Central Michigan vs. NIU - 11/2/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Michigan vs. NIU - 11/2/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

NIU Huskies (3-5) at Central Michigan Chippewas (5-4)

College Football: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Kelly/Shorts Stadium)

The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas -1.5 -- Over/Under: 49

TV: CBSSN

The Northern Illinois Huskies and Central Michigan Chippewas meet Saturday in college football action at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

The Northern Illinois Huskies could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Northern Illinois Huskies have lost four of their last five road games. Ross Bowers is completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 1,726 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Bowers has one or less touchdown passes in his last six games. Cole Tucker and Mitchell Brinkman have combined for 768 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Daniel Crawford has 27 receptions. The Northern Illinois Huskies ground game is averaging 130.5 yards per contest, and Tre Harbison leads the way with 724 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing 25.4 points and 342.4 yards per game. Mykelti Williams leads the Northern Illinois Huskies with 55 tackles, Antonio Jones-Davis has two sacks and Devin Haney has one interception.

The Central Michigan Chippewas also need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Central Michigan Chippewas have won each of their last four home games. David Moore is completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 1,143 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Moore and Quinten Dormady have combined for 13 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. Kalil Pimpleton and JaCorey Sullivan have combined for 1,059 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Tyrone Scott has 22 receptions. The Central Michigan Chippewas ground game is averaging 174.7 yards per contest, and Jonathan Ward leads the way with 725 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Central Michigan is allowing 29 points and 366 yards per game. Troy Brown leads the Central Michigan Chippewas with 61 tackles, Sean Adesanya has six sacks and Da'Quaun Jamison has two interceptions.

The Huskies are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Chippewas are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in November and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Huskies are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Central Michigan and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Chippewas last 4 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Huskies last 8 road games.

The Northern Illinois Huskies have covered five of their last six games as a road underdog. The Central Michigan Chippewas have covered four of their last six games as a home favorite. The Northern Illinois Huskies have had issues stringing success together this season and that defense can have trouble getting off the field. The Central Michigan Chippewas are playing their best football as of late and will clinch a bowl appearance for the fifth time in the last six years with a victory here. The home team has also won seven of the last 10 meetings between these two teams. Give me the Central Michigan Chippewas and the small chalk. 

Randy’s Pick Central Michigan Chippewas -1.5

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