The MAC Championship will be on the line this Friday night, November 30 when Northern Illinois and Kent State collide on the field in a conference battle between two schools attempting to claim an automatic bowl bid.
Kick off is set to go at 7:00 PM EST
and will air live on national television with broadcast coverage provided by
The early line on the College Football odds boards has Northern Illinois listed as a -6 road favorite, while the total
is coming in at 58 points.
Northern Illinois and Kent State both
went undefeated in the MAC this year, with a perfect 8-0 record – overall both
are 11-1 on the season.
Now, these two teams will square off
against each other this Friday night, but winning the MAC championship game is
just part of the accomplishment.
Kent State and Northern Illinois are
ranked 17th and 21st in the country, but typically to receive an
automatic bowl bid a champion from a mid-major conference must be ranked 16th
However, because no one from the Big
East is in the BCS rankings, the door is wide-open and the winner between Kent
State and Northern Illinois could get the automatic bowl bid instead.
Northern Illinois puts up about 40
points a game, which ranks 12th best in the nation. They are good
for over 480 yards of offense each game, with 245 coming from their ground
Kent State ranks 35th in
the country in scoring, with 34 points per contest, while their defense
surrenders almost 23 points a game.
Both teams have faired extremely well
against the spread, with the slight advantage going to Kent State (10-2 ATS)
compared to 9-3 by Northern Illinois.
Here is a look at more College Football betting trends
for this game:
Northern Illinois is 7-3 against the
spread in their last ten games played in the month of November and 4-1 ATS in
their last five versus a team with a winning record.
Kent State is 7-1 ATS in their last 8
conference games and 14-3 in their last 17 games overall. They are also 8-1
against the spread in their last nine games following a straight up win.
When making your sports picks, don't be fooled by the fact that Northern Illinois is a perfect 5-0 against the spread in the
last five meetings with Kent State, as they won’t make it six straight. Kent State +6 is the right play to make in this game.
College Football Picks:
Kent State +6