There’s more MACtion for November 10 with three more games on the slate. Find out where the value is for Wednesday’s games.
Let’s break down some college football odds, shall we?
Ball State Cardinals vs. Northern Illinois Huskies
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – 07:00 PM EST at Huskie Stadium
The Ball State Cardinals are starting to come around. After a slow start in 2021, Ball State has won four of their last five with the lone loss coming to Miami (OH) by seven points. The Cardinals are now 5-4 on the year behind quarterback Drew Plitt, who has 14 touchdowns in his senior season throwing the football this year.
Protection has been hard to come by for Ball State, as the offensive line has been atrocious. However, the run game for Ball State has still worked their magic, despite the offensive line, and have rushed for 129.6 yards per game. Still, that’s nothing compared to Northern Illinois, who they’ll face on Wednesday night, on the road.
Northern Illinois has a much better run-block and has rushed for 221.4 yards per game. They’ve dominated on offense, gaining 427.7 yards per game behind a reliable transfer quarterback in Rocky Lombardi. While the offense has been great for Northern Illinois, the defense hasn’t, allowing 33.8 points per game.
The Huskies can’t stop the run, allowing 204.8 yards per game, and haven’t been all that good in coverage either. Meanwhile, Ball State has done well with their pass rush and has one of the better defensive lines in the MAC this season. The coverage is a bit shaky but Ball State can get big-time stops on the defensive end using their front seven. Therefore, I’ll take Ball State -2.5 here.
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Central Michigan Chippewas
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – 08:00 PM EST at Kelly/Shorts Stadium
Kent State has looked phenomenal as of late, winning four of their last five games. Offensively, the Golden Flashes are absurd. They’re averaging 476.2 yards per game along with 235.7 yards on the ground. Marquez Cooper has earned 5.2 yards per carry at running back for Kent State with seven touchdowns on 731 yards and 141 attempts.
However, while the offense is lights out, the defense is everything but. The defense allows 495.8 yards per game and nearly 200 yards on the ground as well. The defense is one of the worst in the MAC as they’ve had trouble doing anything right. In every category on defense, this team is below average.
Meanwhile, Central Michigan is fantastic on defense and showed it last week as a double-digit underdog against Western Michigan. Central Michigan is capable of stopping the run and they make big-time tackles in the open field. The pass rush is also very capable of getting sacks and forcing turnovers while the coverage does their job at a high level.
There are lots to like out of this Chippewas defense but the offense is also improving as they’re averaging over 30 points per game and 442.8 yards per game. Quarterback Daniel Richardson has thrown for 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions all year. Every game he’s getting more and more confident, as a freshman, for this Central Michigan team.
I’ll trust that Central can get a couple of stops against this unreal Kent State offense. Give me Central Michigan laying the 2.5 for our second NCAAF pick.
NCAAF Pick: Central Michigan -2.5 (-110) at BetOnline
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