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NIU Huskies vs. Central Michigan Chippewas - 10/15/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Michigan Chippewas (4-2) at NIU Huskies (1-5)

College Football: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Huskie Stadium)

The Line: NIU Huskies +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Central Michigan Chippewas travel to Northern Illinois to take on the Huskies Saturday.

The Central Michigan Chippewas were sizeable favorites against Ball State but narrowly avoided the upset in a 24-21 victory in week six  as 12.5 point faves. The Chippewas seemed ready to explode with a 17-7 lead heading to the locker room but the offense stalled in the second half. CMU won the yardage battle 426-340 but the defense also intercepted a pair of throws and recorded a pick six. Chippewas quarterback Cooper Rush played well as he connected on 21-32 for 269 yards and a touchdown with Corey Willis leading the receiving corps with six receptions for 106 yards and a 15 yard TD. Devon Spalding gave the Chips some quality on the ground with 157 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown.

NIU Huskies vs. Central Michigan Chippewas - 10/15/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Illinois Huskies have been a MAC power for a long time but have struggled this season. The struggles continued in a 45-30 defeat at a very good Western Michigan in week six. The scoring was there for the Huskies but they were outgained 573-484 and turned the ball over twice. NIU quarterback Anthony Maddie threw for 324 yards on 14-30 for a touchdown and a pair of costly interceptions. Maddie also pace Northern Illinois on the ground with 111 yards and a trip to the endzone on 17 touches. Kenny Golladay led the receiving corps with 99 yards on five receptions but the bottom line is a few miscues against the Broncos is not going to beat them. 

The under is 4-0 in Central Michigan last 4 games in October and Central Michigan are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games while the under is 4-1 in Central Michigan last 5 games following a ATS loss. Northern Illinois are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October and Northern Illinois are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games while Northern Illinois are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The home team is 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 meetings and Central Michigan  are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Northern Illinois.

For now I’ll take the points and Northern Illinois and check the total when it’s released…

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Northern Illinois +4 // with the line drop to CMU -2.5 I prefer the Chippewas

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