ESPN2 Wednesday Night Football Odds: Ball State vs. Northern Illinois Print
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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:00
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Ball State vs. N. Illinois Odds

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DEKALB, IL (The Spread) – No. 15 Northern Illinois faces a tough conference clash on Wednesday as it hosts Ball State at 8PM ET on ESPN2.

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Northern Illinois is 9-0 on the season, 5-0 in the Mid-American Conference, 3-0 at home and 6-3 against the spread. Ball State is 9-1 overall, 6-0 in the MAC, 4-1 on the road and 7-3 against the spread. NIU has won four straight meetings with Ball State.

Trends show that the Huskies are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 after a win while Ball State is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games following a bye week and 40-14 ATS in its last 54 road games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Northern Illinois is favored at home, as the Huskies are getting odds of -6.5 points against Ball State. The over/under total for the game has been set at 69.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had NIU favored by 5.5 points. The spread climbed to a peak of 7 points before falling back to 6.5. The over/under total hasn’t changed since opening at 69.5 points.

Northern Illinois is coming off a 63-19 win over UMass last week. The Huskies are averaging 44.2 points per game for the season, which ranks eighth in the nation. Defensively, the Huskies are giving up just 25 points per game. Quarterback Jordan Lynch has thrown for 1,871 yards and 19 touchdowns while rushing for 1,150 yards and 12 scores to lead the offense. Cameron Stingily has added 784 rushing yards and eight scores.

Ball State is coming off a 44-24 win over Central Michigan last week. The Cardinals have won seven straight entering this game, and the team is now averaging 39.9 points per game on offense, while allowing 23.6 points per game on defense. Quarterback Keith Wenning has thrown for 3,164 yards and 27 touchdowns this season to lead the offense while Willie Snead has 74 receptions for 1,175 yards and 12 scores. Jahwan Edwards has added 749 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, NIU running back Akeem Daniels (foot) and cornerback Sean Evans (knee) are both questionable for the game. Ball State safety Martez Hester (ankle) and receiver Chris Shillings (undisclosed) are both questionable as well.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Northern Illinois, as the Huskies are getting 82% of the wagers with odds of -6.5 points against Ball State.

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