Ball State Cardinals vs Eastern Michigan Eagles Prediction, 10/16/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ball State Cardinals vs Eastern Michigan Eagles
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Eagles (+2.5)
The Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-2) welcome the Ball State Cardinals (3-3) at Rynearson Stadium on Saturday. Ball State opens this contest as 2.5-point favorites. The betting total is set at 54.5.
The Ball State Cardinals head into this game 3-3 for this year. In their last contest, the Cardinals faced the Western Michigan Broncos and notched a win by a score of 45-20. Carson Steele was the best rusher for the Cardinals with 10 carries for 41 yds (4.1 yards per carry). Drew Plitt went 15/25 with 310 yds through the air and 4 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 217.0 and ended the game without throwing an interception. In the running game, the Cardinals conceded 119 yds on 49 tries, which is an average of 2.4 yards per rush allowed. Ball State surrendered 19 pass completions on 35 tries for a total of 257 yards, and a completion percentage of 54.3%. Overall, they ran 53 plays which gave them 375 yds. The Ball State Cardinals ended up rushing 27 times and totaled 65 yds, which had them averaging 2.4 yards per tote.
The Cardinals have tallied 1,918 total yards for the year. With reference to getting in the endzone, Ball State has earned 8 touchdowns via the pass and 7 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the ball over 7 times. Ball State has compiled 104 first downs as an offense, and they have committed 32 infractions for 253 yards. Offensively they hold an average of 104.8 yards via the ground game which has them sitting 114th in Division 1. Concerning getting in the endzone, the Ball State Cardinals have an average of 23.5 PPG.
In terms of passing yardage, the Cardinals are conceding 1,316 yards which puts them in 86th in the country. They have yielded 219.3 yards per contest via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 61.2%. In total, they have allowed 401.2 yards/contest ranking them 94th in college football. They have yielded 6 touchdowns via the pass and 11 touchdowns via the ground game. They are giving up 4.1 yards per run and 181.8 yards on the ground per game on the campaign. For the season, they have conceded 1,091 rushing yards through 6 outings. The Cardinals are ranked 98th in the nation when it comes to team defense, allowing 28.0 points per game.
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The Eagles head into this game 4-2 for this season. When they last played, the Eagles took home the win by a final score of 13-12 against the Miami RedHawks. Ben Bryant (1 touchdown) walked away from the contest with 206 yds on 21/31 through the air while his quarterback rating was 127.8. He threw 1 pick and his average yards per attempt was 6.6. Darius Boone Jr. carried the football 9 times for 36 yds, walking away from the contest with 4.0 yds per attempt for Eastern Michigan. Eastern Michigan ran the ball for 1.5 yards per tote, totaling 51 yards on 33 attempts. The Eagles ended up finishing with 257 yards while they ran 64 plays (4.0 yards per play). The Eagles secondary conceded a completion rate of 41.0%, relinquishing 259 yards on 16 for 39 passing. Eastern Michigan allowed 29 running attempts for 126 yards (4.3 yds per carry).
When looking at this team's ability to score points, the Eagles are ranked 64th in the nation holding an average of 29.3 points per game. During the season thus far, the Eagles have compiled 1,389 yards through the air not to mention holding an average of 231.5 passing yards per outing, giving them a rank of 67th in Division 1. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have an average of 356.8 yards per contest, ranking them 98th in the nation. The Eastern Michigan offense has compiled 187 yards of penalties on 22 violations, which is good for 125th in the country in terms of hurting your team.
Eastern Michigan has allowed a total of 1,143 yards rushing (190.5 yards per outing) as well as 10 touchdowns on the ground for the campaign. They have surrendered 5 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 199.3 yards per contest, ranking them 50th in the nation. The Eagles defense has taken part in 418 plays, which is 105th in the country. The Eagles are conceding 22.8 PPG, ranking them 62nd in college football. Over the course of the season, they have relinquished 137 pts.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Eagles college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals -2.5
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