Ball State Cardinals at Indiana Hoosiers - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ball State Cardinals (1-0) at Indiana Hoosiers (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -17.5 -- Over/Under: 61 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Hoosiers host the Ball State Cardinals in week two with both teams looking for a 2-0 start.
The Indiana Hoosiers were expected to get tested at Florida International in their opener and did until a 22-0 run in the 4th put this one in the win column. The boxscore was dominated by the Hoosiers who won the yardage battle 486-331 with balance while also intercepting three passes including a pair of pick six’s and a safety. Indy quarterback Richard Lagow was 18-27 for 240 yards with a 21 yard scoring strike to Danny Friend. Nick Westbrook led the Hoosiers with six catches for 70 yards while Devine Redding dominated on the ground with 135 yards on 22 carries. Indiana eliminated the Golden Panthers ground game and held FIU quarterback Alex McGough to a 23-46 performance and forced him in to mistakes while keeping most completions short.
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The Ball State Cardinals suffered through a dismal 2015 but hopefully picked up some momentum with a 31-21 victory at Georgia State as a touchdown underdog in week one. The Cardinals played well on both sides of the ball with a significant 455-272 edge in yards while limiting the pass heavy Panthers to less then 200 yards in the air and 24 minutes of possession. Ball State did not have a great game throwing the ball with quarterback Riley Neal completing just 15-29 for 130 and two interceptions including a 48 yard pick six. The Cardinals were much more effective on the ground with James Gilbert running for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 29 totes with Darian Green adding 93 yards and a score on 13 carries.
The Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 versus Big Ten and the Cardinals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game while going 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Hoosiers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game while going 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points. I don’t know if FIU is that bad or Indiana discovered defense but my numbers have this spread right on the money…