Saturday, October 15, 2016
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The Ball State Cardinals take on the Buffalo Bulls on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at UB Stadium. The opening line for this game has Ball State as 9 point favorites. This season the Cardinals are 5-1-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-4-0. The Bulls have an over/under record of 2-3-0 and they are 1-4-0 against the spread.
Riley Neal finished with 174 yards through the air for Ball State last week. He completed 18 passes out of 30 attempts for a 60% completion percentage. The Cardinals were led in rushing by James Gilbert, who finished with 141 yards on 27 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. KeVonn Mabon was the team leader in receiving with a total of 56 yards and 8 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 7 yards per reception. As a team in that game Ball State got a total of 18 first downs. Of those first downs, 8 came on the ground while 10 came through the air. They ran 69 total plays for 340 yards for the game. The Cardinals ran for 166 yards on 39 attempts.
Tyree Jackson finished with 250 yards passing for Buffalo last week. He went 20 for 39, resulting in a 51% completion percentage. The Bulls were led on the ground by Tyree Jackson, who finished with 40 yards on 11 carries. He ended the game with an average of 4 yards per rush. Marcus McGill led the team in receiving with 65 yards and 4 catches. He finished the game with an average of 16 yards per reception. Buffalo had 20 first downs total. 8 came from running the ball and 11 came from a pass. They ran 77 total plays for 372 yards for the contest. The Bulls ran for 116 yards on 37 carries as a team.
Ball State scores 28 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 71st in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 20.5 passes on 34.7 attempts for a 59.1 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 218.5 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 79th in college football. The Cardinals run for an average of 200.2 yards per game on 44.7 attempts for an average of 4.5 yards per carry. That ranks them 41st in the nation. They also run 79.3 plays per contest and average 5.3 yards per play for an average of 418.7 yards per game, ranking their offense 65th overall this season. The Cardinals average 23.5 first downs per game which ranks them 33rd in the country. They accumulate 26.3 penalty yards per game via 3.2 penalties, which ranks 127th in the nation.
Ball State allows 273 passing yards per game, ranking 105th in D-1, and they allow 24.5 points per contest on defense, which ranks 49th. They give up 22.3 completions on 35.5 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 62.9. The Cardinals allow 149.3 rushing yards per game on 36 carries for an average of 4.1 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 52nd in the country. Ball State allows 422.3 total yards per game including 5.9 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 85th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.5 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 7 penalties for 66.2 yards per game, ranking them 108th among D-1 teams.
Buffalo averages 15.2 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 127th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 15 passes per game on 30.2 attempts for a 49.7 percent completion percentage. They throw for 156.4 yards through the air per game, ranking them 115th in Division 1. The Bulls run for an average of 137.2 yards per game on 34.4 attempts for an average of 4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 105th on the ground. They also run 64.6 plays per game and average 4.5 yards per play for a total of 293.6 yards per game, ranking them 127th in the country on offense. The Bulls get an average of 15.6 first downs per game, which ranks 125th in the nation. They average 39.8 penalty yards per game via 5 penalties, ranking them 116th in college football.
Buffalo allows an average of 135.4 passing yards per game, which ranks 3rd in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 31.8 points per contest, which has them ranked 93rd in the nation. They give up 11.4 completions on 19.2 attempts for a completion percentage of 59.4 per game. The Bulls allow 271.2 rushing yards per contest on 53.2 carries for a 5.1 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 125th in the country. Buffalo allows 406.6 total yards per game for an average of 5.6 yards per play, which ranks 72nd in D-1. They force 0.8 turnovers per contest and 5.6 penalties for 47.4 yards in each contest, ranking 35th in the nation.
Ball State Betting Trends
Ball State is 2-4-0 against the over/under this season
Ball State has an ATS record of 5-1-0 this season
Buffalo Betting Trends
Buffalo is 2-3-0 against the over/under this season
Buffalo has an ATS record of 1-4-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
08/29/16 OL Andrew Poenitsch Leg out for season
10/09/16 OL Tyler O'Henly Concussion "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
09/29/16 LB Brandon Berry Personal quit the team
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo
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