Saturday, September 24, 2016
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The Ball State Cardinals take on the Florida Atlantic Owls on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at FAU Stadium. The opening line for this game has Ball State as 3 point favorites. This season the Cardinals are 3-0-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 1-2-0. The Owls have an over/under record of 2-1-0 and they are 0-3-0 against the spread.
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Riley Neal finished with 238 yards through the air for Ball State last week. He completed 28 passes out of 39 attempts for a 72% completion percentage. The Cardinals were led in rushing by James Gilbert, who finished with 67 yards on 21 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 3 yards per carry. Devin Reece was the team leader in receiving with a total of 64 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 11 yards per reception. As a team in that game Ball State got a total of 28 first downs. Of those first downs, 13 came on the ground while 11 came through the air. They ran 93 total plays for 431 yards for the game. The Cardinals ran for 193 yards on 54 attempts.
Jason Driskel finished with 125 yards through the air for Florida Atlantic last week. He completed 14 passes out of 24 attempts for a 58% completion percentage. The Owls were led in rushing by Kerrith Whyte, Jr., who finished with 54 yards on 10 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Kalib Woods was the team leader in receiving with a total of 82 yards and 7 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. Florida Atlantic got a total of 13 first downs in that game. 8 came from running the ball and 4 came from a pass. They ran 65 total plays for 211 yards for the game. The Owls ran for 82 yards on 37 attempts.
Ball State scores 30.7 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 72nd in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 19.3 passes on 32.7 attempts for a 59.2 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 199.7 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 92nd in college football. The Cardinals run for an average of 219.3 yards per game on 48 attempts for an average of 4.6 yards per carry. That ranks them 36th in the nation. They also run 80.7 plays per contest and average 5.2 yards per play for an average of 419 yards per game, ranking their offense 67th overall this season. The Cardinals average 22.7 first downs per game which ranks them 52nd in the country. They accumulate 33 penalty yards per game via 4.3 penalties, which ranks 119th in the nation.
Ball State allows 249 passing yards per game, ranking 91st in D-1, and they allow 21.7 points per contest on defense, which ranks 51st. They give up 20.7 completions on 34.3 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 60.2. The Cardinals allow 89 rushing yards per game on 32.3 carries for an average of 2.8 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 14th in the country. Ball State allows 338 total yards per game including 5.1 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 40th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.3 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 9 penalties for 83 yards per game, ranking them 120th among D-1 teams.
Florida Atlantic averages 18.3 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 114th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 18.7 passes per game on 32 attempts for a 58.3 percent completion percentage. They throw for 194.3 yards through the air per game, ranking them 94th in Division 1. The Owls run for an average of 99.7 yards per game on 38.7 attempts for an average of 2.6 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 116th on the ground. They also run 70.7 plays per game and average 4.2 yards per play for a total of 294 yards per game, ranking them 121st in the country on offense. The Owls get an average of 15 first downs per game, which ranks 124th in the nation. They average 61 penalty yards per game via 7 penalties, ranking them 59th in college football.
Florida Atlantic allows an average of 245.7 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 87th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 43.7 points per contest, which has them ranked 122nd in the nation. They give up 22.3 completions on 33.7 attempts for a completion percentage of 66.3 per game. The Owls allow 252.7 rushing yards per contest on 42.3 carries for a 6 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 118th in the country. Florida Atlantic allows 498.3 total yards per game for an average of 6.6 yards per play, which ranks 117th in D-1. They force 1.3 turnovers per contest and 9 penalties for 90.3 yards in each contest, ranking 124th in the nation.
Ball State Betting Trends
Ball State is 1-2-0 against the over/under this season
Ball State has an ATS record of 3-0-0 this season
Florida Atlantic Betting Trends
Florida Atlantic is 2-1-0 against the over/under this season
Florida Atlantic has an ATS record of 0-3-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
08/29/16 OL Andrew Poenitsch Leg out for season
09/18/16 OT Kelly Parfitt Leg "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
08/29/16 TE Dustin Bowens Chest out indefinitely
08/29/16 LB Jake Stewart Knee out indefinitely
08/28/16 OL Reggie Bain Undisclosed out for season
08/09/16 DT Ray Ellis Knee out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Ball State
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