College Football Odds – Ball State and Northern Illinois Collide with MAC West Championship on the Line
Written by North Shore Sports, INC
The Northern Illinois Huskies will attempt to take one step closer towards winning its division when they host the Ball State Cardinals in a crucial college football odds contest at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
The Northern Illinois Huskies (7-3, 5-5 ATS) will look to take a stranglehold of the MAC West Division on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 from Huskie Stadium where they’ll host the Ball State Cardinals (6-4, 6-4 ATS); kick-off for this crucial college football odds skirmish is set to go live on ESPNU at 8:00 ET.
NCAA Football Betting Odds
Ball State Cardinals (+19) -110
Northern Illinois Huskies (-19) -110
After winning a combined six games each of the last two seasons, not many gave Ball State a punchers chance of competing for top honors within the MAC West heading into its 2011 campaign. However, with 17 overall starters back in Pete Lembo’s first year at the helm of the program, the Cardinals destiny is shockingly held in their own hands with their final two games of the season at Northern Illinois and then back home against Toledo.
The Cardinals did themselves a major solid to get in this position their last time out at Eastern Michigan where they scored the 33-31 college football betting odds upset as short two-point underdogs. The win was the team’s fourth outright win when dogged to date and moved them to 3-3 SU & 4-2 ATS away from Muncie. Ball State’s been money in the bank for its betting backers going 30-11 its L/31 as visitors and an impressive 19-7 ATS the L/26 times it locked horns with a +.500 opponent on the road.
Northern Illinois won the MAC West a year ago amassing 10 wins throughout its regular season schedule, but shockingly went on to get upset in the MAC Championship Game against Miami (OH) who ripped the collective heart out of Huskies Nation as whopping 17.5-point underdogs. If recent form is any indicator, Head Coach Dave Doeren’s kids aren’t taking anyone lightly to close out the year evidenced by the pair of woodshed beatings they’ve handed each of their last two opponents.
After escaping Buffalo with a 31-30 win as lofty 14-point college football odds road favorites back in Week 8, the Huskies cruised to wins and covers in the final two games of the three-game road trip. Oddsmakers tagged Northern near 10-point underdogs in the Glass Bowl against Toledo, but the Huskies controlled the game throughout en route to the 63-60 upset victory. Then came last week’s stroll in the park against Bowling Green whom they dominated en route to the 45-14 triumph as six-point chalk. Northern Illinois is 5-1 SU in MAC play to date with only a surprising loss at Central Michigan keeping them from being perfect.
College Football Odds Prediction – Northern Illinois has held the upper hand in the series with Ball State coming out on top in seven of the L/10 overall meetings (5-5 ATS). Last year’s 59-21 win at Scheumann Stadium saw them easily topple the closing 15.5-point spread, and they’ll enter this spot a lucrative 7-1 ATS their L/8 home tussles. That said; Ball state has been a game underdog all season long while the Huskies have only managed a 5-11 record against the closing number against winning teams. With so much on the line here, look for this gridiron battle to be close throughout with the Cardinals being in a position to possibly pull the upset.
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