N. Illinois vs. UMass Odds


FOXBORO, MA (The Spread) – No. 17 Northern Illinois looks to add to its lengthy MAC winning streak on Saturday when it hits the road to face UMass at Noon ET on ESPN3.

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Northern Illinois is 8-0 on the season, 4-0 in the MAC, 5-0 on the road and 5-3 against the spread. UMass is 1-7 overall, 1-3 in the MAC, 1-3 at home and 4-4 against the spread. NIU won last year’s inaugural meeting, 63-0.

Trends show that NIU is 8-2-1 against the spread in its last 11 road games and 9-2-1 ATS in its last 12 games against a team with a losing record. UMass is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games against a team with a winning record.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Northern Illinois is the clear road favorite, as the Huskies have odds of -23 points at UMass. The over/under total for the game has been set at 54.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had NIU favored by 22.5 points. The spread climbed to 23.5 before falling back to 23. The over/under total hasn’t changed since opening at 54.5 points.

Northern Illinois is coming off a 59-20 win over Eastern Michigan last week. The Huskies have had their last two wins come by at least 21 points, as NIU is averaging 41.9 points per game on offense while allowing only 25.8 points per game defensively. Northern Illinois is led by its dynamic quarterback Jordan Lynch, who has 1,711 passing yards with 18 touchdowns while rushing for 1,031 yards and eight scores. Cameron Stingily has added 726 rushing yards with seven scores.

UMass is coming off a 31-30 loss at home to Western Michigan. It was Western’s first win of the season and mark the fifth time this season UMass had allowed at least 28 points in a game. The Minutemen are giving up 28.9 points per game for the season while scoring only 10.6 points per game. The team is being led by A.J. Doyle, who has thrown for 1,045 yards and five touchdowns while receiver Tajae Sharpe has 46 catches for 474 yards and three scores.

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In terms of Injuries, NIU cornerback Sean Evans (knee) and running back Akeem Daniels (foot) are both questionable. UMass running back Jordan Broadnax (knee) and receiver Shakur Nesmith (shoulder) are both questionable as well.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Northern Illinois, as the Huskies are getting an amazing 97% of the wagers with odds of -23 points at UMass on Saturday.

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