The Central Michigan Chippewas (5-4) host the Northern Illinois Huskies (3-5) this weekend for a MAC West showdown in Mount Pleasant. Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM EST on November 2nd at Kelly Shorts Stadium and the game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
Taking a look at the Week 10 college football odds, Central Michigan opened as a slim 1.5-point home underdog earlier this week. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as the Chippewas are currently available at +1.5. The total for the game is sitting at 51.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Central Michigan vs NIU
Northern Illinois has now won two out of their last three games overall after crushing Akron 49-0 at home last weekend to improve to 3-5 on the season overall. The Huskies scored 21 unanswered points in the first half and cruised to victory from there, putting the game out of reach well before the start of the fourth quarter. QB Marcus Childers went 7/9 for 79 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air while also rushing for 36 yards on the ground as well. RB Tre Harbison torched the Zips out of the backfield for 158 rushing yards and two scores on a game-high 31 carries. Mitchell Brinkman led the way for the receiving corps, finding the end zone on one of his two catches for 36 yards. As a whole, Northern Illinois gained almost 400 total yards and scored five touchdowns on offense in the blowout win.
The Huskies obviously had a fantastic outing on the other side of the ball against Akron, as they completely shutout the Zips offense and surrendered just 164 total yards. NIU was especially strong defending against the pass, giving up only 51 yards through the air and recording two interceptions.
Central Michigan couldn’t find a way to win their fourth consecutive game last weekend, falling 43-20 on the road against Buffalo to drop to 5-4 on the season overall. The Chippewas took a 7-3 lead right out of the gate but completely collapsed in the second quarter, giving up 27 points en route to a double-digit loss. QB Quinten Dormady went 25/37 for 272 yards and two touchdowns but also got picked off twice. RB Jonathan Ward led the way on the ground, rushing for 64 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. The receiving duo of JaCorey Sullivan and Kalil Pimpleton ran circles around the Bulls secondary, combining for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, Central Michigan generated just under 350 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns despite coming up well short on the scoreboard.
The Chippewas were brutal defensively against Buffalo, surrendering just under 400 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. Central Michigan had no answer for Bulls WR Antonio Nunn, as he scored two touchdowns and racked up 77 receiving yards on only five catches.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Central Michigan +1.5
There doesn’t appear to be all that much separating these two MAC West rivals, as this matchup easily could go either way on Saturday afternoon. However, I’m probably leaning just slightly towards Central Michigan here in Week 10 – especially playing at home where they have gone a perfect 4-0 against the spread so far this season. While this game will likely be decided in the final few minutes of the fourth quarter, I really don’t feel all that great about laying any points in order to take an NIU squad that is a brutal 1-5 against the spread in their last six meetings with the Chippewas on the road. The Huskies have also lost three out of their last four road games outright, which certainly doesn’t bode all that well for them heading into an always-rowdy Kelly Shorts Stadium.
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Northern Illinois is just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall. They have also lost four out of their last five meetings with Central Michigan straight up. On the other side, the Chippewas have covered the number in five straight meetings with the Huskies. Central Michigan is also a rock-solid 5-1-1 against the spread over their last seven games overall. I’m going to roll with the slight home underdog in this MAC West battle, as I think Central Michigan will win this game outright – the extra point and a half is just a bonus.