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    At Waldo Stadium on Saturday, the Western Michigan Broncos (1-3) take on the Ball State Cardinals (1-3).

    The Broncos are slight favorites (-1.5) in their matchup versus the Cardinals, with the over/under being 50 points. (In terms of the moneyline, the Broncos are -124 and the Cardinals are +104.)

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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 -1.5 -109 -111 50 -111 -109 -124 +104

    Western Michigan Pick Insights

    • Western Michigan is 2-2-0 against the spread this season.
    • In games it has played as at least 1.5-point favorites this season, Western Michigan is 1-0 against the spread.
    • Out of Western Michigan’s four games with a set total, two have hit the over (50%).

    Western Michigan Stats & Insights

    • Western Michigan is compiling 364.8 yards per game on offense (87th in the FBS), and rank 108th on defense, yielding 415.3 yards allowed per game.
    • With 20.8 points per game (23rd-worst) and 38.8 points allowed per game on defense (sixth-worst), Western Michigan has been playing poorly on both sides of the ball this season.
    • While Western Michigan’s pass defense ranks 80th with 233.5 passing yards allowed per game,the offense has been less successful, ranking 19th-worst (169 passing yards per game).
    • Despite sporting a bottom-25 run defense that ranks 22nd-worst in the FBS (181.8 rushing yards allowed per game), Western Michigan has had more success on the other side of the ball, ranking 31st in the FBS by averaging 195.8 rushing yards per game.
    • Western Michigan is posting a 39.1% third-down conversion rate on offense, which ranks them 82nd in the FBS. On defense, the defense ranks 100th, giving up a 44% third-down percentage.
    • With six forced turnovers (57th in the FBS) against seven turnovers committed (82nd in the FBS), Western Michigan (-1) owns the 81st-ranked turnover margin in college football.

    Western Michigan’s Best Players

    • Treyson Bourguet has racked up 348 yards (87 ypg) on 27-of-54 passing with one touchdown compared to one interception this season.
    • The team’s top rusher, Jalen Buckley, has carried the ball 81 times for 501 yards (125.3 per game), scoring four times.
    • Zahir Abdus-Salaam has piled up 149 yards on 45 attempts, scoring one time.
    • Kenneth Womack’s leads his squad with 144 yards as a receiver. He’s racked up that yardage on 12 catches (out of 21 targets).
    • Anthony Sambucci has hauled in six receptions totaling 134 yards, finding the end zone one time as a receiver so far this campaign.
    • Blake Bosma has a total of 97 receiving yards so far this year, grabbing five passes.
    • Mason Nelson has racked up two sacks to pace the team, while also picking up two TFL and six tackles.
    • Tate Hallock has been all over the field, leading the team in both tackles and interceptions. He has 29 tackles, one TFL, and two interceptions so far.

    Ball State Betting Insights

    • Ball State is winless against the spread so far this year in three games with a set total.
    • Ball State is 0-2-1 against the spread when an underdog by 1.5 points or more this season.
    • One of Ball State’s three games with a set total 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 89th in the FBS with 383.5 total yards surrendered per contest.
    • This season has been difficult for Ball State on both sides of the ball, as it is averaging only 16.3 points per contest (ninth-worst) and allowing 34 points per game (17th-worst).
    • Ball State ranks 17th-worst in passing yards per game (166.8), but it has been more productive on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 106th in the FBS with 262 passing yards ceded per contest.
    • Ball State is putting up 118.5 rushing yards per contest on offense this season (105th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is giving up 121.5 rushing yards per contest (54th-ranked) on defense.
    • With a 36.2% third-down conversion percentage on offense, Ball State ranks 98th in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 93rd, giving up a 42.9% third-down rate.
    • After forcing five turnovers (76th in the FBS) and turning the ball over eight times (102nd in the FBS) this season, Ball State owns the 103rd-ranked turnover margin of -3.

    Ball State’s Best Players

    • Kadin Semonza has compiled 480 yards (120 per game) while completing 61% of his passes and recording three touchdown passes with five interceptions this season.
    • Marquez Cooper has run for 234 yards on 58 carries so far this year while scoring one time on the ground.
    • Kiael Kelly has racked up 87 yards (on 23 carries).
    • Tanner Koziol has racked up 156 receiving yards on 19 catches to pace his squad so far this season while scoring one touchdown as a receiver.
    • Qian Magwood has put up a 131-yard season so far. He’s caught 15 passes on 21 targets.
    • 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 picking up three TFL and 10 tackles.
    • Keionte Newson is the team’s tackle leader this year. He’s amassed 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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