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NIU Huskies vs Central Michigan Chippewas – NCAA Football Preview & Predictions (Oct. 31st, 2023)

Kelly/Shorts Stadium is the location where the Central Michigan Chippewas (4-4) will go up against the NIU Huskies (4-4) on Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

Betting Preview

  • Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
  • Location: Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, MI
  • Odds/Point Spread: Chippewas (+1)
  • Total/Over-Under: 47.5

Odds source: MyBookie Sportsbook

Kelly/Shorts Stadium is the location where the Central Michigan Chippewas (4-4) will go up against the NIU Huskies (4-4) on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. NIU opens as 1-point favorites. The betting total is set at 47.5.

The NIU Huskies step onto the field holding a record of 4-4 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Huskies took the field against the Eastern Michigan Eagles and went home with a win by a final score of 20-13. Gavin Williams was the rushing leader for the Huskies with 7 totes for 80 yds (11.4 yds per attempt). Rocky Lombardi went 21/33 with 173 yards passing. He had a QB rating of 107.7 and finished the game without throwing a pick. On the ground, the Huskies conceded 89 yds on 33 tries, which is an average of 2.7 yards per rush surrendered. NIU conceded 14 completions on 26 tries for a total of 151 yards, and a completion percentage of 53.8%. For the game, they ran 65 plays for 289 yds. The NIU Huskies rushed the ball a total of 31 times and accounted for 116 yards, earning them an average of 3.7 yards per attempt.

The Huskies have earned 2,748 yards in total for the year. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, NIU has compiled 9 touchdowns via the pass and 14 touchdowns via the ground. They have surrendered the football 9 different times. NIU has earned 141 1st downs as an offense, and they have been called for 39 infractions for 353 yds. As a unit they hold an average of 154.3 yards in the run game which has them sitting 69th in the country. Regarding scoring points, the NIU Huskies are averaging 24.3 PPG.

The Huskies are ranked 42nd in D-1 regarding team defense, conceding 21.3 PPG. They are giving up 4.1 yards per rushing attempt and 146.8 rushing yards per game for the season. For the year, they have allowed 1,174 yards via the running game in 8 games. In terms of passing yardage, the Huskies have given up 1,309 yards which puts them in 5th in the country. They are giving up 163.6 yards per contest through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 56.8%. Overall, they have relinquished 310.4 yards/game putting them at 19th in college football. They have yielded 7 touchdowns by air and 14 touchdowns pounding the rock.

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The Chippewas come into this matchup with a record of 4-4 for this season. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Chippewas took a loss by a final score of 24-17 when they played the Ball State Cardinals. Marion Lukes carried the rock 18 times for 58 yards, finishing the contest with 3.2 yards per carry for Central Michigan. Jase Bauer (1 TD) walked away from the game with 161 yards on 19/31 through the air while his quarterback rating was 115.6. He didn’t toss any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 5.2. Central Michigan conceded 46 running attempts for 243 yards (5.3 yds per carry). The Chippewas pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 81.3%, surrendering 101 yards on 13 for 16 through the air. The Chippewas finished the game with 260 yds and they ran 66 plays (3.9 yards per play). Central Michigan rushed for 2.8 yards per attempt, finishing with 99 yards on 35 attempts.

Concerning how much they score, the Chippewas are sitting 105th in Division 1 maintaining an average of 22.0 points per contest. The Central Michigan Chippewas maintain an average of 326.4 yards per game, which has them sitting 108th in D-1. The Central Michigan offense has 440 yds of penalties on 49 infractions, which is 60th in Division 1 in terms of helping out the opposition. They have tossed 9 picks while letting opponents recover 1 fumbles and they have been able to earn 157 first downs. For the season so far, the Chippewas have thrown for a total of 1,507 passing yards as well as holding an average of 188.4 passing yards per game, putting them at 111th in D-1. They average 138.0 yards per game via the rush and have rushed for 1,104 yards for the season.

The Chippewas are relinquishing 29.8 PPG, which has them sitting 100th in the nation. Central Michigan has conceded a total of 1,150 rushing yards (143.8 yards per outing) in addition to 15 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the year. Overall, they have surrendered 238 total points. They have surrendered 13 touchdowns through the air as well as 251.3 yards per contest, which has them in 109th in college football. The Chippewas defense has taken part in 501 plays, which is 25th in Division 1. They have earned 1 fumbles and 3 picks for the season.

The Pick: NIU Huskies -1

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

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