Golden Flashes host Cardinals in Week 5 action
Ball State Cardinals vs Kent State Golden Flashes Odds
The NCAAF betting menu features a clash between Kent State and Ball State on Saturday, with the host Golden Flashes trying to win both for fans supporting them and bettors backing them.
The Cardinals will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-0 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Flashes are 2-1 ATS. Ball State is 4-0 on the totals; Kent State is 1-1.
Betting Line: Fans backing the Golden Flashes here saw them open at 5Dimes as 2-point underdogs in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)
Power Rankings / Prediction: This game matches up the No. 99 (Golden Flashes) and the No. 101 (Cardinals) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 31-28 result in favor of the Golden Flashes is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kent State's No. 85-ranked offense (26 PPG) against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 106 at 36 PPG. The Golden Flashes passing attack has averaged 186 yards per game, less than the Cardinals give up through the air (323.2 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 48-rated road run defense, allowing 144.5 yards per game. Kent State, meanwhile, ranks No. 111 in rushing offense at home.
Ball State was a 31-27 winner in their most recent outing at home against South Florida. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (58) made winners of OVER bettors. Ball State won its last game, 31-27 over South Florida on Saturday, behind a 135-yard receiving performance from Willie Snead at Scheumann Stadium.
Last time out for Kent State, they were a 23-7 winner as they battled Buffalo on the road. Kent State covered in the match as a 3.5-point underdog, while 30 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Dri Archer ran through the Buffalo defense for 127 yards in Kent State's last game, handing the Bulls a 23-7 setback on Wednesday at UB Stadium.
Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 5-5
Kent State Golden Flashes Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 6-4
A few Cardinals at Golden Flashes trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 5 games on the road
Ball State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Kent State
Ball State is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Kent State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Kent State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Kent State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Ball State
Kent State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Ball State
Ball State home to Northern Illinois, Saturday, October 6
Kent State at Eastern Michigan, Saturday, October 6