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Black Knights visit Cardinals in Week 4 battle

Army Black KnightsBall State Cardinals
Sep 24, 2:00 PM | Turf of Scheumann Stadium

Army Black Knights vs Ball State Cardinals Odds

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The NCAAF betting menu features a clash between Ball State and Army on Saturday, with the host Cardinals trying to win both for fans supporting them and bettors backing them.

The Black Knights will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 2-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Cardinals are 1-2 ATS. Army is 1-2 on the totals; Ball State is 1-2.

View Army vs Ball State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Oddsmakers opened the Cardinals as 3-point underdogs in the game, while the betting total had not been set at the time of writing.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cardinals rated this week at No. 94 and the Black Knights sitting at No. 57. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 20-18 result in favor of the Cardinals this week.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ball State's No. 95-ranked offense (20.7 PPG) against a Black Knights defense that ranks No. 87 at 28.7 PPG. The Cardinals passing attack has averaged 182.3 yards per game, less than the Black Knights give up through the air (186.7 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Black Knights feature the league's No. 96-rated road run defense, allowing 289 yards per game. Ball State, meanwhile, ranks No. 47 in rushing offense at home.

Last time out for Army, they were a 21-14 winner as they battled Northwestern at home. Army covered in the match as a 5.5-point underdog, while 35 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Ball State won its last outing, a 28-25 result against Buffalo on September 17. Ball State failed to cover in that game as a 4-point favorite, while the 53 combined points took the game OVER the total.

Army Black Knights Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing outside the conference are 5-5

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing in September are 3-7
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 1-9
When playing outside the conference are 2-8

A few Black Knights at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Army's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Army's last 6 games
Army is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Army is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Ball State's last 10 games
Ball State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Ball State is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Army home to Tulane, Saturday, October 1
Ball State at Oklahoma, Saturday, October 1

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