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    The Central Michigan Chippewas (4-3) are in action on Saturday at 3:30 PM ET against the Ball State Cardinals (1-6) at Scheumann Stadium.

    The Chippewas are favored, but by less than a touchdown (-4.5), versus the Cardinals. The over/under for this matchup is 40.5 points.

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    Game Info for Central Michigan vs. Ball State

    • Game Day: Saturday, October 21, 2023
    • Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ESPN+
    • Location: Muncie, Indiana
    • Stadium: Scheumann Stadium
    Central 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
    Central Michigan -4.5 -110 -110 40.5 -110 -110 -195 +161

    Central Michigan Pick Insights

    • Central Michigan is 2-5-0 against the spread this season.
    • Central Michigan has not yet covered the spread as favorites of 4.5 points or more this season (0-3).
    • The teams have hit the over in four of Central Michigan’s seven games with a set total.

    Central Michigan Stats & Insights

    • Central Michigan ranks 107th in total offense (334.4 yards per game) and 103rd in total defense (402.3 yards allowed per game) this year.
    • Central Michigan is averaging 22.7 points per game on offense, which ranks them 104th in the FBS. On the other side of the ball, the defense ranks 103rd, surrendering 30.6 points per game.
    • Despite sporting a bottom-25 pass defense that ranks 14th-worst in the FBS (272.7 passing yards allowed per game), Central Michigan has played better on the other side of the ball, ranking 108th in the FBS by putting up 192.3 passing yards per game.
    • Offensively, Central Michigan ranks 83rd in the FBS with 142.1 rushing yards per game. Meanwhile, the defensive unit ranks 55th in rushing yards allowed per contest (129.6).
    • Central Michigan is averaging a 35.3% third-down percentage on offense (102nd in the FBS), and ranks 73rd defensively with a 39.1% third-down percentage allowed.
    • Central Michigan has forced four total turnovers (125th in the FBS) this season and have turned it over 10 times (74th in the FBS) for a turnover margin of -6, the ninth-worst in college football.

    Central Michigan’s Best Players

    • Jase Bauer leads Central Michigan with 1,060 yards (151.4 ypg) on 96-of-166 passing with four touchdowns and six interceptions this season. He also has 200 rushing yards on 60 carries while scoring seven touchdowns on the ground.
    • Myles Bailey has 358 rushing yards on 86 carries with three touchdowns.
    • Jesse Prewitt III’s leads his squad with 356 yards as a receiver. He’s racked up that yardage on 24 receptions (out of 30 targets) and scored three touchdowns.
    • Chris Parker has hauled in 16 receptions totaling 265 yards, finding the end zone two times as a receiver so far this campaign.
    • Tyson Davis has a total of 186 receiving yards so far this year, grabbing 14 throws and scoring two touchdowns.
    • Jacques Bristol paces the team with 2.5 sacks, and also has three TFL and 16 tackles.
    • Kyle Moretti, Central Michigan’s leading tackler, has 31 tackles, four TFL, and two sacks this year.
    • Elijah Rikard leads the team with one interception, while also recording eight tackles and one pass defended.

    Ball State Betting Insights

    • Ball State has covered the spread once in six games this season.
    • When they have played as at least 4.5-point underdogs this season, the Cardinals are 1-2-1 against the spread.
    • Two of Ball State’s six games with a set total have hit the over (33.3%).

    Ball State Pick Insights

    • Ball State has been sputtering on offense, ranking sixth-worst with 288 total yards per game. It has been better on defense, allowing 374.9 total yards per contest (69th-ranked).
    • Ball State has been sputtering offensively, ranking third-worst in the FBS with 15 points per game. It has been more effective on defense, allowing 30.7 points per contest (104th-ranked).
    • Ball State ranks 16th-worst in passing yards per game (168.4), but it has been more productive defensively, ranking 98th in the FBS with 247.7 passing yards allowed per contest.
    • In terms of rushing, Ball State ranks 107th in the FBS on offense (119.6 rushing yards per game) and 49th on defense (127.1 rushing yards allowed per game).
    • In terms of third-down efficiency, this season has been difficult for Ball State on both sides of the ball, as it is compiling a 32.3% third-down conversion percentage (19th-worst) and surrendering a 44.6% conversion rate (23rd-worst).
    • Ball State has forced six turnovers this season and have turned it over 12 times, leading to a -6 turnover margin that is ninth-worst in the FBS.

    Ball State’s Best Players

    • Layne Hatcher has recored 566 passing yards, or 80.9 per game, so far this season. He has completed 65.3% of his passes and has thrown four touchdowns with zero interceptions.
    • The team’s top rusher, Marquez Cooper, has carried the ball 95 times for 422 yards (60.3 per game) with one touchdown. He’s also caught 13 passes for 129 yards.
    • Kiael Kelly has run for 279 yards across 50 carries.
    • Qian Magwood has collected 27 catches this season and his team-high yardage total sits at 260 (37.1 yards per game). He’s been targeted 39 times and has one touchdown.
    • Tanner Koziol has 27 receptions (on 44 targets) for a total of 217 yards (31 yards per game) and two touchdowns this year.
    • Ahmad Edwards’ 26 targets have resulted in 16 grabs for 212 yards and one touchdown.
    • Sidney Houston Jr. has 3.5 sacks to pace the team, and also has three TFL and 33 tackles.
    • Ball State’s tackle leader, Cole Pearce, has 36 tackles, five TFL, and three sacks this year.
    • Tyler Potts has picked off a team-high two passes. He also has nine tackles and two passes defended to his name.
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