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 ESPN 2.

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.

Kent StateNow, 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 or better.

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 game. 

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.

Free Pick 

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