Northern Illinois vs. Toledo Odds

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TOLEDO, OH (The Spread) – No. 16 Northern Illinois looks to keep its BCS hopes alive on Wednesday night when the Huskies face Toledo at 8PM ET on ESPN2.

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Northern Illinois is 10-0 overall, 6-0 in the MAC, 6-0 on the road and 7-3 against the spread. Toledo is 7-3 overall, 5-1 in the MAC, 5-0 at home and 7-2-1 against the spread. Northern Illinois has won three straight meetings with Toledo.

Trends show that Northern Illinois is just 4-10-1 against the spread in its last 15 meetings with the Rockets and 2-5 ATS in its last 7 trips to Toledo. These two have hit the over in 3 of their last 5 meetings in Toledo.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Northern Illinois is the slight favorite on the road, as the Huskies have odds of -2.5 points at Toledo. The over/under total for the game has been set at 73 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had NIU favored by 2.5 points. The spread dropped to 2 for a short time before moving back to 2.5 points. The over/under total hasn’t changed since opening at 73 points.

Northern Illinois is coming off a 48-27 win over Ball State at home last week. The Huskies were in a battle the whole way, but scored two late touchdowns to make it look lopsided. NIU is now averaging 44.6 points per game on offense, while allowing 25.2 points per game on defense. Quarterback Jordan Lynch could be a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate, as he has thrown for 2,216 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 1,273 yards and 14 scores. Cameron Stingily has added 812 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.

Toledo is coming off a 51-41 win over Buffalo at home last week. The Rockets have now won five straight games, three of which have been by 10 points or less. Toledo is averaging 35 points per game on offense while giving up 27.7 points per game on defense. Quarterback Terrance Owens has thrown for 1,837 yards and 13 touchdowns to lead the offense. Kareem Hunt has rushed for 672 yards and six touchdowns and will see an increased load this week with leading rusher David Fluellen injured. Bernard Reedy has added 55 receptions for 736 yards and six touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Northern Illinois running back Akeem Daniels (foot) and cornerback Sean Evans (knee) are both questionable for this game. Toledo running back David Fluellen (ankle) is listed as doubtful for this game.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Northern Illinois, as the Huskies are getting 91% of the wagers with odds of -2.5 points at Toledo on Wednesday night.

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