Ball State at Western Michigan: 10/9/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Ball State at Western Michigan: 10/9/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Western Michigan Broncos (4-1) vs Ball State Cardinals (2-3)

Game Info: Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Waldo Stadium)

Betting Odds: Western Michigan Broncos -11 -- Over/Under: 57.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Ball State Cardinals and Western Michigan Broncos face off on Saturday in a MAC college football showdown at Waldo Stadium. In December of 2020, Ball State beat Western Michigan 30-27. 

Ball State is coming off a win, but they have been inconsistent sitting with a 2-3 record. In the last game against Army, Ball State scored 21 points in the first quarter, and that paced them to the victory. The biggest issue for Ball State has been the offense and they haven’t scored more than 31 points in the game. In the three games, Ball State lost they didn’t score more than 13 points. The Cardinals are averaging 19.2 points while their defense is giving up 29.6 points per game. Under center for Ball State is Drew Pitt and he has thrown for 847 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Western Michigan Broncos who opened up their season with a loss against Michigan, but since that game, they have won four games in a row. Western Michigan has a ton of offensive talent, but the defense has been strong giving up only 20 points total over their last two games. Western Michigan is averaging 26.6 points per game while the defense is giving up 21.6 points. The Broncos are good at getting out to fast starts averaging 9.6 points in the first quarter. Under center is Kaleb Eleby and he has thrown for 1,181 yards, nine touchdowns, and zero interceptions. La’Darius Jefferson and Sean Tyler have both rushed for over 360 yards.

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Ball State is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games. Western Michigan is 9-3-1 against the spread in their last 13 home games. The under is 7-1 in Ball State’s last eight games. The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings. 

I don’t trust Ball State’s offense, and that is going to be the difference in this game. The Cardinals are going to struggle to score down Western Michigan, and this game is going to get ugly early. Back Western Michigan to cover the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Western Michgian -11

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