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Toledo-Northern Illinois Betting Preview: A Matchup of Polar Opposite Teams

Nov 07, 2018 4:04 PM EST

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Toledo-Northern Illinois Betting Odds, Pick

  • Odds: Northern Illinois -3.5
  • Over/Under: 55.5
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN2

Toledo and Northern Illinois will play a fascinating MAC matchup on Wednesday, pitting one of the league’s best offenses against unquestionably its best defense.

NIU can just about wrap up the MAC West with a victory, while Toledo would need some help, even with a win.

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Market Moves for Toledo-Northern Illinois

By Steve Petrella

Despite getting the majority of the bets, Toledo has gone from +1.5 to +3. The total has also gone up from 53.5 at BookMaker to 55.

NIU Dominant in First Half

By Steve Petrella

Northern Illinois is 7-2 against the first-half spread this season, but just 3-6 ATS in the second half. The Huskies defense can always keep it close early, but the offense isn’t built to play catch-up.

In three of its four non-conference games against good competition — Iowa, Utah, BYU — the score was exactly 3-0 at halftime.

If Toledo gets a lead early, don’t count on NIU to narrow the gap.

NIU’s Defense Is Great, But Can the Huskies Score?

By Collin Wilson


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