Ball State at Western Michigan College Football Picks & Predictions 9/30/2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017
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The Ball State Cardinals travel to Waldo Stadium to take on the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The opening line for this game has Ball State as 5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 62. The Cardinals have an ATS record of 3-1-0 while their over/under record is 2-2-0. The Broncos have an over/under record of 3-1-0 and they are 1-3-0 against the spread.
Valuable Ball State Cardinals Betting Trends
The Ball State Cardinals are 2-2-0 against the over/under
The Ball State Cardinals are 3-1-0 against the spread
Important Western Michigan Broncos Betting Trends
The Western Michigan Broncos are 3-1-0 against the over/under
The Western Michigan Broncos are 1-3-0 against the spread
Key Ball State Cardinals Injuries
09/24/17 WR Corey Lacanaria Undisclosed injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Western Michigan
09/24/17 RB James Gilbert Knee "?" Saturday vs. Western Michigan
09/24/17 WR Jordan Hogue Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Western Michigan
09/24/17 WR Justin Hall Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Western Michigan
09/24/17 CB Marc Walton Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Western Michigan
09/24/17 QB Riley Neal Leg "?" Saturday vs. Western Michigan
09/24/17 OL Vinnie Palazeti Knee "?" Saturday vs. Western Michigan
09/14/17 OL Alex Joss ACL out indefinitely
Key Western Michigan Broncos Injuries
09/24/17 OL John Keenoy Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
09/24/17 RB Matt Falcon Knee "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
09/13/17 OL Curtis Doyle Undisclosed expected to miss 3-4 weeks
09/13/17 DL Eric Assoua Knee expected to miss 2-3 weeks
09/13/17 DB Justin Tranquill ACL out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Ball State Cardinals are 52nd in Division 1 in points scored with 121. They have run 292 plays this season for 1,600 yards, which ranks them 50th in the nation in total offense. The Cardinals average 5.5 yards per play, which is 88th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 85 1st downs this year, placing them 46th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Ball State has run for 674 yards as a team, which ranks 53rd in the country. They've run 156 times, averaging 4.3 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Cardinals have been penalized on offense 14 times for 141 yards so far this season, which has them 122nd in the nation in penalties. Riley Neal has thrown for 659 yards this season. He has completed 67 passes on 99 attempts for a completion percentage of 67.7%. His quarterback rating this year is 137.5. He averages 6.7 yards per pass attempt and 6.5 adjusted yards per throw.
Ball State is 79th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 101. They have surrendered a total of 1,447 yards on D, which is 67th in Division 1. The Cardinals are ranked 68th in yards per play allowed with 5.5. Opposing offenses have completed 72 passes on 122 attempts against the Ball State Cardinals defense this season, placing them 62nd and 62nd in the country. The Ball State pass defense has also given up a total of 871 yards through the air, which is 71st overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 141 attempts for 576 yards this year, putting them in 76th place in D-1 against the run. The Cardinals have committed 19 penalties for 176 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 45th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Ball State is ranked 57th in the nation in punt returns with 6. They've accumulated 87 punt return yards and average 14.5 yards per return, which is 18th in college football. They have returned 8 kicks for 244 yards on special teams, ranking 44th in kick return yardage. The Cardinals average 31 yards per kick return and they are 50th in the country in all-purpose yards with 1,931. The Ball State Cardinals have attempted 4 field goals this season and made 1, which is 113th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 25%. Ball State Cardinals kickers have made 94% of their extra points, going 16 for 17 this year. Their punters have totaled 599 yards on 15 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That places them 94th in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Broncos have run for 880 yards as a team, which ranks 23rd in the nation. They've run 177 times, averaging 5 yards per rush as a unit. The Broncos have been penalized on offense 25 times for 216 yards so far this year, which has them 55th in the country in penalties. They are 38th in Division 1 in points scored with 131. They have run 270 plays this year for 1,430 yards, which ranks them 114th in the nation in total offense. The Western Michigan Broncos average 5.3 yards per play, which is 101st in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 78 1st downs this season, ranking them 69th overall as an offensive unit. Jon Wassink has completed 54 throws while attempting 91 passes for a completion percentage of 59.3%. He has passed for 523 yards this year. He averages 5.6 adjusted yards per throw and 5.7 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 117.7.
The Western Michigan Broncos rush defense has given up 152 attempts for 754 yards this season, putting them in 102nd place in the country against the run. They have had 24 penalties for 221 yards on defense this year. That places them 80th in Division 1. Western Michigan is 98th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 119. They have given up a total of 1,490 yards on D, which is 76th in the nation. The Broncos are 101st in yards per play allowed with 6. Opponent offenses have completed 60 throws on 96 attempts against the Western Michigan defense this season, ranking them 42nd and 28th in the country. The Western Michigan Broncos pass defense has also surrendered a total of 736 yards in the air, which is 46th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Western Michigan Broncos have tried 5 field goals this year and made 4, which is 65th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 80%. Western Michigan kickers have made 94% of their extra points, going 15 for 16 this season. Their punters have accumulated 863 yards on 19 punts, averaging 45 yards per punt. That ranks them 21st in the NCAA in punting average. Western Michigan is 73rd in the country in punt returns with 6. They've totaled 104 punt return yards and average 17.3 yards per return, which is 10th in D-1. They have returned 14 kicks for 417 yards on special teams, which puts them 9th in kick return yardage. The Broncos average 30 yards per kick return and they are 47th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 1,951.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Broncos college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals -5
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