The Chippewas will look to move to 2-0 on the season and in conference play as they head to Huskie Stadium in Dekalb. Central Michigan defeated Ohio 30-27 in the opener.
Northern Illinois lost to Buffalo 49-30. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the game was not nearly as close as the score indicated as they scored two late touchdowns in garbage time to close the gap.
Central Michigan Betting Preview: Looking to Repeat Last Season
The Chippewas will be looking for a similar performance to last season when they blew out the Huskies 48-10 at home. Kobe Lewis carried the ball 17 times for 143 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Expect a heavy dose of Lewis again in this matchup.
Freshman quarterback Daniel Richardson looked comfortable in his debut, completing 24-of-41 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown. Kalil Pimpleton was his favorite target with five catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Lewis was impressive against Ohio with 112 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns. Combined, Central Michigan put up 427 yards of total offense.
Defensively the Chippewas were impressive, limiting Ohio to only 345 yards of total offense. The run defense was great, limiting the Bobcats to only 110 yards on the ground.
Northern Illinois Betting Preview: Fighting to Compete
Quarterback Ross Bowers will be looking for a better performance than he put up last year against Central Michigan. Bower threw three interceptions in last year’s blowout loss.
Bowers threw for 202 yards completing 17-of-28 passes with a touchdown and an interception against Buffalo. A lot of the yards came in the second half as the Huskies dug themselves a 49-16 hole. Tyrice Richie was Northern Illinois’ top receiver with nine catches for 106 yards.
Harrison Waylee carried the ball 13 times for 66 yards to lead the Huskies. Altogether, Northern Illinois ran the ball for 152 yards. It could be tough sledding this week against a Chippewas run defense that surrendered only 110 yards last week.
The Huskies run defense did not get a favor from the schedulers as they will face Jaret Patterson and now Lewis in the first two weeks of the season. Arguably, Patterson and Lewis are the top two running backs in the conference. Expect Northern Illinois to stuff the box and make the freshman quarterback beat them through the air.
Chippewas at Huskies Betting Odds & Lines
Mybookie has Central Michigan as 7.5-point favorites. The total is set at 57.5 points.
Free Betting Pick
Central Michigan won the MAC-West last season and should compete again. This Northern Illinois team is expected to finish at the bottom of the conference as they are among the youngest teams in the nation.
The Chippewas offense should be able to put up points at ease against this Huskies defense. Expect another big game from Lewis as the Chippewas get out to a 2-0 start as they cover in this one.
Central Michigan 37, Northern Illinois 23
Spooky Express Free Pick: Central Michigan -7.5