Central Michigan Chippewas vs Ball State Cardinals Prediction, 11/17/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Central Michigan Chippewas vs Ball State Cardinals
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Location: Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (-1.5)
The Ball State Cardinals (5-5) welcome the Central Michigan Chippewas (6-4) at Scheumann Stadium on Wednesday. Central Michigan opens this matchup as 1.5-point underdogs. The over/under is 62.
The Central Michigan Chippewas come into this matchup with a record of 6-4 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Chippewas played the Kent State Golden Flashes and went home with a win by a final score of 54-30. Daniel Richardson connected on 21/27 with 268 yards through the air and 4 TDs. He had a quarterback rate of 161.4 and finished the contest with no picks. Lew Nichols led the offense in rushing for the Chippewas with 43 attempts for 215 yards (5.0 yards per attempt). The Central Michigan Chippewas ended up running the ball 52 times and accumulated 221 yds, which came out to an average of 4.3 yds per carry. On the day, they had 80 plays which converted into 505 yds. Central Michigan gave up 22 completions on 36 tries for a total of 276 yds, and a completion percentage of 61.1%. When it came to stopping the run, the Chippewas conceded 169 yds on 44 attempts, which is an average of 3.8 yards per run allowed.
The Chippewas have earned 4,490 total yards this season. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Central Michigan has totaled 26 passing touchdowns and 13 touchdowns on the ground. They have surrendered the ball 9 different times. Central Michigan has compiled 237 1st downs, and they have been hurt by 56 penalties for 510 yards. As a unit they have an average of 166.1 yards in the run game which ranks them 67th in the country. Regarding scoring, the Central Michigan Chippewas are averaging 32.8 points per game.
In terms of yards via the pass, the Chippewas have allowed 2,762 yds which has them ranked 132nd in the country. They have conceded 276.2 yards per outing via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 63.0%. For the season, they are granting 417.8 yards per contest putting them at 105th in college football. They have conceded 19 touchdowns through the air and 15 touchdowns via the ground game. They are allowing 3.7 yards per rush and 141.6 yards on the ground per contest so far this season. Over the course of this year, they have given up 1,416 running yards through 10 games. The Chippewas are sitting in 95th in D-1 regarding team defense, conceding 28.7 PPG.
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The Cardinals head into this matchup 5-5 this year. The last time they took the field, the Cardinals walked away with a victory by a final of 29-25 when they faced the NIU Huskies. Drew Plitt (1 TD) ended the contest with 126 yds on 11/26 through the air while his quarterback rate was 95.7. He didn't throw any interceptions and his Y/A was 4.8. Carson Steele ran the ball 21 times for 109 yards, finishing the contest with 5.2 yards per carry for Ball State. The Cardinals finished with a total of 372 yds on 59 plays (6.3 yds per play). Ball State rushed the ball for 7.5 yds per attempt, finishing the game with 246 yds on 33 carries. Ball State relinquished 30 rush attempts for 127 yards (4.2 yds per carry). The Cardinals secondary gave up a completion rate of 75.0%, relinquishing 331 yards on 24 for 32 through the air.
The Ball State Cardinals are averaging 347.7 yards per outing, which is good for 106th in college football. The Ball State offense has racked up 431 yards of penalties on 52 violations, which is 100th in college football in terms of making mistakes. For the season thus far, the Cardinals have racked up 2,060 yards via the pass as well as holding an average of 206.0 passing yards per outing, which has them ranked 96th in the nation. Regarding the points being put on the board, the Cardinals currently rank 88th in the country with an average of 25.6 points per contest.
The Cardinals are giving up 27.8 points per contest, which has them sitting 91st in the country. Ball State has given up a total of 1,605 yards rushing (160.5 yards per contest) in addition to 18 touchdowns via the rush on the season. In total, they have conceded 278 points. They have given up 12 touchdowns through the air and 248.4 yards per outing, which has them ranked 108th in the nation. The Cardinals defense has taken the field for 709 plays, which ranks 104th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Chippewas/Cardinals college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Chippewas +1.5
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