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    On Saturday at 3:30 PM ET, the Ball State Cardinals (1-3) will visit the Western Michigan Broncos (1-3).

    The Broncos are favored, but by less than a field goal (-1), versus the Cardinals. The over/under for this matchup is 52 points.

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    Game Info for Western Michigan vs. Ball State

    • Game Day: Saturday, September 30, 2023
    • Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ESPN+
    • Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
    • Stadium: Waldo Stadium
    Western Michigan vs Ball State Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Western Michigan -1 -110 -110 52 -110 -110 -115 -105

    Western Michigan Pick Insights

    • Western Michigan has covered the spread twice in four games this season.
    • Western Michigan is 1-0 against the spread so far when playing as at least 1-point favorites.
    • Western Michigan has hit the over in two of four games with a set total (50%).

    Western Michigan Stats & Insights

    • Western Michigan ranks 88th in total offense (364.8 yards per game) and 107th in total defense (415.3 yards allowed per game) this year.
    • It’s been a difficult stretch for Western Michigan, which ranks 22nd-worst in scoring offense (20.8 points per game) and sixth-worst in scoring defense (38.8 points per game allowed) in 2023.
    • Western Michigan has been a bottom-25 pass offense this season, ranking 19th-worst with 169 passing yards per contest. The defense is ranked 78th in the FBS (233.5 passing yards allowed per game).
    • Despite having a bottom-25 run defense that ranks 22nd-worst in the FBS (181.8 rushing yards allowed per game), Western Michigan has put up better results on the other side of the ball, ranking 32nd in the FBS by totaling 195.8 rushing yards per game.
    • On offense, Western Michigan ranks 82nd in the FBS with a 39.1% third-down conversion rate. Meanwhile, the team’s defense ranks 99th in third-down percentage allowed (181.8).
    • Western Michigan ranks 82nd in college football with a -1 turnover margin after forcing 6 turnovers (54th in the FBS) and committing seven (88th in the FBS).

    Western Michigan’s Best Players

    • Treyson Bourguet has compiled 348 yards (87 ypg) on 27-of-54 passing with one touchdown compared to one interception this season.
    • Jalen Buckley has 501 rushing yards on 81 carries with four touchdowns.
    • Zahir Abdus-Salaam has been handed the ball 45 times this year and racked up 149 yards (37.3 per game) with one touchdown.
    • Kenneth Womack has hauled in 12 catches for 144 yards (36 yards per game) to lead the team so far this season. .
    • Anthony Sambucci has put together a 134-yard season so far with one touchdown, hauling in six passes on 13 targets.
    • Blake Bosma has been the target of 10 passes and racked up five catches for 97 yards, an average of 24.3 yards per contest.
    • Mason Nelson has collected two sacks to lead the team, while also picking up two TFL and six tackles.
    • Tate Hallock has 29 tackles, one TFL, and two interceptions, and leads the team in both tackles and interceptions.

    Ball State Betting Insights

    • Ball State is winless against the spread so far this season (0-2-1).
    • Ball State has not yet covered the spread as underdogs of 1 point or more this year (0-2-1).
    • In Ball State’s three games with a set total, one has hit the over (33.3%).

    Ball State Pick Insights

    • Ball State ranks seventh-worst in total yards per game (285.3), but it has been more effective on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 90th in the FBS with 383.5 total yards surrendered per contest.
    • This season has been hard for Ball State on both sides of the ball, as it is posting just 16.3 points per game (eighth-worst) and ceding 34 points per game (18th-worst).
    • Ball State’s passing offense has been bottom-25 this season, posting 166.8 passing yards per game, which ranks 17th-worst in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 106th with 262 passing yards ceded per contest.
    • From an offensive angle, Ball State is generating 118.5 rushing yards per game (105th-ranked). It ranks 53rd in the FBS defensively (121.5 rushing yards allowed per game).
    • With a 36.2% third-down conversion rate on offense, Ball State ranks 98th in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 94th, surrendering a 42.9% third-down rate.
    • With five forced turnovers (74th in the FBS) and eight turnovers committed (105th in the FBS) this season, Ball State ranks 103rd in the FBS with a turnover margin of -3.

    Ball State’s Best Players

    • Kadin Semonza has thrown for 480 yards (120 ypg) while completing 61% of his passes and collecting three touchdown passes with five interceptions this season.
    • The team’s top rusher, Marquez Cooper, has carried the ball 58 times for 234 yards (58.5 per game) with one touchdown.
    • Kiael Kelly has piled up 23 carries and totaled 87 yards.
    • Tanner Koziol has registered 19 catches this season and his team-high yardage total sits at 156 (39 yards per game). He’s been targeted 30 times and has one touchdown.
    • Qian Magwood has 15 receptions (on 21 targets) for a total of 131 yards (32.8 yards per game) this year.
    • Ty Robinson has racked up 111 reciving yards (27.8 ypg) and one touchdown this season.
    • Sidney Houston Jr. has collected 2.5 sacks to pace the team, while also recording three TFL and 10 tackles.
    • Keionte Newson is the team’s tackle leader this year. He’s collected 13 tackles.
    • Tyler Potts has picked off a team-leading two passes. He also has seven tackles and two passes defended to his name.
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