MACtion culminates on Saturday when the Northern Illinois Huskies and Kent State Golden Flashes square off in the 2021 MAC Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit. The champion of the West Division, Northern Illinois (8-4) is making its eighth appearance in the championship game in the last 12 seasons. Meanwhile Kent State (7-5), which clinched the East Division on the final day of the regular season, will be making just its second appearance in the title game.
Kickoff is noon ET. The Golden Flashes are 3.5-point favorites in the latest Kent State vs. Northern Illinois odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under for total points scored is 74.5. (See the latest college football lines for all of this week's games on our college football odds page.)
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The model knows that Kent State already has beaten Northern Illinois this season. On Nov. 3, the Golden Flashes had a dominant night offensively, piling up 682 total yards, including 360 on the ground, in a 52-47 victory. Kent State averaged 8.0 yards per rush, 16.1 yards per completion and 9.1 yards per play.
The model also knows that Northern Illinois has excelled in close games this season. The Huskies have played in nine one-score games in 2021 and have more wins (seven) by eight points or fewer than any team in the country. They also have won more games (four) decided by fewer than three points than any school in the nation.
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