CMU vs Ball State Betting Preview

The Central Michigan Chippewas opened as huge underdogs for Wednesday's MAC battle with the Ball State Cardinals at Scheumann Stadium in Week 11 college football betting action.

Ball State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Central Michigan, but the Cardinals have been rewarding bettors all season long. CMU meanwhile is 2-12 ATS past 14 games as road underdog.

The Cardinals are 8-1 so far on the season, and 7-2 ATS vs. the number. The Chippewas, meanwhile, are 3-5 and 2-6 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Ball State go 5-4 and the Chippewas go 2-5-1 on the totals.

View Central Michigan Chippewas vs Ball State Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Bettors going with the Cardinals in this game found them listed as 21.5-point favorites on the betting line at 5Dimes earlier in the week. The total was 58 early in the week at BetOnline.

The Cardinals sit at No. 39 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Chippewas are at No. 102 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Cardinals will win this game 41-13.

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Last time out for Central Michigan, they were a 38-17 loser as they battled Northern Illinois at home. Central Michigan failed to cover in the match as a 14.5-point underdog, while 55 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. In their last game, Ball State got a 120-yard performance from Jahwan Edwards as a key part of its 42-24 win over Akron.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ball State's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 39.44 PPG, against a Chippewas defense that ranks No. 103 this week at 33.38 PPG. The Cardinals aerial game is averaging 325.67 yards per game, more than the Chippewas secondary allows through the air, 225.62 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Chippewas own the league's No. 56-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 166.6 yards per game when on the road. Ball State, on the other hand, rates No. 110 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Chippewas at Cardinals trends to consider:
Central Michigan is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Central Michigan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Central Michigan's last 5 games
Central Michigan is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
Ball State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Ball State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Ball State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Ball State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Central Michigan at Western Michigan, Saturday, November 16th
Ball State at Northern Illinois, Wednesday, November 13th

 

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