Northwestern vs. Ball State - 9/26/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ball State Cardinals (2-1) at Northwestern Wildcats (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Ryan Field)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Ball State Cardinals and Northwestern Wildcats square off Saturday night at Ryan Field.
The Ball State Cardinals look for a big road victory to improve to 3-1 on the season. Riley Neal is completing 74.5 percent of his passes for 310 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Neal and Jack Milas have combined for two scores and two picks. Jordan Williams and KeVonn Mabon have combined for more than 350 receiving yards and one touchdown while Corey Lacanaria has 12 receptions. The Ball State Cardinals ground game is averaging 249 yards per contest, and Darian Green leads the way with 334 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Ball State is allowing 36.3 points and 456.3 yards per game. Sean Wiggins leads the Cardinals with 23 tackles, Anthony Winbush has 2.5 sacks and Darius Conaway has three pass deflections. Darnell Smith and Tyree Holder are questionable with injuries.
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The Northwestern Wildcats look to remain undefeated heading into Big Ten play. Clayton Thorson is completing 50.8 percent of his passes for 327 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Thorson is 12th in the Big Ten in completion percentage. Christian Jones and Dan Vitale have combined for more than 140 receiving yards while Austin Carr has two receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 256.6 yards per contest, and Justin Jackson leads the way with 332 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 5.3 points and 235 yards per game. Anthony Walker leads the Wildcats with 36 tackles, Ifeadi Odenigbo has 2.5 sacks and Matthew Harris has two interceptions.
The Cardinals are 45-18 ATS in their last 63 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games.
Ball State has a new quarterback and its offense isn't going to do much against Northwestern, a team that has one of the best defenses in the country. I like the Wildcats to roll here.