NIU Huskies vs Ball State Cardinals Prediction, 11/18/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NIU Huskies vs Ball State Cardinals
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Location: Scheumann Stadium
TV: ESPN News
Odds/Point Spread: NIU (+10.5)
Drew Plitt and the Ball State Cardinals (1-1) host the NIU Huskies (0-2) at Scheumann Stadium on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. The odds on this contest have Ball State as 10.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 63.5.
In their last game, the NIU Huskies took the field against the Central Michigan Chippewas and went home in defeat by a score of 40-10. Erin Collins paced the team on the ground in this contest. His longest run of the day went for 20 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for a total of 43 yards on 15 carries which means he ran for an average of 2.9 yards per run. Tyrice Richie was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 70 yards on 7 receptions. He notched an average of 10.0 yards per reception in this contest. Ross Bowers went 16/32 with 139 yards by way of passing but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He finished the game without throwing an interception.
When it comes to putting the ball in the endzone, the NIU Huskies are averaging 20.0 points per game. As a unit they hold an average of 115.0 yards in the run game ranking this team at 110th in the country. The Huskies have earned 641 total yards this season. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, NIU has amassed 2 passing touchdowns and 3 rushing touchdowns. Regarding passing yards, the Huskies have conceded 374 yards which has them sitting in 22nd in the country. For the season, they have relinquished 395.0 yards/contest which ranks them 70th in Division 1. The Huskies are ranked 136th in college football concerning team defense, giving up 44.5 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5.5 yards per rushing attempt and 208.0 rushing yards per contest this year. Over the course of their 2 games played this year, they have given up 187.0 yards per outing through the air as well as conceding a completion percentage of 65.8%. Overall, they have given up 416 running yards through 2 games.
Ross Bowers has completed 479 of his career 825 tosses for a completion percentage of 58.1%. He is passing for 214.1 yds per contest. For his collegiate career, Bowers has passed for a total of 5,566 yds with 26 TD's and 21 picks. He has a quarterback rating of 120.0 with a touchdown percentage of 3.2% and an interception rate of 2.5%. Since his college career started, he has attempted running the football 102 times totaling -274 yds.
In their last outing, the Ball State Cardinals faced the Eastern Michigan Eagles and were on the winning end of this game by a score of 38-31. Drew Plitt went 22/31 with 232 yards by way of the pass and tossed 1 TD. He threw 1 interception on the day. Caleb Huntley led the team on the ground for that contest. He had a long run of 21 yards and he added 3 touchdowns for this outing. He racked up a total of 204 yards via 34 carries which meant he averaged 6.0 yards per run. Antwan Davis was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 69 yards on 7 catches. He averaged 9.9 yards per reception for that contest.
For the year to this point, the Cardinals have racked up 541 yards via the pass as well as an average of 270.5 passing yards per game, ranking them 32nd in D-1. The Ball State Cardinals average 507.0 yards per outing which ranks them 15th in D-1. They maintain an average of 236.5 yards per game via the rush and have run for 473 yards in total. In terms of their scoring prowess, the Cardinals are ranking 32nd in D-1 scoring 34.5 PPG. Ball State has allowed the opposition a total of 361 yards via the ground game (180.5 yards per contest) in addition to 5 touchdowns by way of the ground game so far this season. The Cardinals are conceding 34.5 points per contest, which has them sitting 105th in the nation. Over the course of the season, they have relinquished 69 points in total. They have allowed the opposition 4 touchdowns via the pass and 269.0 yards/game, ranking them 115th in college football.
Plitt has passed for 35 touchdowns compared to 20 interceptions in his collegiate career. His TD percentage is 5.4% and his interception rate is 3.1%. He has run for 240 yds on 179 attempts. He averages 188.3 yds per contest through the air with a 137.8 quarterback rating. In the 26 games in his career, Drew Plitt has completed 406 of his 648 attempts for 4,897 yds.
Who will win tonight's Huskies/Cardinals college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Huskies +10.5
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