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How and what to watch for Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois

Central Michigan and Northern Illinois will wrap up the second week of MACtion on Wednesday night.

Eastern Michigan Eagles head coach Chris Creighton, center, looks at the scoreboard during the Quick Lane Bowl game between the Pitt Panthers and the Eastern Michigan Eagles on December 26, 2019 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Central Michigan Chippewas will look to remain unbeaten, while the Northern Illinois Huskies will look for their first win of 2020 on Wednesday night.

CMU picked up a 30-27 home victory over Ohio last Wednesday, with Marshall Meeder’s 22-yard field goal gave the Chippewas the lead for good in the fourth quarter. Daniel Richardson threw for 243 yards and a touchdown, completing 23 of 41 passes. Kobe Lewis rushed for 112 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns. Wide receiver Kalil Pimpleton led the team with 65 yards on five receptions with a touchdown.

Northern Illinois turned the ball over five times in a 49-30 home loss to Buffalo. The Huskies fumbled the ball four times in this game with one interception. Ross Bowers completed 17 of 28 passes for 202 yards with a touchdown an interception. He connected with Tyrice Richie nine times for 106 yards. Harrison Waylee carried the ball 13 times for 66 yards.

Central Michigan won the last game of this series 48-10 at home in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois on Wednesday, November 11th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Central Michigan (-7.5) vs. Northern Illinois
Point Total: 57.5
Money line: Central Michigan -265 vs. Northern Illinois +210

  • Central Michigan is 7-3 against the spread in its last 10 games.
  • The point total went over eight times in Central Michigan’s last 10 games.
  • Northern Illinois is 0-6 against the spread in its last six games against Central Michigan.
  • The point total went over seven times in Northern Illinois’ last eight games.

Betting splits

Central Michigan: (77% of handle, 40% percent of bets)
Northern Illinois: (23% of handle, 60% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Despite losing by 19 Northern Illinois was able to move the ball against Buffalo, outgaining the Bulls 397-357 and dominated time of possession with 37:11. Obviously five turnovers make it pretty difficult to win, but that will unlikely happen again in the second game of the season for the Huskies. Northern Illinois could pull off an upset in this one, so let’s take the Huskies getting more than a touchdown head start.

Pick: Northern Illinois +7.5

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