College Football Week 7 Picks: Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Northern Illinois Huskies

Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Northern Illinois Huskies
Saturday, 10/11/14, 5:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Northern Illinois -10.5
Current Betting Line:  Northern Illinois -9.5
Opening Total:  52.5
Current Total:  57
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Northern Illinois Huskies have won 29 consecutive home games
The Northern Illinois Huskies have won 29 consecutive home games

Central Michigan is preparing for a key Mid-American Conference West Division clash, as it looks to build off a 28-10 victory over the Ohio Bobcats as 3.5-point home favorites last week, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four contests.  The Chippewas have been getting after it on the defensive side of the ball, as they rank second in the conference in surrendering just 357.5 yards per game, which can’t be ignored when making your Week 7 college football betting picks.  Central Michigan is 5-13 SU and 6-12 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 10-6 in that situation.

The Chippewas own a 25-23-1 advantage in this all-time series, which is important to consider when looking over the college football odds page, as that includes a 9-14-1 mark when playing in Dekalb.  Central Michigan is capable of moving the football behind an offensive line that has made a total of 112 combined starts—using the same five players in each game to this point.  The group has allowed the squad to rush for 181.0 yards per game on average in its three wins to this point.

Northern Illinois is set to celebrate its Homecoming in hopes of extending its winning streak to 29 games at Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium, while it has also captured its last 24 MAC regular season games dating back to Oct. 8, 2011.  The Huskies’ 50 wins since 2010 ranks second among all FBS teams behind only the Oregon Ducks, which includes a 16-4 mark under head coach Rod Carey since he took over the program in the 2013 Orange Bowl.  Northern Illinois is 4-1 SU and 2-3 ATS as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Huskies have won 38 of their last 39 games when allowing 24 or fewer points, while they should have success running the ball as well in this matchup—returning four starters on the offensive line who have combined for 126 starts over the last three seasons.

Sports bettors will likely back the Chippewas due to their 5-3 SUATS record in October the last two-plus seasons.

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