DETROIT, MI (The Spread)Ohio and Northern Illinois will grace the turf tonight at Ford Field in Detroit for the 2011 MAC Championship. Who will come out on top?

Odds: Oddsmakers have installed Northern Illinois as a 3-point favorite over Ohio, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 71.5 for tonight’s game. Both teams enter the game with identical 9-3 overall records.

Line Movement: The Huskies opened as 3-point favorites and while some books currently list Northern as a 3.5-point favorite, the line has remained at 3 at the majority of the books. The over/under total opened at 66 and has shot up to 70.5.

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Public Betting: Of the 10,000-plus wagers on today’s game, 64% of college football public bettors currently favor Northern Illinois. This information is subject to change leading up to kickoff, however, so make sure you click on the “Public Betting” link provided to ensure that you’re viewing the most up-to-date public betting numbers.

College Football Free Pick: Take the Huskies. According to latest college football trends, the Huskies are 11-5-1 against the spread in their last 17 conference games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game. The Bobcats, meanwhile, are 1-4 ATS in their last five neutral site games and just 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss.

2011 MAC CHAMPIONSHIP FREE PICK: NORTHERN ILLINOIS –3

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