Central Michigan Vs. Ball State: College Football Betting Lines, Odds and Trends – November 17, 2021

Written By Staff on November 16, 2021

MAC foes meet when the Central Michigan Chippewas (6-4, 4-2 MAC) take on the Ball State Cardinals (5-5, 3-3 MAC) at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Indiana. The Cardinals (+109 on the moneyline to win) and the Chippewas (-2.5) take to the field on November 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET. Sportsbooks have set a total of 57 points for the game.

Before you make a bet on this game, read this article for the best available odds and everything else you need to know about the matchup — from key metrics and player stats to betting trends and more.

The betting insights in this article are based off odds valid as of November 17, 2021 at 6:01 PM ET. Keep scrolling for a look at all of the latest odds for this contest and click here to get the best DraftKings Sportsbook deposit bonus!

Central Michigan Vs. Ball State Betting Odds

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Central Michigan Offense Vs. Ball State Defense

Chippewas Offense Stats (Rank) Cardinals Defense
32.8 (36) Points/Gm 27.8 (80)
407.5 (58) Yards/Gm 408.5 (96)
242.8 (53) Pass Yards/Gm 248.4 (103)
164.7 (62) Rush Yards/Gm 160.1 (83)
7.7 (59) Yards/Pass 8.0 (100)
4.6 (49) Yards/Rush 4.0 (55)
38.5% (75) 3rd Down % 37.9% (53)
8 (35) Turnovers 10 (46)
19 (126) Sacks 10 (44)

Ball State Offense Vs. Central Michigan Defense

Ball State Offense Stats (Rank) Central Michigan Defense
25.6 (88) Points/Gm 28.7 (83)
347.2 (99) Yards/Gm 386.6 (77)
206.0 (93) Pass Yards/Gm 256.4 (109)
141.2 (82) Rush Yards/Gm 130.2 (41)
6.4 (107) Yards/Pass 8.9 (119)
4.1 (79) Yards/Rush 3.6 (32)
41.3% (59) 3rd Down % 33.6% (24)
8 (35) Turnovers 7 (96)
11 (94) Sacks 10 (44)

When Central Michigan Has The Ball

  • The Chippewas’ pass protection has resulted in 19 sacks allowed, second-most in college football. The Cardinals’ defense has racked up 10 (44th-most).
  • Ball State’s defense gives up 248.4 yards through the air per game (103rd in the FBS). Central Michigan’s 242.8 passing yards per game is 53rd in college football.
  • The Chippewas have the 36th-ranked offense in the FBS (32.8 points per game), and will be facing the Cardinals’ 80th-ranked defense (27.8 ppg).
  • Central Michigan’s passing attack averages 7.7 yards per pass attempt (59th in the FBS). Ball State gives up 8.0 per pass (100th in college football).

When Ball State Has The Ball

  • The Chippewas rank 96th in college football with seven turnovers forced, while the Cardinals have committed eight (35th).
  • Ball State’s pass protection has resulted in 11 sacks allowed, 34th-most in college football. Central Michigan’s defense has racked up 10 (44th-most).
  • The Cardinals average 4.1 yards per carry (79th in college football) compared to the 3.6 per rushing attempt the Chippewas allow (32nd in the FBS).
  • Ball State’s 141.2 rushing yards per game is good for 82nd in the FBS. Central Michigan’s defense allows 130.2 on the ground (41st in college football).
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Central Michigan Betting Trends And Insights

  • Central Michigan has covered five times in 10 chances against the spread this season.
  • The Chippewas have covered the spread twice this season (2-3 ATS) when playing as at least 2.5-point favorites.
  • A total of five out of Central Michigan’s 10 games this season have hit the over.
  • In seven games this season, Central Michigan and its opponents have gone over 57 combined points.
  • The Chippewas have been the moneyline favorite five total times this season. They’ve finished 3-2 in those games.

Ball State Betting Trends And Insights

  • Ball State has compiled a 3-6-0 ATS record so far this year.
  • The Cardinals have covered the spread twice when an underdog by 2.5 points or more this season (in five opportunities).
  • Ball State’s games have hit the over three out of nine times this year.
  • Ball State has played five games this season that have gone over 57 combined points scored.
  • This season, the Cardinals have won two out of the five games in which they’ve been the underdog.

Central Michigan Players To Watch

  • Daniel Richardson leads the team with 1,653 passing yards (165.3 yards per game) and has a 61.8% completion percentage this year (118-of-191) while throwing 17 touchdowns with two interceptions.
  • Lew Nichols has 223 attempts for a team-high 1,274 rushing yards (127.4 per game) and 11 touchdowns. He also has 34 catches for 242 receiving yards (24.2 per game) and two touchdowns.
  • Darius Bracy has 116 yards on 14 carries (23.2 ypg).
  • This season Kalil Pimpleton has 46 catches and leads the team with 724 yards (72.4 per game) while scoring three touchdowns.
  • Dallas Dixon has also contributed with 556 yards on 34 catches and seven touchdowns. He averages 55.6 receiving yards per game this year.
  • This season JaCorey Sullivan has caught 35 passes for 490 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 70.0 receiving yards per game.

Ball State Players To Watch

  • Drew Plitt has passed for 1,902 yards while completing 61.4% of his throws (181-of-295), with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions (190.2 yards per game). He’s also rushed 59 times for 134 yards, averaging 13.4 yards per game.
  • Carson Steele has picked up a team-best 690 rushing yards (69.0 per game) and five touchdowns.
  • Will Jones has run for 286 yards on 81 carries (28.6 yards per game), with three touchdowns on the ground this year.
  • Justin Hall has racked up 59 receptions for 606 yards, best on his team, and five touchdowns. He averages 60.6 receiving yards per game.
  • Jayshon Jackson has added 519 yards on 42 catches and three touchdowns. He puts up 51.9 receiving yards per game this year.
  • Yo’Heinz Tyler has caught 35 passes for 366 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 36.6 yards per game this year.

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