NIU at Ball State - 10/1/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

Ball State Cardinals (1-3) vs NIU Huskies (1-3)

Game Info: Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 2:00 pm (Scheumann Stadium)

Betting Odds: Ball State Cardinals +4.5 -- Over/Under: 60.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Illinois Huskies will play the Ball State Cardinals in a MAC Game on Saturday afternoon at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Indiana.

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 1-3 this season after they lost to Kentucky by a score of 31-23 in Week 4. Northern Illinois played well in this game, but was unable to complete the comeback. The Northern Illinois offense is averaging 30 points per game with 213.3 passing yards per game and 148 rushing yards per game. Ethan Hampton has thrown for 320 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception for the Huskies this season. Antario Brown has rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns, while Cole Tucker has caught 18 passes for 333 yards and three scores for Northern Illinois. The NIU defense is giving up 33.5 points per game and 426 yards per game.

The Ball State Cardinals are 1-3 this season after they lost to Georgia Southern by a score of 34-23 in their last game. Ball State led this game early in the fourth quarter, but was unable to hold the lead. The Ball State offense is averaging 23.5 points per game with 283.8 passing yards per game and 156.8 rushing yards per game. John Paddock has thrown for 1,135 yards, eight touchdowns, and four interceptions for the Cardinals this season. Carson Steele has rushed for 424 yards and two touchdowns, while Jayshon Jackson has caught 28 passes for 331 yards and two scores for Ball State. The Ball State defense is allowing 32.5 points per game and 408.8 yards per game.

Northern Illinois is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 October games and 44-19-2 ATS in their last 65 road games. The over is 5-0 in Northern Illinois’ last 5 games. Ball State is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 October games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games. The under is 9-2 in Ball State’s last 11 home games. The under is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.

Northern Illinois is coming off of three straight very tough losses against Kentucky (8 points), Vanderbilt (10 point), and Tulsa (38-35). Ball State had a very good chance to win their last game, but their defense couldn’t hold the lead. I like what Northern Illinois has shown this year against some Power Five teams and I like them in this matchup.

David’s Pick Northern Illinois -4.5

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