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Northern Illinois Huskies at Kent State Golden Flashes: Betting Guide

MAC weeknight games are back. While the Northern Illinois Huskies are having the better season, the Golden Flashes of Kent State are not short on weapons. Kent State is favored.

This is likely to be a fast-paced and entertaining game, so what’s the best way to go for college football picks?

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Game: Northern Illinois (6-2) at Kent State (4-4)

Location: Dix Stadium

Time: 7 p.m. ET (Wednesday)

Television: ESPN2

Betting Lines

Team Point Spread Moneyline Over/Under Team Total
Northern Illinois +3.5 +150 66.5 31½
Kent State -3.5 -175 66.5 35


The last meeting between these teams was in 2017 and Northern Illinois beat Kent State 24-3. Northern Illinois is 21-3 all-time against Kent State.

Northern Illinois Huskies

Next game: vs. Ball State

Last Game

Northern Illinois and Central Michigan played an absolute thriller with the Huskies prevailing over Central Michigan, 39-38. The Huskies rallied in the final minute of regulation to overcome the Chippewas.

Quarterback Rocky Lombardi threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns with true freshman Kanon Woodill kicking the game-winning field goal with under a minute left in regulation.

The Huskies put together one last stop on defense and came out the victor in a roller-coaster game.

The Huskies are 5-3 against the spread and 4-4 in over-unders for those who bet online.

Injury Report

The Huskies have three players listed as questionable and one player who is out indefinitely. Wide receiver Cole Tucker, running back Harrison Waley, and kicker John Richardson are questionable. Safety Devin Lafayette is out indefinitely with a leg injury sustained on Oct. 9.

Kent State Golden Flashes

Next game: at Central Michigan

Last Game

The Kent State Golden Flashes held off a late charge by Kurtis Rourke and the Bobcats of Ohio. Golden Flashes quarterback Dustin Crum led the way with a 26-of-31 performance for 257 yards and a score. He also led the team on the ground with 17 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown.

Dante Cephus was his favorite target, catching nine balls for 103 yards and a touchdown. The Golden Flashes controlled the game before Ohio made a late desperation rally, which fell short.

Kent State remained on top in the MAC East, while Northern Illinois is in first place in the MAC West, making this the big showdown in Week 10 and the first week of November.

The Golden Flashes are 3-5 against the NCAA odds and 2-6 in over-unders.

Injury Report

Kent State has a clean bill of health for this game.

Betting on the Game

It’s the MAC and games are usually high-scoring and wild. The biggest thing that needs repeating is that Northern Illinois is 21-3 all time against Kent State. However one might decide to bet, that’s worth remembering.

The Huskies do well when they’re the underdogs, and they are underdogs in this game. That’s tremendous value when looking at the historical results in this head-to-head series.

Northern Illinois averages 29.4 points per game and Kent State gives up over 33 points per game on defense. Northern Illinois and its opponents have cleared 66.5 (Wednesday’s O/U) in three of their eight games. Kent State has gone over the total in only two of their eight games.

Final Score: Northern Illinois 37, Kent State 22

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