Ball State favored by 3.5 against Indiana on Saturday
Ball State Cardinals vs Indiana Hoosiers Odds
The Hoosiers will do battle with the visiting Ball State Cardinals on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.
This season the Hoosiers are 2-0 overall and 1-1 ATS against the number, while the Cardinals are 1-1 and 2-0 ATS. As for the totals, Indiana is 1-0 on the OU, and Ball State is 2-0.
Betting Line: Fans backing the Hoosiers here saw them open as 3.5-point underdogs in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)
Power Rankings / Prediction: It's a betting matchup between the No. 58-rated Hoosiers and the No. 76-ranked Cardinals, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 52-22 result in favor of the Hoosiers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Indiana's No. 43-ranked offense (34.5 PPG) against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 109 at 39 PPG. The Hoosiers passing attack has averaged 282.5 yards per game, more than the Cardinals give up through the air (279 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 41-rated road run defense, allowing 154 yards per game. Indiana, meanwhile, ranks No. 66 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Ball State was a 52-27 loser on the road against Clemson. They covered the 27-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (79) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Horactio Banks ran through the Clemson defense for 120 yards in Ball State's last game, but the Cardinals still lost a 52-27 decision at Memorial Stadium.
In their last action, Indiana was a 45-6 winner on the road against Massachusetts. They covered the 14-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (51) was profitable news for OVER bettors. In their last game, Indiana got a 105-yard performance from Tre Roberson as a key part of its 45-6 win over Massachusetts.
Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 3-7
Indiana Hoosiers Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on turf are 2-8
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing outside the conference are 7-3
A few Cardinals at Hoosiers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 6 games on the road
Ball State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Ball State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Indiana
Indiana is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Ball State
Indiana is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Indiana is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Ball State home to South Florida, Saturday, September 22
Indiana at Northwestern, Saturday, September 29