Western Michigan Broncos vs. Ball State Cardinals Picks and Prediction – September 10

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MAC opponents will clash when the Western Michigan Broncos (0-1) battle the Ball State Cardinals (0-1).

Western Michigan vs. Ball State Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Western Michigan as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, Western Michigan has -248 odds to pick up the win, while Ball State is listed at +200 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 52 points.


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Game Info

How to Watch Western Michigan vs. Ball State Live?

  • Game Day: Saturday, September 10, 2022
  • Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Muncie, Indiana
  • Stadium: Scheumann Stadium

Betting Preview

Western Michigan

  • Last year, Western Michigan averaged 4.1 more points per game (32.5) than Ball State allowed (28.4).
  • The Broncos were 3-2 against the spread and 4-1 overall in games when they scored more than 28.4 points last season.
  • Western Michigan collected 467.7 yards per game last season, 48.3 more yards than the 419.4 Ball State allowed per contest.
  • In games that the Broncos churned out over 419.4 yards last season, the team was 3-3 against the spread and 5-2 overall.
  • Last year Western Michigan piled up 214.1 yards per game on the ground, 37.7 more than Ball State allowed per outing (176.4).
  • Last season the Broncos had a 3-2 ATS record and a 5-1 overall record in games the team ran for over 176.4 yards.

Ball State

  • Last season Ball State averaged 4.1 fewer points per game (24.1) than Western Michigan allowed (28.2).
  • The Cardinals were 2-3 against the spread and 4-1 overall in games when they scored more than 28.2 points last year.
  • Ball State averaged only 7.5 more yards per game (338.3) than Western Michigan gave up (330.8) per matchup last year.
  • When the Cardinals churned out more than 330.8 yards last year, the team was 2-3 against the spread and 4-1 overall.
  • Last year Ball State ran for 13.8 fewer yards per game (130.7) than Western Michigan allowed per contest (144.5).
  • The Cardinals had a 1-4 ATS record and a 3-2 overall record when the team rushed for more than 144.5 yards last season.

Western Michigan vs. Ball State Betting Analysis

Western Michigan Betting Insights

  • Western Michigan’s record against the spread last year was 5-6-1.
  • Western Michigan went 3-4-1 as at least 6.5-point favorites last season.
  • The Broncos finished with a 6-4 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite last season (winning 60% of those games).
  • The Broncos went 3-2 last year (winning 66.7% of their games) when playing as a moneyline favorite of -248 or shorter.
  • There were six Western Michigan games (out of 12) that went over the total last season.

Cardinals Betting Insights

  • Ball State had four wins in 13 games against the spread last year.
  • Ball State had two wins ATS (2-2) as a 6.5-point underdog or greater last year.
  • Last season, the Cardinals were the underdog seven times and won two of those games.
  • The Cardinals were 1-0 last season when entering a game as the underdog by +200 or more on the moneyline.
  • There were four Ball State games (out of 13) that went over the total last year.

Western Michigan vs. Ball State Against The Spread & Betting Records

Western Michigan

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 61.1 61.7 60.5
Implied Total AVG 35.8 36.7 34.8
ATS Record 5-6-1 3-3-0 2-3-1
Over/Under Record 6-6-0 4-2-0 2-4-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 6-4 4-2 2-2
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-1 0-0 1-1


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 56.1 55.1 57.2
Implied Total AVG 33.2 32.4 34.2
ATS Record 4-9-0 2-5-0 2-4-0
Over/Under Record 4-9-0 1-6-0 3-3-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 3-2 1-1 2-1
Moneyline Underdog Record 2-5 1-3 1-2

Last Season’s Leaders

Western Michigan

  • As a playmaker on defense, Corvin Moment collected 63 tackles, 13.0 TFL, and four sacks in 13 games last year.
  • In 13 games in 2021, Ali Fayad registered 36 tackles, 12.0 TFL, and 11.5 sacks.
  • Zaire Barnes posted 2.5 sacks to go with 5.0 TFL and 58 tackles in 13 games played a season ago.
  • Ryan Selig registered 3.5 sacks to go with 5.0 TFL, 51 tackles, and one interception in 13 games.


  • Last year Bryce Cosby totaled 101 tackles, 9.0 TFL, four sacks, and two interceptions in 13 games.
  • Jaylin Thomas, who played in 13 games, registered 6.0 TFL, 85 tackles, and four interceptions.
  • Clayton Coll helped on defense with two interceptions to go along with 89 tackles, 3.0 TFL, two sacks, and three passes defended in 13 games.
  • With 1.0 TFL and 65 tackles, Brett Anderson II made a big difference on D.

Western Michigan vs. Ball State Predictions and Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is Western Michigan, and we expect that Ball State will cover the spread (Western Michigan -6.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 52 points.

Western Michigan vs. Ball State betting card

    Pick ATS:

    Cardinals (+6.5)

    Pick OU:

    Over (52)

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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