Western Michigan Broncos vs Ball State Cardinals Odds
The Broncos will be looking to pick up a win and cover the spread when they take on the Cardinals in Ball State at Scheumann Stadium on Saturday in Week 7 action.
Supporters of the Broncos have seen them go 3-3 and 3-3 ATS so far this season, while the Cardinals are at 3-3 and 4-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Cardinals are 5-1, while the Broncos are 2-3.
Betting Line: Bettors going with the Cardinals in this game found them listed as 2-point favorites on the betting line at Sportsbook.ag earlier in the week.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Cardinals at No. 73 and the Broncos at No. 87 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 37-28 result in favor of the Broncos.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ball State's No. 41-ranked offense, averaging 33.7 PPG, against a Broncos defense that ranks No. 57 this week at 24.7 PPG. The Cardinals aerial game is averaging 292 yards per game, more than the Broncos secondary allows through the air, 217.5 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Broncos feature the league's No. 47-rated road run defense, allowing 147.5 yards per game. Ball State, meanwhile, ranks No. 35 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Western Michigan was a 52-14 winner at home against Massachusetts. They covered the 17-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (66) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Massachusetts didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Broncos as Western Michigan blasted them 52-14 in Week 6 action.
Ball State was a 35-23 loser in their most recent outing at home against Northern Illinois. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (58) made winners of UNDER bettors. Keith Wenning's 434-yard performance through the air wasn't enough last time out, as Northern Illinois earned a 35-23 win over Ball State on Saturday at Scheumann Stadium.
Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 6-4
Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing in October are 2-8
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 2-8
When playing within the conference are 4-6
A few Broncos at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Michigan's last 5 games when playing on the road against Ball State
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Western Michigan's last 8 games when playing Ball State
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Western Michigan's last 6 games on the road
Western Michigan is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Ball State's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 5 games when playing at home against Western Michigan
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Ball State's last 8 games when playing Western Michigan
Western Michigan at Kent State, Saturday, October 20
Ball State at Central Michigan, Saturday, October 20