Ball State vs. VMI - 9/3/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
VMI Keydets (2-10) at Ball State Cardinals (5-7)
College Football: Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Scheumann Stadium)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals -29.5 -- Over/Under: 64.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The VMI Keydats will travel to Scheumann Stadium to the take on the Ball State Cardinals to kick of their seaons this Thursday night.
The VMI Keydets came back to the Southern Conference last year and struggled in their first season back as they finished the season with a 2-10 overall record and a 1-6 conference record. VMI will be looking for first year head coach, Scott Wachenheim to right the ship and luckily for Wachenheim, he does have the SoCon Freshman of the Year in QB Al Cobb (2,971 yds, 20 TD) returning for his team. VMI’s offensive was decent last year as it averaged 374.4 yds per game (103.6 rushing yds, 270.8 passing yds). For VMI to improve this season, Coach Wachenheim will need to find some answers on the defensive end as the Keydets were outscored by their opponents by a 497-290 margin. The Keydets defensive gave up a staggering 496.4 yds/game and give up an average of 41.4 ppg. VMI will be returning three starters on their defensive line led by Joe Nelson, however, will have to hope they have found some answers with their LB’s and DB’s for them to be competitive this year.
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The Ball State Cardinals have been a solid team in the MAC-West under 5th year head coach Pete Lembo and although they have lost Jahwan Edwards (Ball Stat All-Time Leading Rusher), the Cardinals still return 18 starters this season. Ball State ended last year with a 5-7 record and had trouble coming off a horrible start of the season which they went 1-5 in their first 6 games. Although Edwards has moved on the offensive has 10 returning starters that include an experience offensive line (five 5th year SR’s) that allowed just 12 sacks last season and have some talent at the receiver position in Jordan Williams (56 rec, 753 yds, 6 TD) and KeVonn Mabon (59 rec, 753 yds, 5 TD). The Cardinals will hope to see continued improvement from sophomore QB Jack Milas who took over the starting job mid-way through last season. The Cardinals will look to improve on the defensive side of the ball as they ranked 10th in the conference last year giving up 29.9 ppg. Leading the way for the defensive is All-Mac DT Darnell Smith and LB Ben Ingle.
The Keydets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Cardinals are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Ball State should be one of the more improved teams in the MAC this year and although VMI has a decent QB at the helm, it doesn’t seem that their defense has improved greatly from the team that gave up more than 40 points a game last year. The line isn’t posted yet for this one however, I’m leading towards Ball State unless the number is really high. Please check back when the line is posted.