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#175 Ohio U 63.5 vs.
#176 Ball State -2.5
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2:00pm EDT
Scheumann Stadium, Muncie
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week nine of college football continues as Ohio travels to Scheumann Stadium to play against Ball State on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2:00 P.M. This will be the 26th meeting between these two teams. These two teams have not met since last season when the Bobcats beat the Cardinals at home by the score of 52-14.

Ohio Looks To Stay Atop MAC East Standings

Ohio has been a bit underwhelming at this point in time. Specifically, the Bobcats still have a losing record through seven games. However, despite the poor overall record, Ohio still has a 2-1 conference record which is good enough to have it in a three-way tie for in first place in MAC East Division. However, Ohio has yet to win consecutive games at any point this season and it will have another shot at changing that with a victory on Saturday. Unfortunately, this game will be on the road where Ohio has a 1-2 record.

Leading the Bobcats offensively will be senior quarterback Nathan Rourke who has been great so far this season. Specifically, he has 1,612 passing yards along with ten passing touchdowns. In addition, he also leads the team with 409 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns so he is a huge threat in multiple ways. Look for Rourke to showcase his dual-threat ability once again on Saturday.

Ohio's biggest threat on defense is junior cornerback Marlin Brooks who has been pretty good through the first seven games of the season. Specifically, he has one interception which is tied for the most on the team. In addition, he also has 22 solo tackles. Ohio's defense has been pretty underwhelming as a whole as it has given up 30.7 points per game so perhaps Brooks can create a spark in this game for the defense.

Ball State Looks To Extend Winning Streak

Ball State has been a serious contender in the MAC up to this point in time. Specifically, the Cardinals are in first place in MAC West Division with an undefeated conference record through three games. In addition, Ball State is currently on a three-game winning streak which has pushed the team's record to 4-3. As a result, two more wins would get the Cardinals back into a bowl game so this game has some implications out of conference as well. Luckily for Ball State, this game will be at home where it has a 2-1 record.

Leading the Cardinals offensively will be junior quarterbackDrew Plitt who has been great so far this season. Specifically, he has 1,868 passing yards along with 16 passing touchdowns. Last week, Plitt was fantastic as he had 206 passing yards and three passing touchdowns as he led Ball State to a 38 point victory against Toledo. However, he has already thrown six interceptions which is a slight issue.

Ball State's biggest threat on defense is sophomore cornerback Amechi Uzodinma II who has been great through the first seven games of the season. Specifically, he has three interceptions which is tied for the most on the team. In addition, he also has 16 solo tackles with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Uzodinma II has the ability to make opposing quarterbacks regret throwing in his direction so Ohio will need to be careful when targeting his side of the field.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Simply put, I think that Ball State is the better team so I have to take them to cover this spread at home. Both teams are off impressive offensive explosions last week but Ohio's defense still gave up 38 points so it is definitely the inferior unit. Meanwhile, Ball State is still undefeated in conference play and it is in the middle of a three-game winning streak so I will take the hotter team at home. Give me Ball State as a result.

Prediction: Ball State -2.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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Based on how these two teams have played lately, I have to take the over. Both teams scored at least 45 points last week so I think this total should be around 65. Ohio and Ball State are also giving up at least 27 points per game so neither defense should find consistent success on Saturday. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 35-31 so I will take the over.

Prediction: Over 62.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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I think Ohio's offense is actually one of the better units in the MAC and I expect Ball State to struggle adjusting to it in the first half. Plus, Ohio's defense was terrible last week and I think it will come out motivated to play much better in the early going before Ball State can make some adjustments at halftime. Give me the underdog.

Prediction: Ohio +0.5
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.