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Broncos open as underdog vs Cardinals

Ball State CardinalsWestern Michigan Broncos
6-1October 19, 2013, 02:00 | Waldo Stadium0-7

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Broncos host the Cardinals at Waldo Stadium in Week 8 action.

Supporters of the Cardinals have seen them go 6-1 and 5-2 ATS so far this season, while the Broncos are at 0-7 and 2-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Broncos are 2-5, while the Cardinals are 4-3.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Broncos as 21-point underdogs in the matchup, while the betting total had not been set at press time (check the college football odds link for the latest on the over under)..

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Broncos rated this week at No. 114 and the Cardinals sitting at No. 33. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 40-4 result in favor of the Cardinals this week.

In their last action, Ball State was a 27-24 winner at home against Kent State. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (51) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Western Michigan was hammered in its last outing, as Buffalo ran up a 33-0 score against them at Waldo Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Michigan's No. 121-ranked offense, averaging 12.86 PPG, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 50 this week at 24.43 PPG. The Broncos aerial game is averaging 199.29 yards per game, less than the Cardinals secondary allows through the air, 217.86 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 103-rated road run defense, allowing 223.67 yards per game. Western Michigan, meanwhile, ranks No. 98 in rushing offense at home.

A few Cardinals at Broncos trends to consider:
Ball State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Ball State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ball State's last 6 games
Ball State is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Western Michigan is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Western Michigan is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Western Michigan's last 8 games
Western Michigan is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Ball State at Akron, Saturday, October 26th
Western Michigan at Massachusetts, Saturday, October 26th