NIU at Ball State 11/18/20 College Football Picks and Predictions
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Ball State Cardinals (1-1) vs NIU Huskies (0-2)
Game Info: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scheumann Stadium)
Betting Odds: Ball State Cardinals -10.5 -- Over/Under: 63.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Northern Illinois (NIU) faces Ball State on Wednesday, November 18th at Scheumann Stadium for a Week 12 NCAA football MAC matchup.
Northern Illinois is coming off a 40-10 blowout loss to Central Michigan at home in its second game of the season. NIU is now 0-2 to start the year after losses to Central Michigan and Buffalo, two of the top teams in the MAC. Things will not get any easier when Northern Illinois has to take on Ball State on the road. Northern Illinois was not projected to do too many big things this season, as this is shaping up to be a rebuilding year for NIU. Northern Illinois has scored an average of 20.0 points per game to start the season and has earned 320.5 total yards per contest as well. Northern Illinois' defense has struggled badly, allowing 40 points to Central Michigan and 49 to Buffalo.
Ball State is coming off a 38-31 win over Eastern Michigan in Week 12 at home. Ball State is now 1-1 after earning its first win of the season. Ball State's loss came to Miami Ohio by the final score of 38-31 on the road. Ball State has scored an average of 34.5 points per game to start the season, as the offense has been efficient thus far. Ball State has also allowed 34.5 points per game, as Ball State's defense has struggled a bit so far. Ball State will look to reach 2-1 to start the season taking on a team that it beat 27-20 in 2019. Ball State will most likely try to pound the rock, as Northern Illinois' defense has done a poor job against the run this season.
Ball State should be able to win this game rather easily, as Northern Illinois has taken a big step back in terms of talent and experience. I like Ball State to score at least 40 points in this game, and that should be enough for a cover at home here. The spread is going to jump before game time, so I would punch this bet in as soon as possible. Take Ball State.