Western Kentucky at Ball State College Football Picks and Predictions 9/22/2018
Saturday, September 22, 2018
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers travel to Scheumann Stadium to take on the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The opening line for this game has Ball State as 3.5 point favorites. The Hilltoppers have an ATS record of 2-1-0 while their over/under record is 1-2-0. The Cardinals have an over/under record of 0-3-0 and they are 2-1-0 against the spread.
Valuable Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Betting Trends
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 1-2-0 against the over/under
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 2-1-0 against the spread
Important Ball State Cardinals Betting Trends
The Ball State Cardinals are 0-3-0 against the over/under
The Ball State Cardinals are 2-1-0 against the spread
Key Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Injuries
09/16/18 QB Steven Duncan Suspension is questionable Saturday vs Ball State
09/15/18 QB Drew Eckels Upper Body is questionable
08/08/18 RB Jakairi Moses Knee is out indefinitely
Key Ball State Cardinals Injuries
09/16/18 DE Sean Hammonds Jr Undisclosed left last game, is questionable Saturday vs Western Kentucky
09/15/18 OL Alex Joss ACL is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 120th in Division 1 in points scored with 48. They have run 217 plays this season for 1,122 yards, which ranks them 38th in the nation in total offense. The Hilltoppers average 5.2 yards per play, which is 101st in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 58 1st downs this year, placing them 81st overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Western Kentucky has run for 334 yards as a team, which ranks 105th in the country. They've run 108 times, averaging 3.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Hilltoppers have been penalized on offense 18 times for 172 yards so far this season, which has them 75th in the nation in penalties. Drew Eckels has thrown for 514 yards this season. He has completed 38 passes on 67 attempts for a completion percentage of 56.7%. His quarterback rating this year is 135.9. He averages 7.7 yards per pass attempt and 8.6 adjusted yards per throw.
Western Kentucky is 91st in the nation in points allowed on defense with 85. They have surrendered a total of 1,107 yards on D, which is 69th in Division 1. The Hilltoppers are ranked 82nd in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Opposing offenses have completed 39 passes on 81 attempts against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defense this season, placing them 23rd and 38th in the country. The Western Kentucky pass defense has also given up a total of 527 yards through the air, which is 44th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 118 attempts for 580 yards this year, putting them in 101st place in D-1 against the run. The Hilltoppers have committed 19 penalties for 150 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 57th in the nation.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cardinals have run for 691 yards as a team, which ranks 28th in the nation. They've run 133 times, averaging 5.2 yards per rush as a unit. The Cardinals have been penalized on offense 17 times for 155 yards so far this year, which has them 79th in the country in penalties. They are 99th in Division 1 in points scored with 68. They have run 247 plays this year for 1,350 yards, which ranks them 62nd in the nation in total offense. The Ball State Cardinals average 5.5 yards per play, which is 87th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 73 1st downs this season, ranking them 31st overall as an offensive unit. Riley Neal has completed 58 throws while attempting 104 passes for a completion percentage of 55.8%. He has passed for 554 yards this year. He averages 5 adjusted yards per throw and 5.3 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 106.2.
The Ball State Cardinals rush defense has given up 121 attempts for 550 yards this season, putting them in 94th place in the country against the run. They have had 16 penalties for 123 yards on defense this year. That places them 33rd in Division 1. Ball State is 65th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 68. They have given up a total of 1,166 yards on D, which is 87th in the nation. The Cardinals are 68th in yards per play allowed with 5.5. Opponent offenses have completed 55 throws on 91 attempts against the Ball State defense this season, ranking them 73rd and 60th in the country. The Ball State Cardinals pass defense has also surrendered a total of 616 yards in the air, which is 70th overall in total pass defense.
Who will win tonight's Hilltoppers/Cardinals college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Hilltoppers +3.5
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