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The Northern Illinois Huskies look for their first win of the season against a familiar foe when they visit the Ball State Cardinals on Wednesday night with the Bronze Stalk on the line. The Huskies (0-2) have won five straight in Muncie and had beaten their Mid-American Conference West foes 10 times in a row before Ball State (1-1) pulled off a 27-20 win in DeKalb last season. The Huskies (0-1) had a tough early slate, losing to division-leading Buffalo in Week 1 before a 40-10 loss to defending West champ Central Michigan last Wednesday. The Cardinals came back to beat Eastern Michigan 38-31 last week for their first win. 

Kickoff from Scheumann Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Cardinals as a 14-point favorite in the latest Northern Illinois vs. Ball State odds, and the over-under for total points scored is set at 60. Before you make your Ball State vs. Northern Illinois picks, check out the college football predictions for MACtion from the SportsLine Projection Model.

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Now, the model has set its sights on Northern Illinois vs. Ball State. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Ball State vs. Northern Illinois:

  • Northern Illinois vs. Ball State: Cardinals -14
  • Northern Illinois vs. Ball State over-under: 60
  • Northern Illinois vs. Ball State moneyline: Huskies +450, Cardinals -650
  • NIU: WR Tyrice Richie has at least 54 receiving yards in four of his last five games.
  • BSU: RB Caleb Huntley has rushed for at least 106 yards in nine of the past 10 games.

Why Ball State can cover

Ball State is tested after both games this season came down to the wire, and the Cardinals face a Huskies team that is 3-13-1 against the spread in its last 17 games following a double-digit loss at home. NIU is allowing 208 rushing yards per game, and Huntley ranks second in the nation with 167 per contest. He averages more than six yards per carry, and he has scored five times in the first two games. Wide receiver Justin Hall has carried six times for 87 yards and a score. 

Hall also shares the team lead with 179 receiving yards, along with Antwan Davis, who has a team-high 13 catches. Yo'Heinz Tyler, who averaged 18.7 yards per catch in 2019, has 12 catches for 130 yards. Quarterback Drew Plitt has taken advantage of these weapons, completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 541 yards. Defensively, cornerbacks Antonio Phillips and Amechi Uzodinma II are the league's best tandem and combined for nine interceptions last season. 

Why Northern Illinois can cover

Northern Illinois is 35-16-2 against the spread in its past 53 road games, and the Huskies have outscored the Cardinals by an average of more than 16 points over the past 10 years. Quarterback Ross Bowers is in his sixth year of college football after transferring from Cal, and he threw for 2,130 yards and seven TDs last season. He has only 341 passing yards this season, but now he faces a Ball State defense that allows 260 yards per game through the air and almost 35 points per contest. 

The Huskies are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 road games against a team with a losing home record, and they are 9-1 straight-up in the past 10 at Ball State. Freshman running back Harrison Waylee has shown flashes despite the Huskies playing catch-up, averaging almost four yards per carry, and he and Erin Collins could find holes against Ball State, which allows 180.5 yards per game on the ground. 

How to make Northern Illinois vs. Ball State picks

SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total. In fact, it says the teams will combine for 58 points. It also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine

So who wins Northern Illinois vs. Ball State? And which side of the spread cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Ball State vs. Northern Illinois spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up almost $3,900 on its top-rated college football spread picks, and find out.