Ball State vs. Western Michigan - 11/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Michigan Broncos (8-0) at Ball State Cardinals (4-4)
College Football: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Scheumann Stadium)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals +16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Michigan Broncos and Ball State Cardinals meet in a MAC college football game Tuesday night at Scheumann Stadium on ESPN2.
The Western Michigan Broncos look for their fifth road victory of the year to remain undefeated on the season overall. The Western Michigan Broncos have a shot to win 11 straight games dating back to last season. Zach Terrell is completing 72.2 percent of his passes for 1,995 yards, 20 touchdowns and one interception. Terrell has two or more touchdown passes in five straight games. Corey Davis and Carrington Thompson have combined for 1,203 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Michael Henry has 40 receptions. The Western Michigan Broncos ground game is averaging 252.7 yards per contest, and Jarvion Franklin leads the way with 909 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing 19.3 points and 353 yards per game. Robert Spillane leads the Western Michigan Broncos with 71 tackles, Keion Adams has 5.5 sacks and Justin Ferguson has two interceptions.
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The Ball State Cardinals look for a strong home victory to get a game above a .500 record and remain in the college football bowl hunt. The Ball State Cardinals look for their first win over a ranked team since their 2012 win over the Toledo Rockets. Riley Neal is completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 1,700 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. Neal has just two touchdown passes in his last four games. KeVonn Mabon and Damon Hazelton Jr. have combined for 862 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Corey Lacanaria has 19 receptions. The Ball State Cardinals ground game is averaging 226.6 yards per contest, and James Gilbert leads the way with 987 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Ball State is allowing 25.4 points and 440.3 yards per game. Sean Wiggins leads the Ball State Cardinals with 69 tackles, Anthony Winbush has six sacks and Marc Walton has two interceptions.
The Broncos are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games and 24-9 ATS in their last 33 games overall. The Cardinals are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in November and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games. The road team is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Ball State.
I don't like eating big chalk in the middle of the week with a road team, but the Western Michigan Broncos are the real deal. Western Michigan is probably the best team in the country outside of a power five conference. Ball State isn't a bad football team, but I'm not sure the Cardinals can hang in this game for 60 minutes. Western Michigan is good enough to win this game in a blowout and cover yet another road game.