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Broncos battle Cardinals in Week 9 odds

Ball State CardinalsWestern Michigan Broncos
Oct 29, 2:00 PM | Turf of Waldo Stadium

Ball State Cardinals vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds

5-3TEAM RECORD4-4

Ball State visits Western Michigan on Saturday, hoping to send the Broncos to a loss while also covering the spread in NCAAF action at Waldo Stadium.

They battle the Cardinals, currently with a 5-3 mark (4-4 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 4-4 for the Broncos and 4-4 for the Cardinals.

View Ball State vs Western Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Bettors looking to side with the Broncos in this one will find them as 12.5-point favorites. Check back soon to see where the over under opens.

Power Rankings / Prediction: This game matches up the No. 52 (Broncos) and the No. 115 (Cardinals) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 30-16 result in favor of the Broncos is predicted by handicapping models.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Western Michigan's No. 65-ranked offense (28.4 PPG) against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 96 at 31.8 PPG. The Broncos passing attack has averaged 270.9 yards per game, more than the Cardinals give up through the air (268.2 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 59-rated road run defense, allowing 161.7 yards per game. Western Michigan, meanwhile, ranks No. 25 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, Ball State was a 31-27 winner at home against Central Michigan. They covered the 3–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (58) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Western Michigan lost its last outing, a 14-10 result against Eastern Michigan on October 22. Western Michigan failed to cover in that game as a 12-point favorite, while the 24 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing in October are 3-7
When playing on turf are 7-3
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 5-5

Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 6-4

A few Cardinals at Broncos trends to consider:
Ball State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Michigan
Ball State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Western Michigan
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 7 games when playing Western Michigan
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Ball State's last 10 games on the road
Western Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Michigan's last 7 games when playing Ball State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Michigan's last 6 games
Western Michigan is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Ball State

Next up:
Ball State at Eastern Michigan, Saturday, November 5
Western Michigan at Toledo, Tuesday, November 8