Ball State vs. Kent State - 9/29/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ball State vs. Kent State - 9/29/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Kent State Golden Flashes (1-3) at Ball State Cardinals (1-3)

College Football: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Scheumann Stadium)

The Line: Ball State Cardinals -8.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

The Kent State Golden Flashes and the Ball State Cardinals square off in college football MAC-tion from Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Indiana on Saturday afternoon.

The Kent State Golden Flashes will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses, including a 38-17 defeat at the hands of Ole Miss in their last outing. Woody Barrett has thrown for 826 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 picks with a 57.4% completion percentage this year while also rushing for 3 touchdowns as well. Justin Rankin has logged a team-high 263 yards on the ground for Kent State while Mike Carrigan leads the Golden Flashes’ receiving corps with 205 yards and 19 catches. As a team, Kent State is averaging 394 yards of total offense and 26.2 points per game this season. 

The Ball State Cardinals will also be eager to bounce back from a 1-3 starts after a 3rd straight defeat in the form of a 28-20 loss to Western Kentucky in their last outing. Riley Neal has thrown for 839 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in completing 57% of his 149 pass attempts. James Gilbert has rushed for 302 yards while Riley Miller and Corey Lacanaria each have 200+ receiving yards and Justin Hall leads the Cardinals with 21 catches this season. As a team, Ball State is averaging 438.8 yards of total offense and 22 points per game this season.

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Kent State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 17-8 in their last 25 road games. Ball State is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 18-38 in their last 56 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 conference matchups. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The touchdown with the hook is tempting for the Golden Flashes, but the bottom line is that Kent State isn’t a good defensive team. Sure, two of those games were against Penn State and Ole Miss, but Ball State also went toe-to-toe with Notre Dame and held their own for a bit against Indiana. All in all, we are laying a touchdown with the better team offensively and last I checked, you need to score to win games so I’ll lay the points with Ball State in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Ball State -8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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