Ball State Cardinals vs NIU Huskies Prediction, 11/10/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ball State Cardinals vs NIU Huskies
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Location: Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Huskies (+1)
Huskie Stadium is the location where the NIU Huskies (6-3) will attempt to beat the Ball State Cardinals (5-4) on Wednesday. NIU opens this contest as 1-point dogs. The total has been set at 62.
The Ball State Cardinals step onto the field holding a record of 5-4 for this season. In their last game, the Cardinals played against the Akron Zips and walked away with a win by a score of 31-25. Carson Steele was the leader on the ground for the Cardinals with 27 carries for 154 yards (5.7 yds per carry). Drew Plitt connected on 18/31 with 185 yds through the air and 3 TDs. He had a QB rating of 140.1 and walked away from the game without throwing an interception. When it came to stopping the run, the Cardinals conceded 127 yards on 30 attempts, which is an average of 4.2 yards per rush surrendered. Ball State conceded 24 completions on 32 attempts for a total of 331 yards, and a completion percentage of 75.0%. At the end of the game, they tallied 73 plays which converted into 425 yds. The Ball State Cardinals ended up rushing 42 times and had 240 yards, which earned them an average of 5.7 yds per carry.
The Cardinals currently have 3,105 yards in total for this campaign. In terms of scoring, Ball State has compiled 14 passing touchdowns and 12 touchdowns via the ground. They have surrendered the football 9 different times. Ball State has accumulated 178 1st downs as a unit, and they have been called for 48 penalties for 401 yds. As a unit they average 130.1 yards rushing giving them a rank of 97th in college football. Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the Ball State Cardinals are averaging 25.2 PPG.
When it comes to yards through the air, the Cardinals are allowing 2,220 yards which has them sitting in 104th in the country. They have yielded 246.7 yards per outing via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 67.0%. Over the course of this season, they have surrendered 401.6 yards per outing which ranks them 95th in D-1. They have conceded 11 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 16 touchdowns on the ground. They are allowing an average of 3.9 yards per rushing attempt and 154.9 yards on the ground per game so far this year. During the season, they have allowed 1,394 rushing yards through 9 outings. The Cardinals are ranked 87th in the nation in terms of team defense, allowing 27.6 PPG.
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The Huskies head into this matchup 6-3 this year. When they last stepped on the field, the Huskies took a loss by a score of 52-47 when they faced the Kent State Golden Flashes. Rocky Lombardi (3 TDs) ended the contest with 532 yards on 33/57 passing while his quarterback rating was 153.7. He kept the ball away from the defense with no interceptions and his Y/A was 9.3. Jevyon Ducker carried the football 19 times for 101 yds, ending the game with 5.3 yds per attempt for NIU. NIU ran the ball for 3.4 yards per carry, finishing the contest with 131 yds on 39 attempts. The Huskies finished the game with 663 yards and they ran 96 plays (6.9 yards per play). The Huskies secondary conceded a completion rate of 66.7%, relinquishing 322 yds on 20 out of 30 passing. NIU allowed 45 rush attempts for 360 yards (8.0 yds per rush).
When it comes to their ability to score points, the Huskies are 43rd in D-1 averaging 31.7 points per outing. During this campaign so far, the Huskies have thrown for a total of 1,856 passing yards as well as holding an average of 206.2 passing yards per game, ranking them 92nd in college football. The NIU Huskies maintain an average of 427.7 yards per game, which ranks them 42nd in D-1. The NIU offense has totaled 484 penalty yards on 55 violations, which ranks 66th in the country in terms of helping out the other team.
NIU has allowed a total of 1,845 yards via the ground game (205.0 yards per contest) and 25 touchdowns via the rush this season. They have given up 14 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 244.4 yards per outing, which has them ranked 103rd in the nation. The Huskies defense has taken part in 599 plays, which ranks 62nd in the nation. The Huskies are conceding 33.8 points per game, which has them ranked 124th in D-1. Overall, they have allowed 304 pts.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Huskies college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Huskies +1
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