Cure Bowl Best Odds: Coastal Carolina Vs. Northern Illinois

  • The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are favored by 10.5 points over the Northern Illinois Huskies.
  • The total for the game is set at 62 with -110 betting odds on both sides of the line.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and Northern Illinois Huskies will make up this year’s Cure Bowl.

Which Team Will Cover The Spread?

Coastal Carolina was ranked for a good portion of the season and it’s easy to see why as the team outscored opponents by an average of 20.4 points per game. Despite seven of their 10 wins coming by double-digits, the spread has only been set at 10.5 points on online sportsbooks.

Coastal Carolina vs NIU Spread Odds

  • Coastal Carolina Chanticleers -10.5 -110
  • Northern Illinois Huskies +10.5 -110

Northern Illinois, although 9-4 on the season, had a negative scoring differential since seven of their wins came by one possession. This Huskies team could’ve easily been below .500 and given their season as a whole it’s relatively easy to see why the odds suggest a blowout in favor of the Chanticleers.

There are questions as to whether Grayson McCall will return to CCU, but he’s committed to playing in the bowl game which should be the final deciding factor to take Coastal Carolina to cover the spread.

Will The Game Go OVER The High Total?

Aside from McCall, the game features another talented quarterback in Rocky Lombardi who was formally Michigan State’s starter. Due to the talent running each offense, college football betting sites have set the total at a pretty high number.

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Coastal Carolina vs NIU Total Odds

  • OVER 62 -110
  • UNDER 62 -110

Both teams had average totals of at least 60 points this season, but only one of the last four Chanticleers games went OVER this total. Coastal Carolina allowed just 20.0 points per game this season which ranked 19th in the country.

Plus, Northern Illinois runs the ball on 64.02% of their total plays which is the fifth-highest in the country while Coastal Carolina runs it the 14th-most often as 61.03% of their plays are rushes as well. The clock could chew very quickly in this game which should leave the UNDER as the best bet to make.

ESPN2 will have coverage of the game beginning at 6 p.m. EST on Friday, December 17.