Ball State Cardinals (4-4) vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (3-5)
November 1, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -4.5 / Ball State Cardinals +4.5; Over/Under: 62.5
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The Kent State Golden Flashes and Ball State Cardinals do battle Tuesday night in week 10 MAC college football action at Dix Stadium. The Ball State Cardinals look to get a game above a .500 record. The Kent State Golden Flashes look for a win after splitting their last 6 games.
The Ball State Cardinals have split their last 8 road games. John Paddock is completing 61.5 percent of his passes for 1,985 yards, 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Jayshon Jackson and Yo’Heinz Tyler have combined for 989 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Brady Hunt has 25 receptions. The Ball State Cardinals ground game is averaging 145.6 yards per contest, and Carson Steele leads the way with 890 yards and 8 touchdowns. Defensively, Ball State is allowing 28.1 points and 396.5 yards per game. Clayton Coll leads the Ball State Cardinals with 65 tackles, Cole Pearce has 3.5 sacks and Nic Jones has 2 interceptions.
The Kent State Golden Flashes haven’t lost a home game since October 2019. Collin Schlee is completing 59.8 percent of his passes for 1,548 yards, 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Dante Cephas and Devontez Walker have combined for 1,347 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, while Ja’Shaun Poke has 5 receptions. The Kent State Golden Flashes ground game is averaging 205 yards per contest, and Marquez Cooper leads the way with 845 yards and 8 touchdowns. Defensively, Kent State is allowing 32.9 points and 449.4 yards per game. Nico Bolden leads the Kent State Golden Flashes with 72 tackles, Khalib Johns has 4 sacks and Montre Miller has 2 interceptions.
The Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Golden Flashes are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Cardinals last 6 games overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Golden Flashes last 5 games overall. The Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The home team is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
The Ball State Cardinals don’t play much defense and their offense doesn’t finish drives, two things that are sure to give them issues on the road. The Kent State Golden Flashes haven’t lost a home game in 3 years, and they’ve covered a lot of those games as well. Kent State has a top-20 ground game in the country, and this is a spot where it should be able to control the contest and grind out a win by a touchdown or two. Ball State isn’t the team that’s going to end the home streak of Kent State. I’ll lay the chalk.