Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-3) vs. Ball State Cardinals (4-3)
October 22, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Ball State Cardinals -2.5 / Eastern Michigan Eagles +2.5; Over/Under: +57.5
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The Ball State Cardinals and Eastern Michigan Eagles clash Saturday in a week 8 MAC college football game from Scheumann Stadium.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles will look to rebound from a 39-10 loss at the hands of Northern Illinois last time out. Taylor Powell’s thrown for 1.171 yards, 8 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 63.3% passing while Samson Evans leads the Eagles in rushing with 634 yards and 6 TDs this season. Tanner Knue leads EMU’s receiving corps with 24 catches for 361 yards and 5 touchdowns while Darius Lassiter has 254 receiving yards and Hassan Beydoun has 212 receiving yards as well. Four other EMU receivers have 100+ receiving yards on the year. On defense, Chase Kline has a team-high 60 total tackles to lead the Eagles’ defense this season.Jose Ramirez has a team-high 7 sacks as well for EMU on the year.
The Ball State Cardinals will look to build on their current three-game win streak after a 25-21 win over UConn last time out. John Paddock has thrown for 1,807 yards, 12 touchdowns and 7 picks on 61.9% passing while Carson Steele’s rushed for a team-high 789 yards and 8 touchdowns. Jayshon Jackson has a team-high 50 grabs for 567 receiving yards while Yo’Heinz Tyler has 38 catches for 356 receiving yards. Three other Cardinals have 200+ receiving yards as well this season with Brady Hunt logging 241 receiving yards and 3 scores while Tanner Koziol has 5 TDs this year. On defense, Clayton Coll has a team-high 57 total tackles while Jordan Riley has 56 total tackles with a team-high 35 solo tackles. Cole Pearce and Tavion Woodard each have a team-high 2.5 sacks as well this season.
Eastern Michigan is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 27-12 ATS in their last 39 road games while the over is 14-5 In their last 19 road games. Ball State is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
I get the case to be made either way in this game, as EMU is much more desirable in the underdog and road underdog role, but they also got shellacked in their last game and haven’t had a ton of success against Ball State in recent years. That being said, I like the over here, as it’s hit In five of the last six meetings and eight of the last ten between the two and I also don’t trust either defense as far as I can throw them. I look for this to be a back and forth game where both go up and down the field so give me the over in this one.