Saturday, October 8, 2016
Kelly Shorts Stadium
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The Ball State Cardinals take on the Central Michigan Chippewas on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Kelly Shorts Stadium. The opening line for this game has Central Michigan as 13.5 point favorites. This season the Cardinals are 4-1-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-3-0. The Chippewas have an over/under record of 3-2-0 and they are 3-2-0 against the spread.
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Riley Neal finished with 276 yards through the air for Ball State last week. He completed 23 passes out of 40 attempts for a 58% completion percentage. The Cardinals were led in rushing by James Gilbert, who finished with 119 yards on 22 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 99 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 17 yards per reception. As a team in that game Ball State got a total of 27 first downs. Of those first downs, 9 came on the ground while 16 came through the air. They ran 85 total plays for 427 yards for the game. The Cardinals ran for 151 yards on 44 attempts.
Cooper Rush finished with 178 yards passing for Central Michigan last week. He went 17 for 29, resulting in a 59% completion percentage. The Chippewas were led on the ground by Devon Spalding, who finished with 52 yards on 12 carries. He ended the game with an average of 4 yards per rush. Mark Chapman led the team in receiving with 70 yards and 4 catches. He finished the game with an average of 18 yards per reception. Central Michigan had 18 first downs total. 9 came from running the ball and 9 came from a pass. They ran 62 total plays for 277 yards for the contest. The Chippewas ran for 99 yards on 33 carries as a team.
Ball State scores 29.4 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 64th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 21 passes on 35.6 attempts for a 59 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 227.4 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 71st in college football. The Cardinals run for an average of 207 yards per game on 45.8 attempts for an average of 4.5 yards per carry. That ranks them 39th in the nation. They also run 81.4 plays per contest and average 5.3 yards per play for an average of 434.4 yards per game, ranking their offense 60th overall this season. The Cardinals average 24.6 first downs per game which ranks them 27th in the country. They accumulate 24.6 penalty yards per game via 3.2 penalties, which ranks 126th in the nation.
Ball State allows 273.8 passing yards per game, ranking 104th in D-1, and they allow 24.6 points per contest on defense, which ranks 53rd. They give up 22.6 completions on 36.2 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 62.4. The Cardinals allow 148.6 rushing yards per game on 35.8 carries for an average of 4.2 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 56th in the country. Ball State allows 422.4 total yards per game including 5.9 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 83rd in terms of yards per game. They force 1.8 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 7 penalties for 65.8 yards per game, ranking them 103rd among D-1 teams.
Central Michigan averages 33.6 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 53rd in the country. In the passing department, they complete 21.6 passes per game on 35.6 attempts for a 60.7 percent completion percentage. They throw for 306 yards through the air per game, ranking them 23rd in Division 1. The Chippewas run for an average of 130.2 yards per game on 33 attempts for an average of 3.9 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 108th on the ground. They also run 68.6 plays per game and average 6.4 yards per play for a total of 436.2 yards per game, ranking them 57th in the country on offense. The Chippewas get an average of 21.8 first downs per game, which ranks 62nd in the nation. They average 53.2 penalty yards per game via 5 penalties, ranking them 73rd in college football.
Central Michigan allows an average of 218.4 passing yards per game, which ranks 54th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 29.8 points per contest, which has them ranked 79th in the nation. They give up 19 completions on 34.2 attempts for a completion percentage of 55.6 per game. The Chippewas allow 135.6 rushing yards per contest on 32.8 carries for a 4.1 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 46th in the country. Central Michigan allows 354 total yards per game for an average of 5.3 yards per play, which ranks 34th in D-1. They force 1.4 turnovers per contest and 5.2 penalties for 53.8 yards in each contest, ranking 60th in the nation.
Ball State Betting Trends
Ball State is 2-3-0 against the over/under this season
Ball State has an ATS record of 4-1-0 this season
Central Michigan Betting Trends
Central Michigan is 3-2-0 against the over/under this season
Central Michigan has an ATS record of 3-2-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
08/29/16 OL Andrew Poenitsch Leg out for season
10/02/16 Backup QB Jake Johnson Concussion "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
10/02/16 DE Mitch Stanitzek Knee "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
10/02/16 DB Tony Annese Leg "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
09/30/16 OL Derek Edwards Foot out indefinitely
09/29/16 WR Eric Cooper Foot out for season
09/28/16 WR Jesse Kroll Knee out for season
08/19/16 RB Romello Ross ACL out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Ball State
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