The Northern Illinois Huskies seek their first home win since the season opener when they host the Miami (OH) RedHawks in a MACtion matchup on Wednesday. Northern Illinois (3-7, 2-4 MAC) began the campaign with a home triumph over Eastern Illinois but lost its next three contests at Huskie Stadium, where it has gone 40-11 in conference games since 2009. The Huskies have lost their last two meetings with Miami (OH) (4-6, 2-4), which has a 10-9 lead in the all-time series.
Kickoff at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill. is set for 7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. The Huskies are 1-point favorites in the latest Northern Illinois vs. Miami (OH) odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 44.5. Before making any Miami (OH) vs. Northern Illinois picks, you need to see the college football predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Northern Illinois vs. Miami (OH) and just locked in its picks and MACtion predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college football odds and betting lines for Miami (OH) vs. Northern Illinois:
- Northern Illinois vs. Miami spread: Huskies -1
- Northern Illinois vs. Miami over/under: 44.5 points
- Northern Illinois vs. Miami money line: Huskies -115, RedHawks -105
- NIU: The Huskies are 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games
- MIA: The RedHawks are 7-1 ATS in their last eight meetings with the Huskies
- Northern Illinois vs Miami picks: See picks here
Why Northern Illinois can cover
The Huskies recorded a season-high 11 tackles for loss in last week's 24-21 victory at Western Michigan, with defensive end Ray Thomas notching four. The sophomore is the first member of the team to have four tackles for loss in a contest since Sutton Smith had five against the Broncos in 2018. Northern Illinois also matched its sack total from that meeting by recording six, with senior defensive end Michael Kennedy posting one to give him a team-leading 5.5 on the season.
With their top two running backs unavailable, the Huskies received a huge performance from Jaiden Credle last Wednesday. Making his first career start, the freshman had 36 carries for 136 yards and a touchdown. Credle appeared in only three games prior to the win, gaining 28 yards on eight attempts.
Why Miami (Ohio) can cover
The RedHawks lost seven of eight meetings with the Huskies before posting victories in each of the last two matchups, including a 27-24 triumph in 2019 that gave them a 10-9 lead in the all-time series. Miami has lost three of its last four games, but received a solid effort from quarterback Brett Gabbert last week. The junior completed 20 of 26 pass attempts for 244 yards and three touchdowns in just his third start of the year.
The brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup signal-caller Blaine, Gabbert guided the RedHawks to the victory over Northern Illinois three years ago, throwing for 273 yards and a TD while leading the team in rushing with 42 yards on seven carries. All three of Gabbert's scoring passes last week went to senior wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer, who finished with eight catches for 107 yards.
How to make Northern Illinois vs. Miami (Ohio) picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 53 points. It also says one side of the spread hits in over 50% of simulations. You can only get the model's pick at SportsLine.
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