Cardinals face Chippewas in Week 8 odds
Ball State Cardinals vs Central Michigan Chippewas Odds
The visiting Cardinals hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Kelly/Shorts Stadium against the Chippewas.
The Chippewas sport records of 2-4 and 1-5 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Cardinals sit at 4-3 and 5-2 ATS on the season. The over under records are 3-1-1 for the Chippewas and 5-2 for the Cardinals.
Betting Line: Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Cardinals listed as 3-point favorites earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under line was unavaiilable earlier in the week.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Chippewas rated this week at No. 71 and the Cardinals sitting at No. 79. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 31-19 result in favor of the Cardinals this week.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Central Michigan's No. 85-ranked offense (24.8 PPG) against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 107 at 35.4 PPG. The Chippewas passing attack has averaged 241.2 yards per game, less than the Cardinals give up through the air (283.6 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 53-rated road run defense, allowing 151.7 yards per game. Central Michigan, meanwhile, ranks No. 85 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Ball State was a 30-24 winner at home against Western Michigan. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (54) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Western Michigan was unable to contain Jahwan Edwards in its last action Saturday and the result was a 30-24 Week 7 loss against the Cardinals.
Central Michigan lost its last outing, a 31-13 result against Navy on October 12. Central Michigan failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 44 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Chippewas suffered a Week 7 loss against Navy in their last game, falling 31-13 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing in October are 3-7
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 5-5
Central Michigan Chippewas Trends:
When playing in October are 2-8
When playing on turf are 3-7
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing within the conference are 2-8
A few Cardinals at Chippewas trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Ball State's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ball State's last 6 games when playing Central Michigan
Ball State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Central Michigan
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Central Michigan's last 6 games when playing Ball State
Central Michigan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Ball State
Central Michigan is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Central Michigan is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Ball State
Ball State at Army, Saturday, October 27
Central Michigan home to Akron, Saturday, October 27