Ball State Cardinals vs Akron Zips Prediction, 11/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ball State Cardinals vs Akron Zips
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Location: InfoCision Stadium in Akron, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Zips (+20.5)
The Ball State Cardinals (4-4) are on their way to InfoCision Stadium on Tuesday where they will take on the Akron Zips (2-6). Akron opens as 20.5-point dogs. The total is set at 56.5.
The Ball State Cardinals step onto the field holding a record of 4-4 for this season. In their last contest, the Cardinals stepped onto the field against the Miami RedHawks and took a loss by a final of 24-17. Carson Steele was the rushing leader for the Cardinals with 11 totes for 49 yds (4.5 yards per attempt). Drew Plitt went 22/34 with 227 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 134.3 and ended the contest with 1 interception. On the ground, the Cardinals gave up 130 yards on 36 tries, which calculates to 3.6 yds per rush allowed. Ball State allowed 21 pass completions on 25 tries for a total of 234 yards, and a completion percentage of 84.0%. At the end of the game, they ran 64 plays which converted into 329 yds. The Ball State Cardinals ran the rock 30 different times and accumulated 102 yds, which earned them an average of 3.4 yards per carry.
Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the Ball State Cardinals are averaging 24.5 PPG. As a team they average 116.4 yards on the ground which ranks them 108th in the nation. The Cardinals have earned 2,680 total yards for the season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Ball State has amassed 11 touchdowns through the air and 11 touchdowns via the ground. Ball State has recorded 153 first downs as an offense, and they have been called for 44 infractions for 371 yds. They have turned the ball over 9 different times.
The Cardinals are sitting in 92nd in D-1 concerning the opposition scoring, allowing 27.9 points per contest. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.9 yards per attempt on the ground and 158.4 rushing yards per contest on the year. In total, they have allowed 1,267 rushing yards through 8 contests. Regarding yards through the air, the Cardinals have given up 1,889 yards which has them sitting in 85th in the nation. They have conceded 236.1 yards per contest via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 66.1%. During the season, they have allowed 394.5 yards per game which ranks them 87th in the nation. They have yielded 9 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 15 touchdowns running the ball.
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The Zips come into this game with a record of 2-6 this season. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Zips took a loss by a final score of 45-10 when they played the Buffalo Bulls. Demarcus Irons Jr. ran the ball 25 times for 54 yds, ending the game with 2.2 yards per carry for Akron. Demarcus Irons Jr. walked away from the game with 66 yards on 5/13 through the air while his quarterback rate was 65.7. He threw 1 interception and his Y/A was 5.1. Akron gave up 49 attempts on the ground for 231 yds (4.7 yards per carry). The Zips secondary conceded a completion percentage of 77.3%, relinquishing 253 yards on 17 out of 22 through the air. The Zips finished with a total of 304 yds and they ran 64 plays (4.8 yds per play). Akron ran for 5.1 yards per carry, finishing the contest with 229 yds on 45 attempts.
Regarding this team's ability to score points, the Zips are sitting 117th in the nation holding an average of 19.9 PPG. For the season thus far, the Zips currently sit at 1,680 yards via the pass in addition to an average of 210.0 passing yards per contest, which has them sitting 90th in Division 1. The Akron Zips are averaging 336.1 yards per outing, ranking them 110th in D-1. The Akron offense has totaled 355 penalty yds on 41 violations, ranking them 105th in the country in terms of hurting your team.
Akron has given up a total of 1,740 rushing yards (217.5 yards per game) and 21 touchdowns rushing so far this year. They have yielded 17 touchdowns via the pass and 231.6 yards per game, which has them sitting 84th in Division 1. The Zips defense has been on the field for 501 plays, which has them sitting 31st in Division 1. The Zips are surrendering 38.9 PPG, ranking them 138th in the country. In total, they have given up 311 points.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Zips college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Zips +20.5
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