Ball State Cardinals vs Wyoming Cowboys Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ball State Cardinals vs Wyoming Cowboys
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, WY
Odds/Point Spread: Cowboys (-6.5)
The Ball State Cardinals (1-1) are traveling to War Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they will take on the Wyoming Cowboys (2-0). Wyoming opens this contest as 6.5-point favorites. The total comes in at 54.5.
The Ball State Cardinals step onto the field holding a record of 1-1 for this season. In their last matchup, the Cardinals went up against the Penn State Nittany Lions and took a loss by a score of 44-13. Drew Plitt went 25/39 with 176 yds passing. He had a QB rate of 91.8 and finished the contest with 2 interceptions. Will Jones was the leader on the ground for the Cardinals with 8 attempts for 16 yds (2.0 yards per attempt). The Ball State Cardinals ran the football 26 times and accumulated 69 yds, earning them an average of 2.7 yards per tote. Overall, they ran 71 plays which converted into 295 yards. Ball State surrendered 22 completions on 31 attempts for 253 yds, and a completion rate of 71.0%. On the ground, the Cardinals conceded 240 yards on 48 attempts, which calculates to 5.0 yds per run allowed.
The Cardinals have tallied 702 total yards for the season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Ball State has totaled 2 touchdowns through the air and 3 rushing touchdowns. Ball State has compiled 38 1st downs as a unit, and they have been called for 10 penalties for 83 yards. As a team they hold an average of 144.0 yards via the ground game ranking them 70th in D-1. When talking about getting in the endzone, the Ball State Cardinals have an average of 22.0 points per contest.
In terms of passing yards, the Cardinals have given up 620 yards which puts them in 137th in the country. They are giving up 310.0 yards per game via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 70.3%. For the season, they are granting 465.0 yards per game ranking them 132nd in D-1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.3 yards per attempt on the ground and 155.0 yards on the ground per game for the year. Over the course of this season, they have given up 310 yards via the running game in 2 games. The Cardinals sit in 120th in Division 1 in terms of team defense, giving up 32.5 points per contest.
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The Cowboys come into this matchup with a record of 2-0 this season. When they last played, the Cowboys went home victorious with a score of 50-43 against the NIU Huskies. Sean Chambers (2 TDs) ended the game with 204 yds on 13/23 passing while his quarterback rating was 159.7. He didn't throw any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 8.9. Xazavian Valladay carried the rock 21 times for 101 yds, ending the game with 4.8 yards per carry for Wyoming. Wyoming ran for 4.2 yds per attempt, finishing the contest with 191 yards on 45 attempts. The Cowboys finished the contest with a total of 395 yards while running 68 plays (5.8 yds per play). The Cowboys passing defense allowed a completion percentage of 52.8%, surrendering 233 yds on 19 out of 36 passing. Wyoming relinquished 38 rushing attempts for 244 yards (6.4 yds per rush).
In terms of the points being put on the board, the Cowboys rank 49th in Division 1 scoring 34.5 points per game. During the season to this point, the Cowboys have compiled 400 yards through the air along with an average of 200.0 passing yards per contest, which has them ranked 67th in D-1. The Wyoming Cowboys have an average of 371.0 yards per contest, which ranks them 62nd in the country. The Wyoming offense has compiled 80 yds of penalties on 8 infractions, which is good for 93rd in Division 1 in terms of hurting your team.
The Cowboys are relinquishing 29.5 points per game, which has them 111th in college football. Wyoming has conceded a total of 367 yards rushing (183.5 yards/game) as well as 5 touchdowns on the ground so far this year. Over the course of the season, they have relinquished 59 points in total. They have surrendered 3 touchdowns through the air in addition to 216.5 yards/outing, which puts them in 103rd in Division 1. The Cowboys defense has participated in 132 plays, which has them sitting 83rd in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Cowboys college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals +6.5
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