Saturday, October 1, 2016
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The Northern Illinois Huskies take on the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Scheumann Stadium. The opening line for this game has Ball State as 1 point favorites. This season the Huskies are 0-4-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 3-1-0. The Cardinals have an over/under record of 2-2-0 and they are 4-0-0 against the spread.
Anthony Maddie finished with 142 yards through the air for Northern Illinois last week. He completed 11 passes out of 17 attempts for a 65% completion percentage. The Huskies were led in rushing by Jordan Huff, who finished with 130 yards on 9 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 14 yards per carry. Kenny Golladay was the team leader in receiving with a total of 113 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 23 yards per reception. As a team in that game Northern Illinois got a total of 25 first downs. Of those first downs, 13 came on the ground while 9 came through the air. They ran 78 total plays for 552 yards for the game. The Huskies ran for 301 yards on 40 attempts.
Riley Neal finished with 252 yards passing for Ball State last week. He went 23 for 37, resulting in a 62% completion percentage. The Cardinals were led on the ground by Riley Neal, who finished with 74 yards on 14 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. Corey Lacanaria led the team in receiving with 62 yards and 5 catches. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. Ball State had 28 first downs total. 12 came from running the ball and 15 came from a pass. They ran 80 total plays for 488 yards for the contest. The Cardinals ran for 226 yards on 41 carries as a team.
Northern Illinois scores 25.5 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 90th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 22.3 passes on 37 attempts for a 60.1 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 240.5 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 61st in college football. The Huskies run for an average of 186.5 yards per game on 39.3 attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. That ranks them 55th in the nation. They also run 76.3 plays per contest and average 5.6 yards per play for an average of 427 yards per game, ranking their offense 66th overall this season. The Huskies average 21 first downs per game which ranks them 75th in the country. They accumulate 88 penalty yards per game via 8.5 penalties, which ranks 8th in the nation.
Northern Illinois allows 262.8 passing yards per game, ranking 102nd in D-1, and they allow 39.5 points per contest on defense, which ranks 115th. They give up 19 completions on 31 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 61.3. The Huskies allow 236.5 rushing yards per game on 46.5 carries for an average of 5.1 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 112th in the country. Northern Illinois allows 499.3 total yards per game including 6.4 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 121st in terms of yards per game. They force 0.5 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 9.3 penalties for 97.5 yards per game, ranking them 127th among D-1 teams.
Ball State averages 30.8 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 63rd in the country. In the passing department, they complete 20.5 passes per game on 34.3 attempts for a 59.9 percent completion percentage. They throw for 215.3 yards through the air per game, ranking them 80th in Division 1. The Cardinals run for an average of 221 yards per game on 46.3 attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 35th on the ground. They also run 80.5 plays per game and average 5.4 yards per play for a total of 436.3 yards per game, ranking them 62nd in the country on offense. The Cardinals get an average of 24 first downs per game, which ranks 36th in the nation. They average 26 penalty yards per game via 3.5 penalties, ranking them 126th in college football.
Ball State allows an average of 267.8 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 103rd in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 23 points per contest, which has them ranked 49th in the nation. They give up 21.8 completions on 35 attempts for a completion percentage of 62.1 per game. The Cardinals allow 97 rushing yards per contest on 33.3 carries for a 2.9 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 18th in the country. Ball State allows 364.8 total yards per game for an average of 5.3 yards per play, which ranks 46th in D-1. They force 1.5 turnovers per contest and 7.3 penalties for 67.3 yards in each contest, ranking 103rd in the nation.
Northern Illinois Betting Trends
Northern Illinois is 3-1-0 against the over/under this season
Northern Illinois has an ATS record of 0-4-0 this season
Ball State Betting Trends
Ball State is 2-2-0 against the over/under this season
Ball State has an ATS record of 4-0-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/25/16 CB Albert Smalls Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
09/25/16 CB Anthony Brooks Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
09/25/16 CB Shawun Lurry Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
09/15/16 QB Drew Hare Hamstring out indefinitely
08/27/16 S Jackson Abresch Ankle out indefinitely
09/25/16 CB Tyree Holder Shoulder "?" Saturday vs. No Illinois
08/29/16 OL Andrew Poenitsch Leg out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Ball State
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