Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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The Western Michigan Broncos take on the Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Scheumann Stadium. The opening line for this game has Western Michigan as 16 point favorites. This season the Broncos are 6-2-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 4-4-0. The Cardinals have an over/under record of 2-6-0 and they are 5-3-0 against the spread.
Zach Terrell finished with 398 yards through the air for Western Michigan last week. He completed 29 passes out of 35 attempts for a 83% completion percentage. The Broncos were led in rushing by Jarvion Franklin, who finished with 114 yards on 22 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Carrington Thompson was the team leader in receiving with a total of 177 yards and 8 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 22 yards per reception. As a team in that game Western Michigan got a total of 29 first downs. Of those first downs, 10 came on the ground while 18 came through the air. They ran 73 total plays for 561 yards for the game. The Broncos ran for 163 yards on 38 attempts.
Riley Neal finished with 187 yards passing for Ball State last week. He went 23 for 34, resulting in a 68% completion percentage. The Cardinals were led on the ground by James Gilbert, who finished with 133 yards on 24 carries. He ended the game with an average of 6 yards per rush. KeVonn Mabon led the team in receiving with 88 yards and 8 catches. He finished the game with an average of 11 yards per reception. Ball State had 28 first downs total. 20 came from running the ball and 8 came from a pass. They ran 78 total plays for 443 yards for the contest. The Cardinals ran for 256 yards on 44 carries as a team.
Western Michigan scores 44.4 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 6th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 18.9 passes on 26.3 attempts for a 71.9 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 249.4 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 51st in college football. The Broncos run for an average of 252.8 yards per game on 48.1 attempts for an average of 5.3 yards per carry. That ranks them 12th in the nation. They also run 74.4 plays per contest and average 6.8 yards per play for an average of 502.1 yards per game, ranking their offense 14th overall this season. The Broncos average 26.1 first downs per game which ranks them 9th in the country. They accumulate 51.8 penalty yards per game via 5.1 penalties, which ranks 77th in the nation.
Western Michigan allows 221 passing yards per game, ranking 55th in D-1, and they allow 19.3 points per contest on defense, which ranks 19th. They give up 17.8 completions on 30.6 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 58. The Broncos allow 132 rushing yards per game on 32.4 carries for an average of 4.1 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 32nd in the country. Western Michigan allows 353 total yards per game including 5.6 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 26th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.9 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.5 penalties for 53 yards per game, ranking them 59th among D-1 teams.
Ball State averages 28 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 76th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 19.8 passes per game on 33 attempts for a 59.8 percent completion percentage. They throw for 213.8 yards through the air per game, ranking them 84th in Division 1. The Cardinals run for an average of 226.6 yards per game on 46.4 attempts for an average of 4.9 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 26th on the ground. They also run 79.4 plays per game and average 5.5 yards per play for a total of 440.4 yards per game, ranking them 44th in the country on offense. The Cardinals get an average of 24.3 first downs per game, which ranks 25th in the nation. They average 30.4 penalty yards per game via 3.5 penalties, ranking them 125th in college football.
Ball State allows an average of 287 passing yards per game, which ranks 116th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 25.4 points per contest, which has them ranked 47th in the nation. They give up 23.8 completions on 37.5 attempts for a completion percentage of 63.3 per game. The Cardinals allow 153.3 rushing yards per contest on 35.4 carries for a 4.3 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 52nd in the country. Ball State allows 440.3 total yards per game for an average of 6 yards per play, which ranks 96th in D-1. They force 1.3 turnovers per contest and 7 penalties for 62.1 yards in each contest, ranking 98th in the nation.
Western Michigan Betting Trends
Western Michigan is 4-4-0 against the over/under this season
Western Michigan has an ATS record of 6-2-0 this season
Ball State Betting Trends
Ball State is 2-6-0 against the over/under this season
Ball State has an ATS record of 5-3-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
08/29/16 WR Bryson White Dismissed has been dismissed
08/29/16 LB Ron George Dismissed has been dismissed
10/31/16 OT Steven Bell Undisclosed "?" Tuesday vs. Western Michigan
08/29/16 OL Andrew Poenitsch Leg out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Ball State
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