Western Michigan vs. Ball St. Prediction
Will No. 17 Western Michigan continue its unbeaten season when it hits the road to face Ball State tonight at 8PM ET on ESPN2?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Western Michigan is favored on the road, as the Broncos are getting odds of -17.5 points against Ball State. The over/under total for the game is listed at 61 points. Western Michigan and has four of the last six in this series, but Ball State is 6-3 against the spread in its last nine against the Broncos.
Western Michigan is now 8-0 on the season and 4-0 in the MAC following a 45-31 win over Eastern Michigan on Oct. 22. The Broncos are also 6-2 against the spread for 2016, including 4-0 ATS on the road. Western has a very dynamic offense that is averaging 44 points and 500.9 yards per game. Jarvion Franklin has run for 909 yards and seven touchdowns while Jamauri Bogan has 568 yards and seven scores. Zach Terrell has thrown for 1,995 yards and 20 touchdowns with just one interceptions while Corey Davis has added 49 receptions for 739 yards and 11 scores. Defensively, WMU is giving up just 19.3 points and 353 yards per game.
Ball State is coming off a 35-25 loss at home to Akron on Oct. 22 to fall to 4-4 on the year and 1-3 in the MAC. The Cardinals have lost three of their last four and they are 1-3 against the spread in the MAC despite a 5-3 record ATS in 2016. Ball State is giving up 440.3 yards per game and putting up 440.4 yards per game on offense. Turnovers have been a problem for the offense, as QB Riley Neal has nine interceptions with seven touchdowns while throwing for 1,700 yards. James Gilbert is leading the Ball State offense with 987 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Western Michigan has been pretty consistent offensively this year, as the Broncos have scored at least 41 points in their last five games, including all four MAC contests. Ball State isn’t going to stop the Broncos from continuing that trend. However, WMU shouldn’t have too much trouble keeping Ball State from matching each score. The Cardinals aren’t a bad offense, but have been held to 25 points or less in their three MAC losses, and those were against worse defenses than Western. Look for the Broncos to keep rolling and cover tonight.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 10 PREDICTION: WESTERN MICHIGAN -17.5