Ball St. vs. Northwestern Odds
No. 17 Northwestern looks to close out a strong non-conference season with another win on Saturday when it hosts Ball State at 8PM ET on the Big Ten Network.
According to oddsmakers at GTBets, Northwestern is the clear favorite in this game, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -20 points against the Cardinals. The over/under total has been set at 50.5 points. These two have no recent meetings but Ball State has failed to cover in 4 straight non-conference games while Northwestern is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 non-conference contests.
Northwestern is 3-0 on the season, 3-0 against the spread and 3-0 with the under. The Wildcats have picked up wins over Stanford, Eastern Illinois and Duke this season, holding all three to 10 points or less. On the season, Northwestern is giving up just 235 yards per game on defense while posting 365.7 yards per game on offense. Justin Jackson has rushed for 332 yards to lead the offense while quarterback Clayton Thorson has thrown for 327 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Ball State is 2-1 on the season, 1-2 against the spread and 2-1 with the over. The Cardinals own wins over VMI and Eastern Michigan this year while suffering a 56-23 loss to Texas A&M. Ball State is averaging 466.7 yards per game on offense this season while giving up 456.3 yards per contest. Ball State also has a strong ground game, led by Darian Green who has rushed for 334 yards and four touchdowns. Riley Neal has spent the last two games under center and he has 310 passing yards with a touchdown while also rushing for 143 yards and a score.