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Central Michigan vs. Ball State - 10/13/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ball State Cardinals (2-4) at Central Michigan Chippewas (1-5)
Date & Time Saturday October 13, 2018, 3:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas -1 -- Over/Under: 49.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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CFB | Ball State Cardinals (2-4) at Central Michigan Chippewas (1-5)
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MAC college football pits the Central Michigan Chippewas against the Ball State Cardinals.

The Ball State Cardinals are in danger of losing their season after a 24-16 loss to visiting Northern Illinois left the team at 2-4. Ball State didn’t get their offense going although they held a slight 391-370 edge in yardage but watched the Huskies roll up 227 rushing yards.
Cardinals quarterback Riley Neal completed 32-56 for 260 yards but no touchdowns while rushing for 16 yards on nine totes.

James Gilbert was the only Ball State runner of significance with 79 yards on 19 carries and a three yard touchdown while Riley Miller and Justin Hall caught 12 passes between them for a combined 124 yards.

The Central Michigan Chippewas have struggled on both sides of the football in 2018 and those struggles continued in a 34-24  defeat to Buffalo as a touchdown home dog. Central Michigan was outgained 434-340 and were mistake prone with ten penalties and four giveaways.

Chippewas quarterback Tommy Lazzaro struggled mightily as he connected on 9-23 for 117 yards and a touchdown with four interceptions while Tony Poljan hit on 5-10 for 55 yards and a TD.

Lazzaro was Central Michigan’s best runner with 102 yards on 18 carries while JaCorey Sullivan totaled four receptions for 74 yards including a scoring catch of 23 yards.

Ball State Cardinals are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games in October and under is 6-1 in Ball State Cardinals last 7 games overall and over is 6-1 in Ball State Cardinals last 7 games following a ATS loss. Over is 6-1 in Central Michigan Chippewas last 7 conference games and Central Michigan
Chippewas are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games and Central Michigan Chippewas are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. Ball State Cardinals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Central Michigan and road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. 

I thought we would see a little more from both squads but I’m looking at the over to have the potential here…

Pick:
over 49.5

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