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Ball State vs. FAU - 9/14/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
FAU at Ball State
Date & Time Saturday September 14, 2019, 2:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Scheumann Stadium
Muncie, IN
The Line
Florida Atlantic -2.5 -- O/U: 65
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Florida Atlantic Owls and the Ball State Cardinals meet in a week 3 college football matchup from Scheumann Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Florida Atlantic Owls will look to pick up their first win of the year after falling to 0-2 with a 48-14 loss at the hands of in-state rival UCF in their last outing. Chris Robison has thrown for 355 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 40 of 74 passing for a 54.1% completion percentage while Larry McCammon III leads FAU in rushing with 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Harrison Bryant leads FAU in receiving with 130 receiving yards and 10 catches while John Raine has a team-high 11 catches this season. Defensively, Rashad Smith leads FAU with 18 tackles and Quarn Hafiz is right behind with 16 tackles while Akileis Leroy has 14 tackles and a pair of sacks this season. As a team, FAU is averaging 271 yards of total offense and 17.5 points per game this season.

The Ball State Cardinals will look to build on their first victory of the season coming in the form of a 57-29 win over Fordham last time out. Drew Pitt has thrown for 737 yards, 8 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 58 of 81 passing for a 71.6% completion percentage while Caleb Huntley leads Ball State in rushing with 145 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Riley Miller leads Ball State with 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Antwan Davis has 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Walter Fletcher and Justin Hall each have 122 receiving yards with Hall leading Ball State with 12 receptions this season. Defensively, Ray Wilborn leads Ball State with 16 tackles while James Jennette III has a pair of sacks this season. As a team, Ball State is averaging 497 yards of total offense and 40.5 points per game this season.

Florida Atlantic is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games overall. Ball State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 10-22 ATS in their last 32 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 non-conference games.

Normally I’m not trying to lay points with a winless team on the road, especially when Ball State has been putting up some solid offensive showings. However, Ball State’s loss came to Indiana, while FAU has played Ohio State and UCF, two opponents that are miles ahead of the Hoosiers. FAU also has a reputation for being an offensive team, and I think this is the game where that reputation finally comes out, so I’ll lay the field goal with the Owls to pick up their first win of the season.

Pick:
FAU -2.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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