Through 3 Quarters

The Ball State Cardinals can't call it a day yet, but they are winning as expected. Either team is in a position to win, but they lead against the Northern Illinois Huskies 20-14.

RB Caleb Huntley has led the way so far for Ball State, as he has rushed for one TD and 69 yards on 17 carries. The squad has gotten extra help from defensive menace S Bryce Cosby and his ten tackles.

NIU has been riding high on the performance of WR Tyrice Richie, who has caught seven passes for one TD and 82 yards.

Who's Playing

Northern Illinois @ Ball State

Current Records: Northern Illinois 0-2; Ball State 1-1

What to Know

The Northern Illinois Huskies have enjoyed the comforts of home their last two games, but now they must head out on the road. NIU and the Ball State Cardinals will face off in a Mid-American battle at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday at Scheumann Stadium. The Huskies will be seeking to avenge the 27-20 loss they suffered the last time these two teams played Oct. 5 of last year.

NIU has to be hurting after a devastating 40-10 defeat at the hands of the Central Michigan Chippewas last Wednesday. NIU was down 26 to nothing at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. QB Ross Bowers wasn't much of a difference maker for NIU and passed for only 139 yards on 32 attempts.

Meanwhile, Ball State beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles 38-31 last week. RB Caleb Huntley was a one-man wrecking crew for the Cardinals, rushing for three TDs and 204 yards on 34 carries.

The Huskies have to know they'll be fighting an uphill battle given the 15 point spread they are up against. Those betting on them against the spread shouldn't have high expectations for them since the squad is 0-2 ATS when expected to lose.

Ball State's victory lifted them to 1-1 while Northern Illinois' loss dropped them down to 0-2. We'll see if Ball State can repeat their recent success or if NIU bounces back and reverse their fortune.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Scheumann Stadium -- Muncie, Indiana
  • TV: ESPNews
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App


The Cardinals are a big 15-point favorite against the Huskies, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Cardinals as a 14.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Northern Illinois have won four out of their last five games against Ball State.

  • Oct 05, 2019 - Ball State 27 vs. Northern Illinois 20
  • Oct 06, 2018 - Northern Illinois 24 vs. Ball State 16
  • Nov 09, 2017 - Northern Illinois 63 vs. Ball State 17
  • Oct 01, 2016 - Northern Illinois 31 vs. Ball State 24
  • Oct 10, 2015 - Northern Illinois 59 vs. Ball State 41