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NCAAF Matchup - Cardinals Golden Flashes Odds Preview

Kent State Golden FlashesBall State Cardinals
2-4October 12, 2013, 03:00 | Scheumann Stadium5-1

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Cardinals host the Golden Flashes at Scheumann Stadium in Week 7 action.

They bring a 5-1 record (5-1 ATS) to the Week 7 battle against the 2-4 Golden Flashes, who are 2-4 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen Ball State go 4-2 so far and the Golden Flashes go 2-4.

View Kent State Golden Flashes vs Ball State Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Cardinals pegged as -11-point favorites in this matchup. The total, meanwhile, had yet to be posted as of writing - check the lines shortly.

The Cardinals sit at No. 29 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Golden Flashes are at No. 83 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Cardinals will win this game 42-15.

Kent State was a 38-24 loser in their most recent outing at home against Northern Illinois. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (62) made winners of UNDER bettors. Keith Wenning throttled the Cavaliers defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 346 yards as Ball State handed Virginia a 48-27 defeat.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ball State's No. 21-ranked offense (41.33 PPG) against a Golden Flashes defense that ranks No. 86 at 30.33 PPG. The Cardinals passing attack has averaged 337.5 yards per game, more than the Golden Flashes give up through the air (231.5 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Golden Flashes own the league's No. 101-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 223.67 yards per game when on the road. Ball State, on the other hand, rates No. 107 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Golden Flashes at Cardinals trends to consider:
Kent State is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games
Kent State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Kent State is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
Kent State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Ball State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Ball State is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 6 games

Next up:
Kent State at South Alabama, Saturday, October 19th
Ball State at Western Michigan, Saturday, October 19th