Ball State vs. Ohio - 10/26/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ball State vs. Ohio
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 1:01 PM (Scheumann Stadium)
BALL -3 O/U 63.5
The Ohio Bobcats come into Saturday’s game against their conference rival, Ball State Cardinals after a big win against Kent State, which saw the Bobcats score late in the game for the 45-38 victory. Quarterback Nathan Rourke had a big day through the air completing 19 of 28 passes for 342 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ohio running back to De’Montre Tuggle had a decent game on the ground, running for 80 yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns. Tuggle also had the late fourth-quarter touchdown that gave Ohio the lead for good. Wide receiver Isaiah Cox also had a big day receiving, catching 4 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.
With the win against Kent State, Ohio improved their record to 3-4. The Ohio offense has been very consistent during the season, scoring 29.9 points per game and has averaged 230 yards passing per game. Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke has led the team in passing yards this season with 1,612 and has thrown for 10 touchdowns against 4 interceptions. Rourke is also the teams lead rusher. On 79 carries he has rushed for 409 yards and 6 touchdowns. The biggest problem with the Ohio Bobcats has been their defense who is averaging giving up 30.7 points per game and 460 yards per game on average.
The Ball State Cardinals are at home for the second week in a row against the Ohio Bobcats after beating Toledo 52-14 last Saturday. Ball State quarterback Drew Plitt was efficient last weekend throwing for 206 yards and completing 11 of the 17 passes for 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Running back Caleb Huntley had a decent day on the ground, carrying the ball 20 times for 118 yards. However, the biggest player for Ball State on Saturday was wide receiver Riley Miller who scored 2 touchdowns on 4 receptions for 87 yards.
Ball State is now 4-3 on the season and 3-0 in conference play. Quarterback Drew Plitt has undoubtedly been Ball State’s best player on the season, throwing for 1,868 yards with 16 touchdowns against 6 interceptions. The Ball State offense has been solid, scoring 34.7 points per game. Their defense isn’t the best part of their game and has bee giving up 27.9 points and 390.3 yards per game on the season.
My pick – I would have to go with Ball State at home. And what should be a good offensive game. Ball State simply has a better offense. Ball State also has a better defense and will not allow the Ohio offense to function as it should be able to win. This one will be close for sure Ball State wins 31-30 but does not cover the spread.