Ball State Cardinals (3-5) at Ohio Bobcats (4-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 25, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ohio Bobcats -10 -- Over/Under:
The Ohio Bobcats host the Ball State Cardinals in MAC college football on Thursday.
The Ball State Cardinals Bowl hopes took a huge hit in a 42-20 defeat to visiting Eastern Michigan as a three point home dog. Ball Sate fell short in yardage 420-384 and had two turnovers and were whistled for nine penalties.
Cardinals quarterback Riley Neal completed 21-39 for 157 yards and a touchdown along with an interception while rushing 13 times for 77 yards with a trip to the end zone.
Willie Jones exploded for an 80 scoring run and James Gilbert managed 41 yards on 13 attempts while Ball State saw Justin Hall catch ten throws for 81 yards.
The Ohio Bobcats have been a score first squad in 2018-19 and that trend continued in week eight with their defense showing some bite in a 49-14 rout of Bowling Green as a 16 point home favorite. Ohio racked up nearly 600 yards and limited the Falcons to 314 yards.
Bobcats quarterback Nathan Rourke connected on 8-12 for 193 yards and four touchdowns while running for 101 yards on ten totes including a 20 yard scoring run.
Ohio received 116 rushing yards from Maleek Irons while AJ Ouellette added 81 yards on 14 touches. Papi White topped the Bobcats in receiving with two receptions for 92 with both being scores while Andrew Meyer caught a 24 yard scoring strike.
Over is 4-0 in Ball State Cardinals last 4 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game and Ball State Cardinals are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games in October and over is 8-2 in Ball State Cardinals last 10 Thursday games. Ohio Bobcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and over is 4-0 in Ohio Bobcats last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game and over is 4-0 in Oho Bobcats last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points. Home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Bobcats have shown some defense the past several weeks and combined with their potent offense adds up to a cover versus Ball State…