Northern Illinois Huskies (4-4) vs Central Michigan Chippewas (4-4)
Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Central Michigan Chippewas 10/31/23 – As the NCAAF season approaches its climax, Week 10 presents a tantalizing matchup between two evenly matched teams in terms of their current standings. The Northern Illinois Huskies will face off against the Central Michigan Chippewas, both teams boasting a 4-4 record. This pivotal game has all the makings of a close contest, and as we break down the statistics, we aim to provide some of the top NCAAF teams’ free picks.
Delving deeper into the Huskies, Antario Brown, the running back, has showcased his athleticism this season, amassing 676 yards on 115 attempts, averaging 5.9 yards per rush. His longest dash went for an impressive 80 yards, proving his capability of breaking out big plays when needed. Accompanying him on the offensive front is wide receiver Kacper Rutkiewicz. With 319 receiving yards on 21 receptions, he averages 15.2 yards per catch, proving to be a valuable target in the Huskies’ aerial attack.
On the other side of the gridiron, the Chippewas have their stars as well. Myles Bailey, their primary running back, has made significant contributions, racking up 360 yards from 87 attempts, averaging 4.1 yards per rush. Jesse Prewitt III, their leading receiver, has managed 379 yards from 26 receptions. Averaging 14.6 yards per catch, Prewitt’s skills are vital in stretching the field and exploiting gaps in the opposing defense.
Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Central Michigan Chippewas 10/31/23 Game Info
|When:||Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET|
Rocky Lombardi QB vs. Jase Bauer QB
Rocky Lombardi, the quarterback for the Huskies, has had a mixed season. With 1360 passing yards from 202 attempts and 6 touchdowns, he exhibits a solid, though not spectacular, play. His 58.4% completion rate and a passer rating of 120.8 indicate room for improvement. However, Lombardi’s strengths lie in his decision-making under pressure and his ability to adapt to changing game situations. His biggest challenge will be the Chippewas’ defense that has demonstrated an aptitude for creating turnovers.
Jase Bauer, the Chippewas’ signal-caller, has numbers quite similar to Lombardi’s. Passing for 1221 yards, Bauer’s completion percentage mirrors Lombardi’s at 58.4%. Despite his 5 touchdowns, Bauer’s 6 interceptions indicate potential vulnerability. His strengths are his ability to make quick decisions and distribute the ball effectively across the field. Against the Huskies’ defense, which can be unpredictable, Bauer needs to be sharp and minimize mistakes.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Northern Illinois Huskies -115, Total Odds: 45.5
The current betting odds slightly favor the Huskies. Given the similar records and performances of both teams, it’s expected that the game will be a tight one. The set total odds of 45.5 suggest an anticipated combined score that could fall in the mid-40s range, making the over/under a challenging proposition for bettors. With both teams having key offensive players in good form, it might encourage bets on the higher side of the total.
Northern Illinois Huskies Betting Trends
The Huskies have seen the total go OVER in 13 of their last 20 games. With a 6-13 SU record in their recent 19 games, they’ve struggled to maintain consistent performance. Historically, against the Chippewas, they have a concerning 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games and a 2-7 SU record.
Central Michigan Chippewas Betting Trends
Central Michigan hasn’t been strong ATS recently, with a 2-8 record in their last 10 games. While they’ve performed better at home against the Huskies with a 5-2 ATS, their 1-6 ATS record in their last 7 home games is alarming.
Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Central Michigan Chippewas 10/31/23 Betting Picks
Given both teams’ trends and statistics, this matchup will likely be decided by the slimmest of margins. The Chippewas have a slight home advantage, which might give them the edge.
However, based on recent performances, the Huskies might be the safer pick in this contest, especially if they can capitalize on the Chippewas’ vulnerabilities. For those seeking top membership picks, considering the over might be the right play, given both teams’ tendency for high-scoring affairs.
Free Pick and Prediction: Northern Illinois Huskies 24, Central Michigan Chippewas 21.