MAC rivals meet when the Northern Illinois Huskies (4-4) visit the Central Michigan Chippewas (4-4) on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Northern Illinois is favored by 5.5 points. The contest has an over/under of 45.5 points.
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Huskies vs. Chippewas Game Info
- Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
- Time: 7:00 PM ET
- Channel: ESPNU
- Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
- City: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
- Venue: Kelly/Shorts Stadium
- The Huskies sport the 101st-ranked offense this season (344.3 yards per game), and they’ve been even more effective on the other side of the ball, ranking 19th-best with just 310.6 yards allowed per game.
- The Huskies are averaging 24.3 points per game offensively this year (91st in the FBS), and they are surrendering 21.3 points per game (42nd) on defense.
- Northern Illinois has struggled in the passing game, ranking 25th-worst in the FBS (189.3 passing yards per game) this season. However, the defense ranks sixth-best on the other side of the ball, allowing just 164.1 passing yards per game.
- The Huskies are totaling 155 rushing yards per game on offense this season (70th in the FBS), and they are giving up 146.5 rushing yards per game (72nd) on the defensive side of the ball.
- Northern Illinois is posting a 42% third-down percentage on offense, which ranks them 51st in the FBS. Defensively, the defense ranks 73rd, surrendering a 38.1% third-down conversion rate.
- The Huskies have forced 12 total turnovers (23rd in the FBS) this season and have turned it over nine times (56th in the FBS) for a turnover margin of +3, 34th-ranked in college football.
- Central Michigan is accumulating 327 total yards per contest on offense this season (108th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is surrendering 395.1 total yards per game (91st-ranked).
- From an offensive perspective, Central Michigan is compiling 22 points per contest (104th-ranked). It ranks 101st in the FBS on defense (29.8 points surrendered per game).
- The Chippewas have been outplayed on both sides of the ball in terms of passing this season, ranking 24th-worst in passing yards (188.4 per game) and 25th-worst in passing yards allowed (251.3 per game).
- Central Michigan ranks 89th in the FBS with 138.6 rushing yards per contest on offense, and it ranks 67th with 143.9 rushing yards given up per contest on defense.
- The Chippewas rank 25th-worst in third-down conversion percentage (33.6%), but they’ve been more effective defensively, ranking 84th in the FBS with a 39.8% third-down rate allowed.
- Central Michigan has forced four turnovers this season and have turned the ball over nine times, resulting in a -5 turnover margin that is 23rd-worst in the FBS.
- On the ground, Antario Brown averages 5.9 yards per attempt (54th in the FBS) and 84.3 yards per game for 674 total rushing yards. He has recorded six rushing touchdowns this season.
- He’s hauled in 10 passes (on zero targets) for 44 receiving yards with one touchdown. He’s averaging 5.5 receving yards and 1.3 catches per game.
- Rocky Lombardi has 1,360 passing yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions this year. He has completed 58.1% of his attempts, averaging 170.0 yards per game and 6.7 per attempt.
- He has rushed for 14 yards (seventh on the Huskies) and added three touchdowns on the ground, while averaging 1.8 rushing yards per game.
- Gavin Williams has 277 rushing yards with three touchdowns (34.6 yards per game across eight games).
- Williams has recorded 17 catches, 104 yards and zero TDs in the passing game.
- Jase Bauer has thrown for 1,221 yards this year, with five touchdowns and six interceptions. He is completing 58.4% of his passes while averaging 152.6 yards per game and 6.2 per attempt.
- He’s added 223 yards on the ground (third on the Chippewas), while scoring seven rushing touchdowns. He’s averaging 27.9 yards per game and 3.2 per attempt.
- Marion Lukes averages 32.5 rushing yards per game through eight games (260 total yards), while scoring two rushing touchdowns.
- Lukes has added 23 receptions (2.9 per game) for 228 yards (28.5 per game), without a receiving touchdown. He’s been targeted zero times in the passing attack.
- Myles Bailey has rushed for three touchdowns this year, and has totaled 360 rushing yards (51.4 per game and 4.1 per attempt).
- Bailey has helped in the receiving game, putting up 94 receiving yards (13.4 per game) on 11 catches (1.6 per game), while being targeted zero times. He is trying for his first receiving touchdown.