Ball State vs. Northern Illinois: Best Odds and College Football Preview for 11/10/2021


By Dan Watson | November 7, 2021, 4:38 pm

The Ball State Cardinals (5-4, 0-0 MAC) and Northern Illinois Huskies (6-3, 0-0 MAC) will face off in a matchup of two conference rivals. The Cardinals are slight favorites (-2.5). The game has an over/under of 62 points.

Welcome to the BestOdds betting breakdown where we use data from our industry leading partner, Sportradar, to identify performance trends in order to analyze teams’ chances in the upcoming game.

Ball State stats and betting info

Betting trends for Ball State

  • So far this season, Ball State has put together a 3-5-0 record against the spread.
  • The Cardinals have not yet covered the spread as favorites of 2.5 points or more this season (0-2).
  • Three of Ball State’s eight games with a set total have hit the over (37.5%).
  • Ball State and its opponents have combined to hit the over on Wednesday’s total of 62 points just twice this season.
  • On average, the over/under in Cardinals games is 7.1 points fewer than the over/under of 62 points in this contest.
  • The Cardinals rack up 105.0 fewer yards per game (344.4), than the Huskies give up per contest (449.4).
  • This year, the Cardinals have turned the ball over nine times, three more than the Huskies’ takeaways (6).
Stat Average (Total) Rank
Pass yards 214.9 (1934) 87
Rush yards 129.6 (1166) 100
Points scored 25.2 (227) 87
Pass yards against 246.7 (2220) 94
Rush yards against 154.4 (1390) 71
Points allowed 27.6 (248) 75

Key players for Ball State

  • Drew Plitt has thrown for 1,776 yards (197.3 ypg) to lead Ball State, completing 63.2% of his passes and recording 14 touchdown passes and four interceptions this season. He’s also figured in the ground game with 103 rushing yards (11.4 ypg) on 59 carries.
  • Carson Steele has carried the ball 111 times for a team-high 582 yards (64.7 per game), with five touchdowns this year.
  • Justin Hall’s 579 receiving yards (64.3 yards per game) lead the team. He has 56 receptions with five touchdowns.
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Northern Illinois stats and betting info

Betting trends for Northern Illinois

  • So far this year, Northern Illinois has put together a 5-3-1 record against the spread.
  • In games this season in which they were an underdog by 2.5 points or more, the Huskies have a 3-2-1 record against the spread.
  • The teams have hit the over in five of Northern Illinois’ nine games with a set total .
  • Four of Northern Illinois’ games finished with a combined score higher than 62 points this season.
  • Huskies games have an over/under of 56.1 points this season, 5.9 points fewer than the total points bet for this contest.
  • The Huskies collect 23.5 more yards per game (424.6) than the Cardinals allow per contest (401.1).
  • Northern Illinois is 2-2 overall when the team piles up more than 401.1 yards.
  • The Huskies have 11 turnovers this season, equal to the number of takeaways for the Cardinals.
Stat Average (Total) Rank
Pass yards 203.1 (1828) 95
Rush yards 221.4 (1993) 15
Points scored 31.7 (285) 42
Pass yards against 244.4 (2200) 88
Rush yards against 205.0 (1845) 118
Points allowed 33.8 (304) 112

Key players for Northern Illinois

  • Rocky Lombardi has thrown for 1,825 yards (202.8 ypg) to lead Northern Illinois, completing 57.6% of his passes and tossing 12 touchdown passes and six interceptions this season. He’s also figured in the ground game with 345 rushing yards (38.3 ypg) on 64 carries with five rushing touchdowns.
  • Jevyon Ducker’s team-high 579 rushing yards (64.3 per game) have come on 107 carries, with two touchdowns this year.
  • Trayvon Rudolph’s 639 receiving yards (71.0 yards per game) lead all receivers on the team. He’s totaled 32 receptions and seven touchdowns.

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