Friday, September 2, 2016
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The Ball State Cardinals take on the Georgia State Panthers on Friday, September 2, 2016 at Georgia Dome. The opening line for this game has Ball State as 5.5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 54. Last season the Cardinals were 4-8-0 against the spread and their over/under record was 4-8-0. The Panthers had an over/under record of 4-9-0 and they were 8-4-1 against the spread.
Ball State scored 23.1 points per game on offense last season, which ranked 102nd in Division 1. In the passing department, they averaged 21.9 passes on 38.3 attempts for a 57.3 percent completion percentage last season. They threw for a total of 218.3 yards per game through the air as well, which ranked them 70th in college football. The Cardinals ran for an average of 153.3 yards per game on 36.4 attempts for an average of 4.2 yards per carry. That ranked them 91st in the nation. They also ran 74.7 plays per contest and averaged 5 yards per play for an average of 371.6 yards per game, ranking their offense 90th overall last season. The Cardinals averaged 20.8 first downs per game which ranked them 62nd in the country. They accumulated 35.4 penalty yards per game via 3.7 penalties, which ranked 126th in the nation.
Ball State allowed 292.5 passing yards per game, ranking 123rd in D-1, and they allowed 35.8 points per contest on defense, which ranked 107th. They gave up 24.1 completions on 34 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 70.8. The Cardinals allowed 225.5 rushing yards per game on 42.7 carries for a 5.3 average per play, which ranked their rush defense 115th in the country. Ball State allowed 518 total yards per game including 6.8 yards per play, which ranked their overall defense 122nd in terms of yards per game. They forced 1.3 turnovers per contest and got flagged for 7.8 penalties for 69.8 yards per game, ranking them 122nd among D-1 teams.
Georgia State averaged 26.9 points per game last season on offense, which ranked them 79th in the country. In the passing department, they completed 23.7 passes per game on 38.2 attempts for a 62.1 percent completion percentage. They threw for 335.9 yards through the air per game last year, ranking them 9th in Division 1. The Panthers ran for an average of 96.9 yards per game on 31.3 attempts for an average of 3.1 yards per carry last season, which ranked them 126th on the ground. They also ran 69.5 plays per game and averaged 6.2 yards per play for a total of 432.8 yards per game, ranking them 43rd in the country on offense. The Panthers got an average of 20.1 first downs per game, which ranked 81st in the nation. They averaged 65.4 penalty yards per game via 7.1 penalties, ranking them 22nd in college football.
Georgia State allowed an average of 222.5 passing yards yards per game, which ranked 64th in Division 1. Their defense overall allowed 28.3 points per contest, which had them ranked 79th in the nation. They gave up 20.2 completions on 34.5 attempts for a completion percentage of 58.6 per game. The Panthers allowed 183.2 rushing yards per contest on 42 carries for a 4.4 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 81st in the country. Georgia State allowed 405.8 total yards per game for an average of 5.3 yards per play, which ranked 72nd in D-1. They forced 1.6 turnovers per contest and 7.1 penalties for 67.7 yards in each contest, ranking 118th in the nation.
Riley Neal finished his last game of last season with 154 yards through the air for Ball State. He completed 24 passes out of 40 attempts for a 60% completion percentage. The Cardinals were led in rushing by James Gilbert, who finished with 66 yards on 16 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. KeVonn Mabon was the team leader in receiving with a total of 54 yards and 7 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 8 yards per reception. As a team in that game Ball State got a total of 15 first downs by way of 7 rushing, 7 passing, and 1 by penalty. They ran 78 total plays for 264 yards for the game. The Cardinals ran for 110 yards on 38 attempts.
Nick Arbuckle finished his last game of last season with 208 yards through the air for Georgia State. He completed 14 passes out of 29 attempts for a 48% completion percentage. The Panthers were led in rushing by Glenn Smith, who finished with 22 yards on 6 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Ari Werts was the team leader in receiving with a total of 63 yards and 3 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 21 yards per reception. Georgia State got a total of 11 first downs by way of 1 rushing, 9 passing, and 1 by penalty. They ran 49 total plays for 231 yards for the game. The Panthers ran for 23 yards on 20 attempts.
Ball State Betting Trends
Ball State were 4-8-0 against the over/under last season
Ball State had an ATS record of 4-8-0 last season
Georgia State Betting Trends
Georgia State were 4-9-0 against the over/under last season
Georgia State had an ATS record of 8-4-1 last season
Injuries to Watch
No key injuries to report
No key injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take Georgia State
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