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Northern Illinois vs Ball State College Football Picks

by Steve Hastings on Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Northern Illinois vs Ball State College Football Picks: The Huskies are (5-3) on a three game winning streak now after a win over Bowling Green 16-13 at home. Chandler Harnish rushed 19 times for 116 yards to become the first Huskie quarterback with 100 or more rushing yards since 1990. Chandler was 5/12 for just 45 yards and 2 INT's. Harnish is going to need to throw the ball a lot better against Ball State then he did against Bowling Green (granted that was in a windstorm). The sports odds posted by the oddsmakers at  Sbgglobal.com currently list Ball State -9.5 favorites to Northern Illinois heading into this matchup.

Active Image"It's going to be a challenge for us, but we are looking forward to it. You always want to go play someone that you respect," said first-year Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill, who inherited a team that went 2-10 in 2007. "I look for us to respond well when we go play Ball State. We will get their best, and hopefully we raise our level and match theirs and have a good football game." 

The Cardinals are (8-0) and ranked #17 in the AP Poll coming into this game. They received 594 votes – 52 more votes than last week – to move ahead of Brigham Young University and Florida State University. They blew out Eastern Michigan 38-16 in their last game. Nate Davis caught the first touchdown pass of his career and threw two more as the Cardinals as they continued their best start in 43 years. Ball State held the Eagles to 67 yards rushing and had two interceptions. The online sports betting odds at Sbgglobal.com has the OVER/UNDER in this Northern Illinois vs Ball State game is set at 47.5 points.  

College Football Picks: NIU needs to be just effective enough through the air to prevent BSU from stacking the box against the run. NIU is no stranger to big games, don't think they're going to be intimidated by the atmosphere. Ball State is like butter…they are on a ROLL! With the extra time off, the Cards hopefully will use that time to stay in the film room and watch their last game to seek out ways to improve their performance. Ball State still has a little bit of trouble but walks off the field at HOME a winner. Under is 9-0-1 in Huskies last 10 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game. Under is 6-0 in Cardinals last 6 games following a bye week.

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