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Ball State vs. Eastern Michigan - 10/20/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Eastern Michigan Eagles (3-4) at Ball State Cardinals (3-4)
Date & Time Saturday October 20, 2018, 3:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Ball State Cardinals +1 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Eastern Michigan Eagles (3-4) at Ball State Cardinals (3-4)
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Week eight college football brings us to the MAC where the Ball State Cardinals host the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles snapped a four game slide with a 28-26 victory against Toledo in week seven. Eastern Michigan led 28-3 at the half and survived a 20 point Rockets 4th quarter rally. The Eagles managed a 412-376 edge in total yards and needed to stop a two point conversion with 20 seconds remaining. 

Eagles quarterback Mike Glass III completed 6-8 for 100 yards and teamed up with Tyler Weigers who hit on 11-15 for 83 yards.

Glass was even better on the ground with 125 yards on ten touches and a pair of touchdowns while Willie Parker and Jameson Vest combined for 126 yards on 16 totes and a TD each. Gunnar Oakes had the biggest reception for EMU with gain of 42 yards.

The Ball State Cardinals kept their Bowl hopes alive for another week with a 24-23 victory at Central Michigan. A 17-3 4th quarter run carried Ball State who were outgained 388-359 and had the only turnover of the game.

Quarterback Riley Neal had a short but efficient passing game going as he completed 19-26 for 183 yards and a touchdown while using his legs to run for 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 carries.

James Gilbert paced the Cardinals rushing attack with 72 yards on 19 carries while Corey Lacanaria totaled 58 yards on three reception with a 19 yard TD pass.

Under is 4-0 in EMU Eagles last 4 games overall and EMU  Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in October and EMU Eagles are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. Under is 4-0 in Ball State Cardinals last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and under is 7-1 in Ball State Cardinals last 8 games overall and under is 7-1 in Ball State Cardinals last 8 games on fieldturf. Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Ball State and over is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings and road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. 

Both teams play a ton of close games and I expect this to be another but I’m hoping the Eagles get this one…

Pick:
Eastern Michigan -1

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