Ball State vs. Eastern Michigan - 11/8/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-4) at Ball State Cardinals (4-5)
College Football: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Scheumann Stadium)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Eastern Michigan Eagles and Ball State Cardinals clash Tuesday night in MAC college football at Scheumann Stadium the on CBSNN.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles could use a nice road victory after losing three of their last four games. The Eastern Michigan Eagles can also become bowl eligible for the first time since the 1987 season. Brogan Roback is completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 1,387 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Roback has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last five games. Sergio Bailey II and Antoine Porter have combined for 1,035 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Nigel Kilby has 26 receptions. The Eastern Michigan Eagles ground game is averaging 141.1 yards per contest, and Ian Eriksen leads the way with 461 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Eastern Michigan is allowing 30.1 points and 424.6 yards per game. Jason Beck leads the Eastern Michigan Eagles with 75 tackles, Pat O'Connor has 5.5 sacks and Jaylen Pickett has two interceptions.
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The Ball State Cardinals could also use a feel good victory after losing four of their last five games. The Ball State Cardinals are just 1-3 SU on their home field this season. Riley Neal is completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 1,700 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. Neal has one or less touchdown pass in his last four games. KeVonn Mabon and Damon Hazelton Jr. have combined for 962 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Corey Lacanaria has 23 receptions. The Ball State Cardinals ground game is averaging 234.5 yards per contest, and James Gilbert leads the way with 1,142 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Ball State is allowing 28.3 points and 452.8 yards per game. Sean Wiggins leads the Ball State Cardinals with 74 tackles, Anthony Winbush has six sacks and Marc Walton has two interceptions.
The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Ball State has won the last five games against Eastern Michigan and needs a victory here if it wants a real chance of making a bowl contest. Both of these clubs are in poor form and they both have flaws defensively. However, I give the edge to Ball State at home and the low line given the history between these two teams and the fact the Cardinals are due for a breakout performance at home.