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Northern Illinois looks to get back in the win column after having its three-game win streak snapped last week when the Huskies welcome Ball State to Huskie Stadium on Tuesday night in a MACtion matchup. Ball State vs. Northern Illinois: Watch Week 11 college football game for free
The Cardinals are also coming off a loss, but have won three of their last four games against the Huskies.
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Who: Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Ball State Cardinals
When: Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. EST
Where: Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois
As dominant as Michigan’s defense has been through nine games, where it ranks among the best all-time is far from being determined.
The Wolverines have allowed 6.7 points and 231.4 yards per game, figures comparable to those put up by the celebrated 2011 Alabama defense.
But Michigan, which beat Purdue 41-13 at home on Saturday, has played only the 84th toughest schedule, according to the NCAA. Its remaining schedule — at Penn State, at Maryland and Ohio State at home — is ranked as the second toughest.
Michigan also leads the nation in pass defense, at 141.3 yards per game. The Wolverines have 12 interceptions and have allowed just four touchdowns through the air.
Other national leaders as the regular season hits the home stretch: scoring, Oregon, 47.4 ppg; rushing, Air Force, 284.2 ypg; passing, Washington, 383.1 ypg; total offense, LSU, 544.6 ypg; rushing defense, James Madison, 59.7 ypg.
Individual leaders: rushing, Ollie Gordon Jr., Oklahoma State, 136.1 ypg; passing, Michael Penix Jr., Washington, 355.7 ypg; receiving, Malik Nabers, LSU, 128 ypg.
THE AIR IN AIR FORCE
Air Force’s run-pass breakdown in its 23-3 loss to Army was as close to 50-50 as it’s been since 2011.
The Falcons have employed a pound-the-ground triple-option system since the 1980s and typically run on more than eight of every 10 plays.
But they were playing from behind after the first two minutes against Army and were forced to go to the air. Some 40.6% of their plays (26 of 64) ended up being pass attempts or sacks, according to Sportradar. Zac Larrier and Jensen Jones combined to go 10 for 24, and Larrier was sacked twice.
Washington’s Dillon Johnson ran 26 times for 256 yards and four touchdowns in the Huskies’ 52-42 win over Southern California.
Johnson’s rushing total was Washington’s highest since Chris Polk went for 284 yards on 29 carries against Washington State in 2010. Johnson’s average of 9.85 yards per carry was highest since at least 2000 by a Washington ball-carrier with more than 25 attempts.
There have been 21 200-yard rushing performances this season.
PUSHING ‘EM BACK
Penn State turned in the best rushing defense performance of the season when Maryland netted minus-49 yards in the Nittany Lions’ 51-15 win. That includes 47 yards in losses on six sacks.
Three other defenses since 2013 have pushed back opponent rushers as far as Penn State did against the Terrapins. Middle Tennessee State runners combined for minus-66 yards against San Diego State last season, Tulsa had minus-73 against Michigan State in 2019 and Washington State had minus-52 against Arizona State in 2016.
Notre Dame safety Xavier Watts leads the nation with seven interceptions. Just as impressive, the Irish have followed each one with a score.
Watts intercepted his fifth pass in three games on Clemson’s first series of the second half in a 31-23 loss Saturday, and the Irish scored one play later. Notre Dame has five touchdowns and two field goals after Watts’ picks.
The Ball State Cardinals and the Northern Illinois Huskies are set to square off in a Mid American West battle at 7:00 p.m. ET on November 7th at Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium. Ball State is hoping to put an end to a seven-game streak of away losses dating back to last season.
Last Wednesday, it was a hard-fought contest, but Ball State had to settle for a 24-21 defeat against Bowling Green.
Despite the loss, Ball State had strong showings from Kiael Kelly, who rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns, and Marquez Cooper, who rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, after a string of three wins, Northern Illinois' good fortune finally ran out on Tuesday. They took a 37-31 hit to the loss column at the hands of Central Michigan. Northern Illinois didn't live up to their potential and found themselves falling short of the advantage oddsmakers thought they had coming into the game.
The loss doesn't tell the whole story though, as several players had good games. One of the most active was Antario Brown, who rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown while picking up 7.6 yards per carry. Brown was no stranger to the big play, taking off on a dash that went for 61 yards. Another player making a difference was Rocky Lombardi, who threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns.