Bulls open as underdog vs Cardinals
Buffalo Bulls vs Ball State Cardinals Odds
The NCAAF betting menu features a clash between Ball State and Buffalo on Saturday, with the host Cardinals trying to win both for fans supporting them and bettors backing them.
They will face the 1-1 Bulls, who own a 2-0 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Cardinals are 0-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bulls are 0-2 favoring the OVER.
Betting Line: If you're going with the Cardinals in this one, they're listed as 4-point favorites on the betting line for the contest. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 999 for Monday.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The game pits the Cardinals, currently No. 89 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Bulls, who rate No. 64 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 28-12 victory for the Bulls.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ball State's #104-ranked offense (17 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks #50 at 21 PPG. The Cardinals passing attack has averaged 160.5 yards per game, more than the Bulls give up through the air (146.5 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's #67-rated road run defense, allowing 231 yards per game. Ball State, meanwhile, ranks #36 in rushing offense at home.
Buffalo won its last outing, a 35-7 result against Stony Brook on September 10. Buffalo covered in that game as a 9.5-point favorite, while the 42 combined points took the game UNDER the total.
Ball State was a 37-7 loser in its last match on the road against South Florida. They failed to cover the 20.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 44 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Buffalo Bulls Trends:
When playing in September are 3-7
When playing on turf are 2-8
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 3-7
Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing in September are 2-8
When playing on turf are 4-6
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 4-6
A few Bulls at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games on the road
Buffalo is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Buffalo is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Ball State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Ball State's last 9 games
Ball State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Buffalo home to Connecticut, Saturday, September 24
Ball State home to Army, Saturday, September 24