MAC Championship: Buffalo vs Ball State 12/18/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions

MAC Championship: Buffalo vs Ball State 12/18/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Ball State Cardinals (5-1) at Buffalo Bulls (5-0)

College Football: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Ford Field)

The Line: Buffalo Bulls -12 -- Over/Under: 66.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Buffalo Bulls face off with the Ball State Cardinals Friday in the week 16 college football MAC Championship at Ford Field in Detroit.

The Ball State Cardinals look for another win to end the season on a six-game winning streak. The Ball State Cardinals have won two of their last three non-home games. Drew Plitt is completing 66.3 percent of his passes for 1,674 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Plitt has two or more touchdown passes in four straight games. Justin Hall and Yo'Heinz Tyler have combined for 1,033 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Antwan Davis has 31 receptions. The Ball State Cardinals ground game is averaging 178.8 yards per contest, and Caleb Huntley leads the way with 437 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Ball State is allowing 27.5 points and 432.2 yards per game. Brandon Martin leads the Ball State Cardinals with 72 tackles, Anthony Ekpe has five sacks and Amechi Uzodinma II has one interception.

The Buffalo Bulls look for another win to end the season with a perfect 6-0 record. The Buffalo Bulls have won three straight non-home games. Kyle Vantrease is completing 60 percent of his passes for 821 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Vantrease has one or less touchdown passes in nine of his last 10 games. Antonio Nunn and Trevor Wilson have combined for 544 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Zac Lefebvre has six receptions. The Buffalo Bulls ground game is averaging 344.6 yards per contest, and Jaret Patterson leads the way with 1,025 yards and 18 touchdowns. Defensively, Buffalo is allowing 21 points and 367.2 yards per game. James Patterson leads the Buffalo Bulls with 43 tackles, Malcolm Koonce has four sacks and Marcus Fuqua has one interception.

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The Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Bulls are 23-8 ATS in their last 31 conference games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 7-3 in Cardinals last 10 games overall. The over is 9-2 in Bulls last 11 games overall. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

The Ball State Cardinals have the offensive firepower to hang around in this game, but their defense simply isn't good, especially against the pass, and they'd have to score a bunch of points. The Buffalo Bulls are just a machine this season, as they're clearly the best rushing team in college football, they comfortably win games and are 4-1 against the spread this season. Buffalo has covered seven of its last eight games overall. The Buffalo Bulls are simply one of those teams you blindly back with confidence based on what they've done these last two or three years. I'll eat the chalk. 

See Who The Experts Picked To Win This One

Randy’s Pick Buffalo Bulls -12

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

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