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Ball State Cardinals vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves GoDaddy Bowl Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/5/14

Arkansas State Red Wolves (7-5) at Ball State Cardinals (10-2)

College Football: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Ladd Peebles Stadium)

The Line: Ball State Cardinals -8 -- Over/Under: 64 See the Latest Odds


Arkansas State plays Ball State in the GoDaddy Bowl on Sunday night.

Arkansas State finished 7-5 overall and 5-2 in the Sun Belt conference during the regular season. For the second consecutive season, Arkansas State’s defensive coordinator is also serving as interim head coach for the GoDaddy Bowl, this time after Bryan Harsin bolted for Boise State when that job opened up earlier this month. Last season he guided Arkansas State to a 17-13 win over Kent State after Gus Malzahn was hired at Auburn. Arkansas State put up 29.7 points during the regular season, averaging more than 200 rushing yards per game. QB Adam Kennedy’s decision to transfer from Utah State after last season and finish out his college career at Arkansas State has turned out to be a good one for everyone involved. Kennedy completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 2,349 yards and 11 touchdowns during the regular season, getting intercepted six times along the way but just twice in the last six games. He gives the Red Wolves another option in the run game as well, rushing for 514 yards and four touchdowns.

Ball State Cardinals vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves GoDaddy Bowl Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/5/14

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Ball State finished 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the MAC during the regular season. Ball State comes in averaging 40.1 points with no less than 27 in every game this season. Cardinals QB Keith Wenning is ranked 5th in the nation with 3,933 passing yards this season and has the luxury of two 1,000-yard receivers in Willie Snead and Jordan Williams. Wenning will not only be trying to lead Ball State to its first Division I bowl victory in seven tries, but it will be a good opportunity to showcase his arm to NFL scouts as well. Almost buried beneath a 4,000-yard passer and the pair of 1,000-yard receivers is RB Jahwan Edwards, who is 36 yards from reaching 1,000 for the second straight season. Edwards has a nose for the end zone, evident by his 38 career rushing touchdowns and is a reliable receiver out of the backfield when needed. Horactio Banks did a good job spelling Edwards but suffered a torn ACL in mid-November, leaving backup duties to freshman Teddy Williamson, who totaled 80 yards and a touchdown in the regular-season finale against Miami (Ohio).

This game should be a competitive game with plenty of highlights if you’re a fan of offense. I think both teams with have no problem reaching 35 points in this game, so the over is my play.

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