Northern Illinois vs. Ball State - 10/5/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Illinois vs. Ball State
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 11:01 AM (Huskie Staidum )
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The Ball State Cardinals are set to visit Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois for a MAC clash against the Northern Illinois Huskies. The Ball State Cardinals come into this matchup with a 1-3 record, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping their recent road game against the NC State Wolfpack, 34-23. QB Drew Plitt struggled to get much going through the air for the Cardinals as he connected on 35 of his 57 pass attempts for 333 yards and an interception. Junior WR Justin Hall was the top target for Plitt and the Cardinals as he hauled in 8 catches for 73 yards.
The Ball State Cardinals struggled on the defensive side of the ball against the NC State Wolfpack as they allowed them to score 34 points and rack up a total of 371 yards of offense. Senior LB Jacob White led the way for the Ball State defense with 18 tackles and 1 TFL. The secondary had a productive game for the Cardinals as Bryce Cosby contributed 8 tackles and an interception while Ray Wilborn had 6 tackles and an interception.
The Northern Illinois Huskies come into this matchup with a 1-3 record, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping their recent road game against the Vanderbilt Commodores, 24-18. QB Ross Bowers had a solid game through the air for the Huskies as he threw for 280 yards and a TD. Senior WR Spencer Tears was the top target for Bowers and the Huskies as he racked up 100 receiving yards on 3 catches.
The Northern Illinois Huskies struggled on the defensive side of the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores as they allowed them to score 24 points and rack up a total of 373 yards of offense. Senior safety Mykelti Williams led the way for the Northern Illinois defense with 8 tackles. Junior DT Jack Heflin was able to get into the Vanderbilt backfield a handful of times as he contributed 1.5 TFL. The Huskies struggled to force a turnover against the Commodores which will need to be improved in conference play.
The Northern Illinois Huskies have dominated the number against the Ball State Cardinals this season as they have covered the spread in 7 consecutive meetings. The Ball State Cardinals look improved from past seasons, but the Huskies have been a consistent MAC contender. The Huskies may be 1-3 but they have played Utah, Nebraska, and Vanderbilt which shows the level of competition they have faced thus far. The Huskies have a solid QB under center in California transfer Ross Bowers and he should be able to connect with his top target in Spencer Tears as the Ball State defense has been underwhelming this season.