Wednesday MACtion Betting Odds And Preview: Division Leaders Priced As Underdogs

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Can’t wait until the weekend to bet on college football? The MAC has you covered Wednesday night with a three-game slate that could shake up the conference standings. Northern Illinois and Kent State lead their respective divisions, but both are underdogs. Meanwhile, Bowling Green is a 10-point dog on oddsboards to visiting Toledo.

Ball State (5-4 SU, 3-6 ATS) vs. Northern Illinois (6-3 SU, 5-3-1 ATS)

The Huskies have one of the best rushing games in the country (No. 14 with 221.2 yards/game) and the second-best in the MAC. However, their defense is one of the worst in the MAC, forcing them to rely on their run game to keep the unit off the field. But last week’s game against Kent State did not play out that way.

Northern Illinois’ offense generated well over 600 yards of offense, 532 yards from the passing game. The defense gave up close to 700 yards of total offense to Kent State. The Golden Flashes went on to hand the Huskies their first conference loss, 52-47.

Ball State does not have the kind of offense that can generate close to 700 yards. Drew Plitt is a solid quarterback capable of taking advantage of Northern Illinois’s weak pass defense. As for the run game, while inconsistent throughout the season, it has shown signs of life in recent weeks.

The Ball State defense will have its hands full against Northern Illinois. But if the Cardinals can force some turnovers, the defense could give the offense the breaks it needs.

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Ball State vs. Northern Illinois Betting Analysis

Ball State is the defending MAC champion and has beaten Northern Illinois the last two years. While the Cardinals offense will have a productive day against the Northern Illinois defense, the Huskies offense will be just as effective against Ball State’s defense.

This will likely be a high-scoring game where the winner could very well be whoever has the ball last.

Toledo (4-5 SU, 5-4 ATS) vs. Bowling Green Falcons 3-6 SU, 7-2 ATS)

Do not make the mistake of judging Toledo by its record. Four of the Rockets’ five losses have been by a field goal or less, including their Week 2 game against Notre Dame. The Rockets have a balanced offense, and the defense ranks No. 1 in the conference in scoring and second in total defense.

However, while its pass defense ranks third, Eastern Michigan threw for 360 yards against the Rockets last week. If the Bowling Green team that generated 56 points and 499 yards of total offense can show up against Toledo, the Rockets could be in trouble.

But if Toledo can limit Bowling Green’s big plays and dominate on third downs, it should be a relatively easy win for Toledo.

Kent State (5-4 SU, 4-5 ATS) vs. Central Michigan(5-4 SU, 4-5 ATS)

The Golden Flashes have the 12th-ranked offenses in the country this season, racking up 476.1 yards per game, led by a run game that accounts for 235.6 of them. The Kent State passing attack has come up big in a few games as well. Crum threw for 322 yards last week against Northern Illinois. Earlier this season, he had a 407-yard game against Buffalo and 308 yards against Maryland.

But the Golden Flashes defense is ineffective, giving up close to 500 yards and 35 points a game, and the Central Michigan offense is good enough to exploit it. The Chippewas offense is not as potent as Kent State’s. But with how the Golden Flashes have struggled against the pass, it is not hard to imagine Daniel Richardson having his second 300+ yard game of the season.

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