Ball State Cardinals (3-6) at Western Michigan Broncos (5-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 5, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -14.5 -- Over/Under:
The Ball State Cardinals will travel to Waldo Stadium to taken on the Western Michigan Broncos this Thursday night in College Football action.
The Ball State Cardinals snapped their four game losing streak and improved to 3-6 (2-3 MAC West) on the season after defeating the Massachusetts Minutemen, 20-10, this past Saturday. Ball State was led by their defensive that was able keep UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel and WR Tajae Sharpe in check for the game and hold UMass to one of their lowest scoring outputs of the season. On the season, Ball State is averaging 25.4 ppg on 402.4 yards per game (237.8 passing, 164.7 rushing). Leading the way for Ball State was WR KeVonn Mabon who had 6 receptions for 150 yards and a TD in the victory. Leading the way for the Ball state offense has been QB Riley Neal who has completed 60.3% of his passes for 1797 yards (224.6 yards/game), 12 TD, and 3 INT. Jordan Williams (6.4 rec/game, 83.7 yards/game, 6 TD) and KeVonn Mabon (5.4 rec/game, 59.6 yards/game, 1 TD) have led the way for the Cardinals receivers. The Ball State rushing attack is led by Darian Green (13.11 att/game, 70.00 yards/game, 4 TD) and James Gilbert (12.89 att/game, 51.89 yards/game, 8 TD). Defensively, Ball State is allowing their opponents to average 31.1 ppg on 480.2 yards per game (293.7 passing, 186.5 rushing). Ball State has committed just 10 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of plus 5. Leading the way defensively for the Cardinals has been LB Sean Wiggins who has 70 tackles, 2.0 sacks, and 2 INT.
The Western Michigan Broncos remained a perfect 4-0 in conference play and improved to 5-3 on the season after defeating the Eastern Michigan Eagles 58-28 this past Saturday. Western Michigan was able to outgain Eastern Michigan by a 595-489 margin and forced the Eagles into committing 4 turnovers. Leading the way for the Broncos was RB Jamauri Bogan who had 61 yards and 4 TD on 8 carries. On the season, Western Michigan is averaging 36.0 ppg on 457.6 yards per game (268.1 passing, 189.5 rushing). Leading the way for the Western Michigan offensive has been has been QB Zach Terrell who has completed 69.5% of his passes for 2045 yards (255.6 yards/game), 20 TD, and 6 INT. The ground game for the Broncos have been led by Jarvion Franklin (15.75 att/game, 77.50 yards/game, 4 TD) and Jamauri Bogan (10.13 att/game, 59.38 yards/game, 7 TD). Western Michigan has one of the best WR in the College Football in Daniel Braverman who has 11 TD on the season and is averaging 10.0 receptions for 115.9 yards per game. WR Corey Davis has also been solid he has 5 TDs and is averaging 6.1 receptions for 83.6 yards/game on the season. Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 29.0 ppg on 418.9 yards (239.0 passing, 179.9 rushing). Western Michigan currently has a plus 2 turnover margin on the season and is led defensively by LB Asantay Brown who has 66 tackles, 1.0 sack, and 2 INT.
The Cardinals are 46-19 ATS in their last 65 road games however just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in November. The Broncos are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November.
Western Michigan is one of the best teams in the MAC this season and has many weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Ball State was able to snap their losing streak against UMass and although they are only 3-6 on the season, they played well in losses against Northwestern and Toledo this season. Ball State is going to have trouble containing the Broncos offensive however, I think Riley Neal and the Cardinals offense will be able to put up enough points against the average Western Michigan defensive to cover this spread. Take Ball State and the points in this one.