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Ball State CardinalsArmy Black Knights
Oct 27, 12:00 PM | Turf of Michie Stadium

Ball State Cardinals vs Army Black Knights Odds


Getting a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for the Cardinals on Saturday when they take on the Black Knights at Michie Stadium in Week 9 action.

The Black Knights sit at 1-6 (2-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Cardinals are currently 5-3 (6-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Army is 4-2 OU, and Ball State is 6-2 OU.

View Ball State vs Army Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Black Knights were listed as 2.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks such as Bovada on the college football lines. The total was sittign at 67.5 at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Black Knights - Cardinals odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to power ranks. Army is rated No. 102 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Cardinals sit at No. 73. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 32-20 win for the Cardinals.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Army's No. 84-ranked offense, averaging 25.1 PPG, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 104 this week at 34.8 PPG. The Black Knights aerial game is averaging 66.9 yards per game, less than the Cardinals secondary allows through the air, 290.5 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cardinals own the league's No. 41-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 140.5 yards per game when on the road. Army, on the other hand, rates No. 1 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

In their last action, Ball State was a 41-30 winner on the road against Central Michigan. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (71) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Jahwan Edwards ran through the Central Michigan defense for 128 yards in Ball State's last game, handing the Chippewas a 41-30 setback on Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Army was a 48-38 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Eastern Michigan. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (86) made winners of OVER bettors. In their last game, Army got a 212-yard performance from Trent Steelman, but Eastern Michigan prevailed 48-38.

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 4-6

Army Black Knights Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on turf are 3-7
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing outside the conference are 1-9

A few Cardinals at Black Knights 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 11 of Ball State's last 13 games
Ball State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Ball State is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Army is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Army is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Army is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games

Next up:
Ball State at Toledo, Tuesday, November 6
Army home to Air Force, Saturday, November 3