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Tuesday Night College Football Ball State at Northern Illinois State Time, Free Pick

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Tuesday night college football will see another big game in the MAC as Ball State travels to take on Northern Illinois. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. kickoff and it will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The Huskies are favored by nearly three touchdowns in this contest (-20) with the total being set at 72.5. This game has major MAC ramifications as Ball State sits just one game behind Northern Illinois in the loss column. Both have been playing much better football in conference action and bowl are looking to get into a bowl.

Free Analysis: The MAC weekday games have been nuts with scoring aplenty the past few weeks. It seems as if every game has soared over the total during the week. The MAC is one of those conferences where playing in the middle of the week gets them on national television, which is good for exposure. It's also a weird situation as teams are preparing for big games at often strange times and days. Northern Illinois enters tonight's contest winners of five straight conference games, the last three coming on the road. They've proven to be extremely powerful on the offense side of the ball, ranking in the Top 10 nationally in passing yards per game and in scoring at nearly 42 points per game. QB Chandler Harnish and the Northern Illinois offense can move the football. In their last two home games in conference Northern Illinois is averaging more than 45 points a game. Ball State, on the other hand, isn't really that good at anything, even with a 4-2 record in the MAC and a 6-4 overall record. They will be coming off a bye week and haven't played since November 5, when they beat Eastern Michigan 33-31. This contest will be the final road game of the year for the Cardinals, who split their last two. It's also the third straight road conference game. That can be very taxing, especially at this time of the year. Sophomore quarterback Keith Wenning has been winging it around the yard, but he's got his work cut out for him tonight against a pretty underrated Northern Illinois defense. The Husky offense is getting most of the headlines and accolades because of all the points being scored, but their defense could be the biggest difference in tonight's game.

Free Pick: I like the UNDER in this game, especially if I can get 73 or so. There just seems to be no way that each one of these MAC games can continue to be pushed well over the total. I think the three touchdown advantage for Northern Illinois is probably an OK way to go as well, but I just don't see this total getting there, especially with a Ball State team that only averages 24 points per game. Are we then to believe that Northern Illinois is really going to score 50 again? I don't see it. Take the UNDER.

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