NIU Huskies vs Central Michigan Chippewas Prediction, 10/23/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NIU Huskies vs Central Michigan Chippewas
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Chippewas (-4)
The Central Michigan Chippewas (4-3) host the NIU Huskies (5-2) at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Saturday. Central Michigan opens this contest as 4-point favorites. The over/under is set at 59.
The NIU Huskies head into this game 5-2 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Huskies faced off with the Bowling Green Falcons and went home with a win by a final score of 34-26. Jevyon Ducker was the rushing leader for the Huskies with 33 carries for 210 yds (6.4 yds per attempt). Rocky Lombardi connected on 4/8 with 38 yards passing and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 131.2 and finished the game without throwing an interception. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Huskies gave up 161 yards on 28 tries, which calculates to 5.8 yards per run surrendered. NIU allowed 16 pass completions on 41 attempts for a total of 235 yds, and a completion rate of 39.0%. At the end of the game, they had 67 plays which gave them a total of 357 yards. The NIU Huskies ran the ball 59 times and tallied 319 yds, which earned them an average of 5.4 yards per tote.
When talking about putting the ball in the endzone, the NIU Huskies have an average of 28.4 PPG. As a team they're maintaining an average of 238.0 yards in the run game ranking this team at 11th in Division 1. The Huskies have tallied 2,639 total yards over the course of this season. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, NIU has amassed 6 touchdowns through the air and 15 rushing touchdowns. NIU has 147 first downs as a team, and they have been called for 43 penalties for 377 yds. They have turned the ball over 10 times.
Concerning passing yards, the Huskies are allowing 1,567 yards which has them ranked 102nd in college football. They are allowing 223.9 yards per game via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 55.3%. During this campaign, they are allowing 409.0 yards per contest which has them sitting 101st in D-1. They have allowed 9 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 18 touchdowns via the ground game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.2 yards per rushing attempt and 185.1 rushing yards per contest so far this year. In total, they have allowed 1,296 yards via the running game in 7 games. The Huskies rank 109th in D-1 when it comes to their opponents scoring, allowing 30.6 points per contest.
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The Chippewas step onto the field holding a record of 4-3 for this season. When they last stepped on the field, the Chippewas got the victory with a final of 26-23 when they played the Toledo Rockets. Daniel Richardson (2 TDs) ended the game with 172 yds on 20/34 through the air while his QB rating was 120.7. He didn't throw any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 5.1. Lew Nichols carried the football 29 times for 134 yards, finishing the contest with 4.6 yds per carry for Central Michigan. Central Michigan ran the football for 3.7 yards per carry, finishing the contest with 128 yards on 35 carries. The Chippewas finished the game with 332 yards and they ran 70 plays (4.7 yds per play). The Chippewas secondary conceded a completion percentage of 46.9%, surrendering 208 yds on 15 out of 32 through the air. Central Michigan gave up 44 attempts on the ground for 142 yards (3.2 yards per rush).
The Central Michigan Chippewas are averaging 442.3 yards per contest, ranking them 36th in college football. The Central Michigan offense has totaled 403 yds of penalties on 43 infractions, which ranks 48th in the nation in terms of giving up free yards. For the season so far, the Chippewas have racked up 1,993 yards via the pass together with holding an average of 284.7 passing yards per game, giving them a rank of 23rd in Division 1. Concerning this team's ability to score points, the Chippewas rank 74th in Division 1 holding an average of 27.7 PPG.
Central Michigan has conceded a total of 918 yards rushing (131.1 yards per contest) in addition to 9 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the season. They have allowed the opposition 13 touchdowns through the air in addition to 259.0 yards/contest, which puts them in 116th in D-1. The Chippewas defense has been on the field for 456 plays, which is good for 94th in the country. The Chippewas are conceding 26.9 points per game, ranking them 89th in the country. This year, they have conceded 188 points.
Who will win tonight's Huskies/Chippewas college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Chippewas -4
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