Western Michigan Broncos vs Ball State Cardinals Prediction, 12/12/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Ball State Cardinals
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Location: Scheumann Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Western Michigan (+2.5)
Kaleb Eleby and the Western Michigan Broncos (4-1) travel to Scheumann Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Ball State Cardinals (4-1). Western Michigan opens this game as 2.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 71.5.
In their last outing, the Western Michigan Broncos took on the Eastern Michigan Eagles and added a loss to their record by a score of 53-42. Kaleb Eleby went 18/26 with 288 yards through the air and threw 4 TD's. He finished the game without throwing an interception. La'Darius Jefferson paced the team in rushing in this game. His longest run of the day went for 17 yards and he notched 2 touchdowns for this contest. He racked up a total of 130 yards via 21 carries which gave him an average of 6.2 yards per run. Jaylen Hall was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 119 yards on 4 receptions. He earned an average of 29.8 yards per reception in this game.
In terms of scoring, the Western Michigan Broncos have an average of 44.6 points per contest. As a team they average 191.4 yards on the ground ranking them 38th in Division 1. The Broncos have racked up 2,387 total yards for the season. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Western Michigan has compiled 16 touchdowns via the pass and 13 rushing touchdowns. Regarding passing yardage, the Broncos are conceding 1,205 yds which has them ranked 46th in the country. During this campaign, they have yielded 409.2 yards/outing ranking them 75th in the nation. The Broncos rank 113th in college football concerning the opposition scoring, giving up 35.0 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.3 yards per attempt on the ground and 168.2 rushing yards per contest for the campaign. Over the course of their 5 games played this season, they have conceded 241.0 yards per outing through the air as well as allowing a completion percentage of 63.3%. During this campaign, they have given up 841 rushing yards through 5 games.
Kaleb Eleby has connected on 166 of his attempted career 262 throws for a completion percentage of 63.4%. He is throwing for 251.8 yds per contest. For his career, Eleby has passed for 2,518 yards with 20 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He has a QB rating of 166.2 with a TD rate of 7.6% and an interception percentage of 1.5%. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has attempted running the football 54 different times totaling -8 rushing yds.
The last time they took the field, the Ball State Cardinals faced the Central Michigan Chippewas and earned the win by a score of 45-20. Tye Evans paced the team on the ground for the game. He had a long run of 12 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He ran for a total of 64 yards via 18 carries which gave him an average of 3.6 yards per carry. Jalen McGaughy was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 100 yards on 3 catches. He averaged 33.3 yards per catch for the game. Drew Plitt went 26/43 with 366 yards by way of passing and completed 4 TD's. He tossed 1 pick for the game.
In terms of the points being put on the board, the Cardinals currently rank 24th in college football holding an average of 34.4 points per contest. During this campaign so far, the Cardinals currently sit at 1,425 yards through the air in addition to holding an average of 285.0 passing yards per game, ranking them 21st in D-1. They are averaging 194.0 run yards per game and have toted the ball for 970 yards for this year. The Ball State Cardinals maintain an average of 479.0 yards per game which has them sitting 18th in the nation. The Cardinals are conceding 27.6 points per contest, ranking them 70th in Division 1. This season, they have surrendered 138 points in total. Ball State has conceded a total of 669 rushing yards (133.8 yards/game) and 8 touchdowns by way of the ground game this season. They have given up 10 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 286.6 yards/outing, ranking them 131st in Division 1.
Plitt has thrown for 43 touchdowns while tossing 23 interceptions in his collegiate career. His touchdown percentage when attempting a pass is 5.7% and his interception percentage is 3.1%. He has left the pocket and rushed for 306 yards on 215 attempts. He is averaging 199.3 yds per contest through the air with a 140.7 quarterback rating. In the 29 contests in his career, Drew Plitt has been successful on 475 of 751 attempts for a total of 5,781 yards.
Who will win tonight's Broncos/Cardinals college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Broncos +2.5
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