Ball State at Western Michigan - 11/5/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ball State Cardinals (3-6) at Western Michigan Broncos (5-3)
College Football: Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Waldo Stadium)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -14.5 -- Over/Under: 62.5 See the Latest Odds
The Ball State Cardinals and Western Michigan Broncos square off Thursday at Waldo Stadium.
The Ball State Cardinals could use a big road victory after losing five of their last six games. Riley Neal is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 1,797 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Neal has four passing touchdowns in his last three games. Jordan Williams and KeVonn Mabon have combined for 1,289 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Corey Lacanaria has 42 receptions. The Ball State Cardinals ground game is averaging 164.6 yards per contest, and Darian Green leads the way with 630 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Ball State is allowing 31.1 points and 480.2 yards per game. Ben Ingle leads the Cardinals with 74 tackles, Tyree Holder has two interceptions and Anthony Winbush has four sacks. Corey Lacanaria is out due to suspension.
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The Western Michigan Broncos look for their fifth straight victory to become bowl eligible. Zach Terrell is completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 2,045 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. Terrell has six touchdown passes in his last three games. Daniel Braverman and Corey Davis have combined for 1,596 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Michael Henry has 12 receptions. The Western Michigan Broncos ground game is averaging 189.5 yards per contest, and Jarvion Franklin leads the way with 620 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing 29 points and 418.9 yards per game. Asantay Brown leads the Broncos with 66 tackles, Darius Phillips has three interceptions and Keion Adams has 2.5 sacks.
The Cardinals are 46-19 ATS in their last 65 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in November. The Broncos are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. win and 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Cardinals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Western Michigan and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings overall.
Ball State may not be winning games, but the Cards hung with Northwestern on the road while also giving Northern Illinois and Toledo a fight. After all, Ball State has covered 46 of its last 65 road games. Hard to ignore these trends. I'll take the points here.