Georgia Southern Eagles vs Ball State Cardinals Prediction, 9/23/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Georgia Southern Eagles vs Ball State Cardinals
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Location: Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (+6)
The Ball State Cardinals (1-2) will compete against the Georgia Southern Eagles (2-1) at Scheumann Stadium on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Ball State opens this game as 6-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 58.5.
The Georgia Southern Eagles head into this game 2-1 for this year. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Eagles played against the Wisconsin Badgers and ended up losing by a score of 35-14. Davis Brin finished 33/52 with 383 yds through the air and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 112.4 and walked away from the game with 5 interceptions. OJ Arnold was the leader on the ground for the Eagles with 10 attempts for 66 yards (6.6 yds per carry). Once the final whistle blew, they ran 80 plays which gave them 455 yards. The Georgia Southern Eagles ended up running the ball 28 times and compiled 72 yds, which had them averaging 2.6 yds per attempt. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Eagles gave up 207 yds on 38 tries, which is 5.4 yds per run allowed. Georgia Southern allowed 20 completions on 31 tries for a total of 244 yds, and a completion rate of 64.5%.
The Eagles have earned 1,390 total yards for the year. In terms of getting in the endzone, Georgia Southern has totaled 6 touchdowns through the air and 6 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the ball over 10 times. Georgia Southern has accounted for 79 first downs as a team, and they have been called for 20 penalties for 190 yards. As a team they're holding an average of 130.0 yards in the run game which ranks them 96th in Division 1. In terms of getting in the endzone, the Georgia Southern Eagles are averaging 32.3 points per outing.
In terms of yards through the air, the Eagles are allowing 643 yards which has them ranked 71st in college football. They are giving up 214.3 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 67.0%. During this campaign, they are allowing 380.0 yards/game which ranks them 92nd in D-1. They have given up 2 touchdowns by air as well as 8 touchdowns via the ground game. The opposition is running for 4.5 yards per rush and 165.7 rushing yards per contest for the season. In total, they have allowed 497 yards via the ground game in 3 games. The Eagles are sitting in 75th in the nation in terms of the opposition scoring, giving up 23.3 points per game.
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The Cardinals step onto the field holding a record of 1-2 for this year. For their last game, the Cardinals took home the win by a final score of 45-7 against the Indiana State Sycamores. Marquez Cooper carried the rock 22 times for 177 yards, ending the contest with 8.0 yards per carry for Ball State. Kadin Semonza (2 TDs) ended the contest with 137 yards on 17/22 through the air while his quarterback rating was 159.6. He didn't toss any interceptions and his Y/A was 6.2. Ball State relinquished 32 attempts on the ground for 104 yds (3.3 yards per rush). The Cardinals secondary gave up a completion percentage of 42.9%, surrendering 157 yds on 9 for 21 passing. The Cardinals finished the contest with a total of 425 yds on 66 plays (6.4 yds per play). Ball State ended up running for 6.9 yards per tote, totaling 288 yds on 42 carries.
When it comes to how much they score, the Cardinals rank 108th in the nation averaging 20.7 PPG. The Ball State Cardinals are averaging 314.7 yards per contest, which has them ranked 116th in the nation. The Ball State offense has 88 yds of penalties on 11 infractions, ranking them 118th in the country in terms of giving up free yards. They have tossed 3 interceptions while losing 3 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 57 first downs. Over the course of the season so far, the Cardinals have a total of 507 passing yards together with an average of 169.0 passing yards per contest, putting them at 116th in the nation. They maintain an average of 145.7 yards per game via the rush and have rushed for 437 yards overall.
The Cardinals are giving up 32.0 points per contest, which has them 116th in the nation. Ball State has surrendered a total of 319 rushing yards (106.3 yards per game) as well as 5 touchdowns via the rush so far this season. Over the course of the season, they have conceded 96 points. They have surrendered 4 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 228.3 yards/game, ranking them 87th in the nation. The Cardinals defense has taken the field for 165 plays, which ranks 10th in the nation. They have totaled 2 fumbles recovered and 3 picks this season.
Who will win tonight's Eagles/Cardinals college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Eagles -6
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