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Cavaliers vs Cardinals Betting Matchup Report

Ball State CardinalsVirginia Cavaliers
4-1October 05, 2013, 12:00 | Scott Stadium2-2


The Cardinals will be looking to pick up a win and cover the spread when they take on the Cavaliers in Virginia at Scott Stadium on Saturday in Week 6 action.

Backers of the Cavaliers have seen them go 2-2 and 2-2 ATS so far this season, while the Cardinals are at 4-1 and 4-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Cardinals are 3-2, while the Cavaliers are 2-2.

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Sportsbooks such as Sportsbook.ag had set the Cavaliers as -6-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was 48.5 midweek at BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cavaliers rated this week at No. 86 and the Cardinals sitting at No. 30. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 39-23 result in favor of the Cardinals this week.

Ball State won its last outing, a 31-24 result against Toledo on September 28. Ball State covered in that game as a 1.5-point favorite, while the 55 combined points took the game UNDER the total. In their last game, the Cavaliers were Week 5 losers coming out on the wrong end of 14-3 score against Pittsburgh.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Virginia's No. 101-ranked offense, averaging 20.25 PPG, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 57 this week at 24 PPG. The Cavaliers aerial game is averaging 158.5 yards per game, less than the Cardinals secondary allows through the air, 223.6 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 1-rated road run defense, allowing 8 yards per game. Virginia, meanwhile, ranks No. 63 in rushing offense at home.

A few Cardinals at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Ball State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Ball State is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Ball State's last 23 games
Ball State is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Virginia is 4-13-1 ATS in its last 18 games
Virginia is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia's last 6 games
Virginia is 2-9-2 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Ball State at Kent State, Saturday, October 12th
Virginia at Maryland, Saturday, October 12th