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Cardinals visit Zips in Week 9 NCAAF clash

Ball State CardinalsAkron Zips
7-1October 26, 2013, 12:00 | InfoCision Stadium2-6

The Cardinals will be looking to pick up a win and cover the spread when they take on the Zips in Akron at InfoCision Stadium on Saturday in Week 9 action.

The Zips currently sport a record of 2-6, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-4 ATS. The Cardinals are 7-1 and 6-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Zips post a 2-6 over under record this season, while the Cardinals have gone 4-4 against the number.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Akron Zips Odds and Stats.

Fans backing the Zips here saw them open at 5Dimes as 11.5-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.)

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 108-rated Zips and the No. 32-rated Cardinals in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 41-15 win for the Cardinals on Saturday.

In their last action, Ball State was a 38-17 winner on the road against Western Michigan. They covered the 19-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (55) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Keith Wenning throttled the Broncos defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 324 yards as Ball State handed Western Michigan a 38-17 defeat. In their last game, the Zips were Week 8 winners, coming out on top of the RedHawks by a score of 24-17.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Akron's No. 108-ranked offense, averaging 19.62 PPG, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 47 this week at 23.5 PPG. The Zips aerial game is averaging 228 yards per game, more than the Cardinals secondary allows through the air, 216.12 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cardinals own the league's No. 89-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 208.75 yards per game when on the road. Akron, on the other hand, rates No. 118 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Cardinals at Zips trends to consider:
Ball State is 6-0-1 SU in its last 7 games
Ball State is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
Ball State is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Ball State's last 15 games on the road
Akron is 4-20-1 SU in its last 25 games
Akron is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Akron is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Akron's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Ball State at Central Michigan, Wednesday, November 6th
Akron at Kent State, Saturday, November 2nd