Ball State Cardinals at San Jose State Spartans 12/31/20: College Football free preview, analysis, prediction, odds and pick against the spread.
2020-12-31 14:00:00 EDT
The San Jose State Spartans face off with the Ball State Cardinals Thursday as college football Bowl Season continues in the Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium.
The Ball State Cardinals are riding a six-game winning streak and look for their first ever bowl victory. The Ball State Cardinals have won three straight non-home games. Drew Plitt is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 1,947 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Plitt has two or more touchdown passes in five straight games. Justin Hall and Yo’Heinz Tyler have combined for 1,169 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Antwan Davis has 36 receptions. The Ball State Cardinals ground game is averaging 177 yards per contest, and Caleb Huntley leads the way with 437 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Ball State is allowing 27.6 points and 441.7 yards per game. Brandon Martin leads the Ball State Cardinals with 85 tackles, Anthony Ekpe has five sacks and Amechi Uzodinma II has one interception.
The San Jose State Spartans are unbeaten on the season and look for their first bowl win since the 2015 season. The San Jose State Spartans have won all four non-home games this season. Nick Starkel is completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 1,906 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Starkel has two or more touchdown passes in four straight games. Bailey Gaither and Tre Walker have combined for 1,271 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Derrick Deese, Jr. has 19 receptions. The San Jose State Spartans ground game is averaging 141.5 yards per contest, and Tyler Nevens leads the way with 478 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, San Jose State is allowing 17.9 points and 338.1 yards per game. Kyle Harmon leads the San Jose State Spartans with 71 tackles, Cade Hall has 10 sacks and Tre Jenkins has two interceptions.
The Cardinals are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Cardinals last 5 games overall. The under is 5-0 in Spartans last 5 games overall.
The San Jose State Spartans have obviously been the better team all season long, as they ran the table in a competitive MWC and have allowed no more than 24 points in seven games. However, the Ball State Cardinals are riding a solid six-game winning streak and have an offense that’s pretty explosive. Motivation is also a major factor in bowl games, and Ball State has a chance to win a bowl game for the first time in school history. Ball State will be up for this contest for that reason alone.
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