MAC rivals will meet when the Central Michigan Chippewas (1-4) meet the Ball State Cardinals (2-3).
Central Michigan vs. Ball State Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 7.5 points, with bookmakers listing Central Michigan as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, Central Michigan has -290 odds to pick up the win, while Ball State is listed at +227 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 63.5 points.
How to Watch Central Michigan vs. Ball State Live?
- Game Day: Saturday, October 8, 2022
- Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
- Stadium: Kelly/Shorts Stadium
Central Michigan is putting up 412.2 yards per game on offense this season (66th in the FBS), and are allowing 411.4 yards per game (98th) on the defensive side of the ball. Central Michigan owns the 82nd-ranked scoring offense this year (28.0 points per game), and has been less effective defensively, ranking 23rd-worst with 33.4 points allowed per game. With 267.2 passing yards allowed per game on defense, which ranks 23rd-worst in the FBS, Central Michigan has been forced to rely on their 26th-ranked passing offense (290.0 passing yards per contest) to keep them competitive. Central Michigan ranks 105th in run offense (122.2 rushing yards per game) and 73rd in run defense (144.2 rushing yards allowed per game) this season. Central Michigan ranks 96th in third-down efficiency (35.1%) on offense and 46th in third-down conversion rate allowed (34.6%) on defense this season. With three forced turnovers (119th in the FBS) against 11 turnovers committed (112th in the FBS), Central Michigan (-8) has the 100th-ranked turnover margin in college football.
Ball State’s defense has been bottom-25 in total defense this season, allowing 432.2 total yards per game, which ranks 20th-worst. On the offensive side of the ball, it ranks 37th with 448.4 total yards per contest. Ball State has not been getting things done defensively, ranking 20th-worst with 33.6 points allowed per game. It has been more productive on the other side of the ball, regstering 27.6 points per contest (84th-ranked). Ball State’s pass offense has been dominant, posting 303.6 passing yards per contest (17th-best) this season. On defense, it ranks 72nd by allowing 230.6 passing yards per game. Ball State’s defense has been a bottom-25 unit in run defense this season, ceding 201.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks 11th-worst in the FBS. Offensively, it ranks 81st with 144.8 rushing yards per contest. Ball State ranks 64th in the FBS with a 40.3% third-down conversion percentage on offense, and 78th with a 39.0% third-down percentage allowed on defense. At 0, Ball State sports the 100th-ranked turnover margin in the FBS, with eight forced turnovers (45th in the FBS) and eight turnovers committed (77th in the FBS).
Central Michigan vs. Ball State Betting Analysis
Central Michigan Betting Insights
Central Michigan is 2-2-1 against the spread this season. Central Michigan has yet to cover a spread (0-0-1) when playing as at least 7.5-point favorites. Central Michigan games have gone over the total twice this season. The Chippewas have been the moneyline favorite just one other time so far this season, a game they lost. The Chippewas have yet to play a game with moneyline odds of -290 or shorter.
Cardinals Betting Insights
Ball State has covered the spread twice over five games with a set number. Ball State has yet to cover the spread when playing as at least 7.5-point underdogs (0-2). Games involving Ball State have hit the over on three occasions this year. The Cardinals have won one of the three games they’ve played as underdogs this season. The Cardinals have been at least a +227 moneyline underdog two times this season, but lost all of those games.
Central Michigan vs. Ball State Against The Spread & Betting Records
|Point Total AVG||58.6||58.5||58.7|
|Implied Total AVG||39.6||41.0||38.7|
|Moneyline Favorite Record||0-1||0-1||0-0|
|Moneyline Underdog Record||0-3||0-0||0-3|
|Point Total AVG||59.3||54.2||67.0|
|Implied Total AVG||37.4||32.3||45.0|
|Moneyline Favorite Record||1-0||1-0||0-0|
|Moneyline Underdog Record||1-2||1-1||0-1|
Players to Watch
- As part of the Chippewas’ defensive unit, Thomas Incoom has compiled 14 tackles, 5.0 TFL, and four sacks in five games.
- Trey Jones has helped carry the Chippewas’ defense with 2.0 TFL, 22 tackles, and one interception in five games.
- Ronald Kent Jr. has helped spur the Chippewas’ defense with 22 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and one pass defended in five games.
- An important piece of the Chippewas’ defensive unit, John Wesley Whiteside has 12 tackles, 4.0 TFL, and 0.5 sacks in five games.
- As a key defensive contributor, the Cardinals’ Jaquan Amos has totaled 28 tackles, 3.0 TFL, and one interception in five games.
- The Cardinals’ Cole Pearce has compiled 1.5 sacks to go with 2.0 TFL and 17 tackles in five games.
- The Cardinals’ Malcolm Lee has delivered 22 tackles in five games.
- Jordan Riley-Scott has recorded 1.0 sack to go with 1.0 TFL and 17 tackles in five games for the Cardinals.
Central Michigan vs. Ball State Predictions and Pick
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Our prediction to win this contest is Central Michigan, and we predict that Central Michigan will cover the spread (Central Michigan -7.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 63.5 points.