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Ball State Cardinals vs. Toledo Rockets Free Pick - 9/28/13

Toledo Rockets (2-2) at Ball State Cardinals (3-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm (Scheumann Stadium)

The Line: Ball State Cardinals -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Toledo Rockets head to Scheumann Stadium to battle the Ball State Cardinals Saturday.

The first six weeks or so on the schedule has some tough opponents for Toledo so they were fortunate in facing an injury riddled Central Michigan in week four. The Rockets took full advantage of the Chippewas woes in rolling to a 38-17 road win to even their record at 2-2. The Rockets won the yardage battle 418-378 but dominated play on both sides of the ball thanks to four takeaways. Doug Fluellen had a field day on the ground with 197 yards on 32 carries with a pair of touchdowns while Terrance Owens was effective in a short passing attack that saw him go 13-17 for 139 yards and a TD. The defense got on the scoreboard as well with a fumble return for six against a short handed CMU.

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Ball State Cardinals vs. Toledo Rockets Free Pick - 9/28/13

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Ball State looked like a contender in the MAC West to me until I saw them blow a huge lead in a week four 34-27 loss at North Texas which still has me scratching my head. The Cardinals made sure that wasn't going to happen against Eastern Michigan as they led 34-13 at the break and kept pouring it on before walking away with a 51-20 victory. The Cardinals racked up 543 yards behind an effective running and passing attack Jahwan Edwards rushing for 85 yards and three scores as the team piled up nearly 200 yards and averaged over five yards per touch. Keith Wenning (17-28/317) threw for two scores with Willie Snead (9-175) and Jordan Williamd (6-105) enjoying monster days with the latter hauling in 15 and 30 yard TD's. The defense did give up 416 yards but recovered a pair of fumbles and picked off two passes.

Toledo should give Ball State a real test and tell us if if the Cardinals are championship material. I think they are and take this one in a rather high scoring game...

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