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Cardinals host Rockets in Week 5 action

Toledo RocketsBall State Cardinals
2-2September 28, 2013, 03:00 | Scheumann Stadium3-1

Scheumann Stadium features a battle between the host Ball State Cardinals and the visiting Toledo Rockets in betting action Saturday.

They bring a 3-1 record (3-1 ATS) to the Week 5 battle against the 2-2 Rockets, who are 3-1 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen Ball State go 3-1 so far and the Rockets go 0-4.

View Toledo Rockets vs Ball State Cardinals Odds and Stats.

The Rockets were listed as 1-point Underdog on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 70-rated Rockets taking on the No. 31-rated Cardinals in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 44-27 win for the Cardinals on Saturday.

Toledo won its last outing, a 38-17 result against Central Michigan on September 21. Toledo covered in that game as a 13.5-point favorite, while the 55 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Central Michigan was unable to contain David Fluellen in its last action Saturday and the result was a 38-17 Week 4 loss against the Rockets. In their last game, Ball State's aerial attack generated 317 yards and the Cardinals came away with a 51-20 victory over Eastern Michigan at Rynearson Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ball State's No. 19-ranked offense (42.25 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 64 at 25 PPG. The Cardinals passing attack has averaged 336 yards per game, more than the Rockets give up through the air (226.25 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Rockets feature the league's No. 81-rated road run defense, allowing 217.5 yards per game. Ball State, meanwhile, ranks No. 112 in rushing offense at home.

A few Rockets at Cardinals trends to consider:
Toledo is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toledo's last 5 games
Toledo is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Toledo is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Ball State is 17-6 ATS in its last 23 games
Ball State is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Ball State's last 22 games
Ball State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Toledo at Western Michigan, Saturday, October 5th
Ball State at Virginia, Saturday, October 5th