Western Michigan Broncos (4-1) at Ball State Cardinals (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Scheumann Stadium)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals -3 -- Over/Under: 71.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Ball State Cardinals square off with the Western Michigan Broncos in week 15 college football MAC-tion from Scheumann Stadium in Muncie on Saturday afternoon.
The Western Michigan Broncos will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season, falling to 4-1 on the year after a 53-42 loss to Eastern Michigan last time out. Kaleb Eleby has thrown for 1,426 yards, 16 touchdowns and an interception on 64.3% passing while LA’Darius Jefferson has a team-high 465 rushing yards with 4 touchdowns. Sean Tyler has 262 rushing yards and Jaxson Kincaide has 143 rushing yards this season. D’Wayne Eskridge leads Western Michigan’s receiving group with 24 grabs for 644 yards and 7 scores while Jaylen Hall has 1 catches for 318 yards and 6 TDs and Skyy Moore has 17 catches for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns. On defense, Treshaun Hayward leads the Broncos with 49 total tackles including 25 solo tackles while Bricen Garner has a team-high 25 total tackles. Ali Fayad and Ralph Holley each have a team-high 3 sacks while A.J. Thomas, Marshawn Kneeland and Braden Fiske each have a pair of sacks.
The Ball State Cardinals will look to build on their 4-1 record after a fourth straight win in the form of a 45-20 win over Central Michigan in their last game. Drew Plitt has thrown for 1,425 yards, 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 66.3% passing while Caleb Huntley has a team-high 437 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns. Tye Evans has 225 rushing yards and Justin Hall has 159 rushing yards this season for Ball State. Hall leads the Cardinals’ receiving group with 34 grabs for 445 yards while Yo’Heinz Tyler has 29 grabs for 391 yards and 5 touchdowns and Antwan Davis has 26 catches for 316 yards. On defense, Brandon Martin leads Ball State with 58 total tackles including a team-high 34 solo tackles while Anthony Ekpe has a team-high 5 sacks.
Western Michigan is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games in December while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a loss. Ball State is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning road record.
This is as good as of a situation we could ask for with everything that’s going on this season. Last week of the season, spot in the conference title game on the line, two solid offensive teams like Western Michigan and Ball State. This is going to be one of the more underrated games of the week to settle in and watch if you can. With that said, home field usually equates to three points in college football, and with the line set at a field goal, it’s essentially a pick ‘em, so rather than trying to pick a side, I’m going to back the over. It may be a square play, but these two teams can hang points in bunches and I think we see a back-and-forth heavyweight bout here so I’ll take the over.