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Indiana vs. Ball State - 9/15/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ball State Cardinals (1-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (2-0)
Date & Time Saturday September 15, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -13.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
BTN
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CFB | Ball State Cardinals (1-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (2-0)
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The Ball State Cardinals and Indiana Hoosiers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.

The Ball State Cardinals look for a big road victory to win two of their first three games for the fourth straight season. The Ball State Cardinals haven’t won a road game since October of 2016. Riley Neal is completing 57.5 percent of his passes for 439 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Neal has at least one touchdown pass in nine straight games. Riley Miller and Justin Hall have combined for 225 receiving yards on 21 receptions while Yo'Heinz Tyler has two receptions. The Ball State Cardinals ground game is averaging 242.5 yards per contest, and James Gilbert leads the way with 172 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Ball State is allowing 15 points and 352.5 yards per game. Jaylin Thomas leads the Ball State Cardinals with 13 tackles, Brandon Martin has one sack and Josh Miller has one interception.

The Indiana Hoosiers have a chance to start a season with a 3-0 record for the first time since 2015. The Indiana Hoosiers have won four of their last six home games. Peyton Ramsey is completing 73.5 percent of his passes for 306 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Ramsey has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Donavan Hale and Luke Timian have combined for 198 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Ty Fryfogle has seven receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 225 yards per contest, and Stevie Scott leads the way with 274 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 22 points and 310.5 yards per game. Dameon Willis Jr. leads the Indiana Hoosiers with 12 tackles, Jerome Johnson has one sack and Jonathan Crawford has one interception.

The Cardinals are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games, 55-26 ATS in their last 81 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Hoosiers are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Indiana, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.

The Ball State Cardinals managed to take Notre Dame down to the wire last week, and while they haven't won a road game in almost two full years, they have been solid at covering the number. Indiana has played well through two games and has been improved defensively, while the offense is capable of much more. It's only a matter of time before the Hoosiers start scoring more points. The Indiana Hoosiers are just 4-8-1 ATS in their last 13 games as a double-digit favortie. Still, I'm eating the chalk here. Ball State is sure to have some hangover from last week after a physical game and Indiana is due for that breakout performance after two tight games against decent comp. The Indiana Hoosiers need a comfortable victory to build that confidence heading into Big Ten play. I'll take the home team by two touchdowns.

Pick:
Indiana Hoosiers -13.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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