Central Michigan Chippewas vs Ball State Cardinals Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 11/17/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Venue:  Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN
Where to Watch:  ESPNU

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  CMU +2.5, Ball -2.5; Over/Under:  62 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  CMU +2.5, Ball -2.5; Over/Under:  62.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  CMU +2.5, Ball -2.5; Over/Under:  62.5 points
 

Season Record

Central Michigan Chippewas:  6-4 (2nd place, MAC West)
Ball State Cardinals:  5-5 (3rd place, MAC West)
 
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Central Michigan Chippewas vs Ball State Cardinals Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Central Michigan Chippewas:  won at home on Nov. 10 against the Kent State Golden Flashes 54-30.
Ball State Cardinals:  lost on the road on Nov. 10 against the Northern Illinois Huskies 30-29.
 
 
 

Central Michigan Chippewas Analysis

CMU is coming into this game with a 6-4 record overall and they are 2-3 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 7th conference matchup of the year and they are currently 4-2 in their conference games this season. They have won 4 of their last 5 games and are coming into this one on a 2 game winning streak after another win in their last game. Daniel Richardson played well in that game as he completed 21/27 passes for 268 yards and 4 touchdowns. Lew Nichols had a massive day on the ground in that one as he led the team in rushing with 215 yards and 4 touchdowns on 43 carries. JaCorey Sullivan led the receivers with 61 yards on 5 receptions while Dallas Dixon had 60 yards and 2 touchdowns on 4 receptions. Joel Wilson caught the other 2 touchdown passes in that one. Donte Kent led the defense in that game with 7 solo tackles. Jacques Bristol, Justin Whiteside, and Amir Siddiq all recorded the only sacks in that game with 1 each while no one on the defense came away with an interception for them in that one. They have scored 328 points in their 10 games this season averaging 32.8 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 287 points against them allowing 28.7 PPG. Their offense is averaging 449 YPG while their defense is allowing 417.8 YPG.
 
 

Ball State Cardinals Analysis

Ball State is coming into this game with a 5-5 record overall and they are 2-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 7th conference matchup on their schedule this season and they are currently 3-3 in their conference games this season. They have lost 2 of their last 3 games and are coming into this one off of a loss in their last game. Drew Plitt was not bad in that game but he did not play at his best either as he completed 11/26 passes for 126 yards and 1 touchdown. Carson Steele had a nice day on the ground as he led the team in rushing with 109 yards on 21 carries while Justin Hall ran in 2 touchdowns on the ground for them in that one. Jalen McGaughy led the receivers with 45 yards on 1 reception while Jayshon Jackson had 34 yards and 1 touchdown on 3 receptions. Bryce Cosby and Brandon Martin both led the defense in that game with 6 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones each. No one on the defense recorded a sack in that game but Martin did come away with 1 interception for them in that one. They have scored 256 points in their 10 games this season averaging 25.6 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 278 points against them allowing 27.8 PPG. Their offense is averaging 347.7 YPG while their defense is allowing 408.9 YPG.
 

 

Central Michigan vs Ball State Prediction

CMU is coming into this game as a 2.5 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. These two teams have been trending in opposite directions in their recent games. Ball State has been slipping with their 2 losses in their last 3 games while CMU has really been picking up steam with 4 wins in their last 5. CMU still has a chance to make that title game but they need to win out so this is a big game for them here. The best bet to place in this game is on CMU to cover the spread and to win straight up on the moneyline as they have been playing much better in recent games.
 
Central Michigan Ball State Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Wednesday, November 17, 2021 (7:00 pm ET start time) is CMU 38 Ball State 24.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
Central Michigan Chippewas: 29-19 O/U when the line is +3 to -3. 101-98 O/U in all games. 60-44 O/U as an underdog. 41-26 O/U as a road underdog. 58-46 O/U in road games. 
Ball State Cardinals: 26-21 O/U when the line is +3 to -3. 41-34 O/U as a favorite. 27-21 O/U as a home favorite. 43-39 O/U in home games. 68-64 O/U against conference opponents.
 

Key Injuries

 
Central Michigan Chippewas:  L. Goedeke (OL) day-to-day - Undisclosed injury. D. McNary (DB) Out Indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. J. Keller (QB) Out Indefinitely - Undisclosed injury.
Ball State Cardinals:  D. Koch (TE) day-to-day - Undisclosed injury. K. Slaven (OL) day-to-day - Undisclosed injury. T. Evans (RB) Out indefinitely - Leg injury.
 

Notable Quotes

 
“I’m definitely happy to do what I can for my team.” - Kalil Pimpleton on his big performance after their win against WMU.
 
 
"Obviously, it's disappointing to lose a game on the road, especially knowing what was at stake. I'm hurting for those guys in the locker room. We've got two games at home left. It's going to be a tough bus ride home, but we've got to stay together and fight for each other with the time that we have left.” - Mike Neu after a very close loss to NIU in their last game. 
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Central Michigan Chippewas
WR Kalil Pimpleton
WR Sullivan, JaCorey 
WR Dixon, Dallas 
TE Wilson, Joel 
QB Richardson, Daniel 
RB Lew Nichols III
 
Ball State Cardinals
WR Tyler, Yo'Heinz 
WR Justin Hall
WR Jackson, Jayshon 
TE Williams, Jordan 
QB Plitt, Drew 
RB Jones, Will 
FB Rudy, Cody 
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Central Michigan Chippewas
Passing: D. Richardson (1979)
Rushing: L. Nichols (1295)
Receiving: K. Pimpleton (747)
Touchdowns: L. Nichols (11)
 
Ball State Cardinals
Passing: D. Plitt (1902)
Rushing: C. Steele (691)
Receiving: J. Hall (606)
Touchdowns: J. Hall (6)
 
Coaches:
Central Michigan Chippewas: Jim McElwain (3rd season)
Ball State Cardinals: Mike Neu (6th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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