season by 10 points or less. The offense comes into this game averaging over 500 yards per game and scoring 39.7 per contest. The defense hasn’t been great, allowing 28.2 points per game. Quarterback Jordan Lynch has thrown for 1,333 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 616 yards and four scores. Cameron Stingily has added 656 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Central Michigan is riding a two-game winning streak entering this game, as the Chippewas upset Ohio on the road last week, 26-23. Despite the two-game win streak, CMU is giving up 32.7 points per game and scoring only 18.9 per game. Freshman quarterback Cooper Rush has thrown for 1,304 yards and nine scores with nine interceptions while Saylor Lavallii has rushed for 705 yards and five touchdowns. Titus Davis has added 29 catches for 518 yards and four touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Northern Illinois running back Akeem Daniels (foot) and receiver Angelo Sebastiano (concussion) are questionable. Central Michigan has no new injuries to report.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Northern Illinois, as the Huskies are getting 63% of the wagers with odds of -16 points at Central Michigan on Saturday.

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