Wednesday college football betting preview: Ball State at Massachusetts, Kent State at Bowling Green

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Ball State Cardinals at Massachusetts
Minutemen (-3.5, 61)

 
The Ball State Cardinals look to bounce back from one of their
sloppiest games of the season as they prepare to visit the
Massachusetts Minutemen in a Mid-American Conference showdown
Wednesday night. Ball State committed five turnovers last week en
route to a 35-21 defeat against visiting Northern Illinois that
put the brakes on a two-game winning streak. Massachusetts also
had a two-game winning streak ended with a 42-35 loss in Toledo.

The Minutemen looked like they had been gaining momentum
– outscoring Kent State and Eastern Michigan 76-31 to erase a
season-opening six-game losing skid – but ran into a powerhouse
Rockets team that piled up 520 total yards, including 295 on
the ground. Blake Frohnapfel did his part to keep the Minutemen
in the game, passing for 438 yards and five touchdowns in
defeat. Ball State has allowed 20 or more points in seven
consecutive games.
 
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPNU

WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the mid-40s
with a 10 percent chance of rain and wind blowing to the
southwest at 7 mph.

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Ball State and Massachusetts
are both bad football teams. The Cardinals are 3-6 while the
Minutemen are 2-7. However, UMass has been a spread beater this
season, going 7-2 ATS, including a perfect 5-0 ATS their last
five games. But UMass has only been favored in one game this
season (40-17 win as 3-point favorites over Kent State) while
being a double-digit underdog in five games this season.” –
Covers
Expert Steve Merrill.

CHEERLEADER WAR:



ABOUT BALL STATE (3-6 SU, 4-5 ATS, 3-6 O/U):
The
Cardinals are led by running back Jahwan Edwards, who racked up
92 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries against Northern
Illinois and has reached the end zone seven times in his last
five games. His continued excellence has helped overshadow a
dreadful effort from quarterback Jack Milas, who has thrown for
just 597 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in
his last three games. Milas is expected to remain the starter
ahead of Ozzie Mann.
 
ABOUT MASSACHUSETTS (2-7 SU, 7-2 ATS, 6-2-1
O/U):
 Frohnapfel has looked sensational over his
past five games, throwing for more than 330 yards four times in
that stretch while racking up 17 touchdown passes against six
interceptions. Tajae Sharpe (63 receptions, 965 yards, five
touchdowns) has been his target of choise, while Jean Sifrin
(33 catches, 544 yards, five TDs) and Rodney Mills (26 catches,
368 yards, five TDs) have also been in the mix. The Minutemen
average just 3.3 yards per carry and have only 12 rushing
touchdowns on the season.

TRENDS:

* Ball State is 6-0 ATS in its last six road games
against teams with losing road records.
* Massachusetts is 7-0 ATS in its last seven games on
fieldturf.
* Over is 7-2 in the Cardinals’ last nine games following
a double-digit home loss.
* Over is 6-1-1 in the Minutemen’s last eight
games.
 

Kent State Golden Flashes at Bowling Green
Falcons (-13, 52.5)

The Kent State Golden Flashes don’t have much left to play for
– but they can make life difficult for at least one East
Division contender as they tangle with the host Bowling Green
Falcons in a Mid-American Conference showdown Wednesday night.
Kent State is coming off back-to-back losses to Miami (Ohio)
and Toledo, and is in danger of going winless in MAC
competition. The Falcons lead the East and can clinch a spot in
the MAC title game with a win.

The secret to Bowling Green’s success so far this season
has been the emergence of James Knapke as one of the top
quarterbacks in the conference. Knapke has racked up 2,128
yards through the air and, while he struggled to get much going
against Akron, he did manufacture a pivotal 10-yard scoring
pass to Roger Lewis in the third quarter of the win. Kent State
surrendered 422 total yards while committing three turnovers in
last week’s loss to Toledo.
 
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2

WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the mid-30s
with partly cloudy skies and wind blowing to the east at 10
mph.

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Kent State is a terrible team
as they are just 1-8 on the season, including 0-4 on the road.
The Golden Flashes’ offense is especially bad as they’ve scored
20 points or less in eight of their nine games this season.
Bowling Green is 6-3 on the season, but they have a poor
defense that is allowing 33.6 points per game on 6.1 yards per
play (versus opponents averaging 27.7 ppg on 5.7 yppl).” –
Covers
Expert Steve Merrill.

CHEERLEADER WAR:


ABOUT KENT STATE (1-8 SU, 3-6 ATS, 3-5-1 O/U): It looked as if
Golden Flashes quarterback Colin Reardon was starting to pull
things together after he amassed 360 passing yards and three
touchdowns in an Oct. 18 win over Army. But Reardon has
struggled mightily in two games since, completing just 50
percent of his passes for a combined 297 yards and a pair of
interceptions. Kent State’s running game has been abysmal,
averaging just 3.2 carries on 240 attempts with a paltry four
touchdowns on the season.
 
ABOUT BOWLING GREEN (6-3 SU, 4-5 ATS, 4-5
O/U):
 Knapke will be looking to bounce back from
a dismal showing in his previous home game, a 26-14 loss to
Western Michigan in which he went 20-of-33 for 139 yards with
zero touchdowns and one interception. The possible loss of
running back Travis Greene will hurt, but the Falcons will
almost certainly lean on Fred Copped and Andre Givens in his
absence. The duo combined for 214 rushing yards and a score
last week after Greene went down with an ankle
injury. 

TRENDS:

* Kent State is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 road games against
teams with winning home records.
* Bowling Green is 15-6 ATS in its last 21 conference
games.
* Under is 18-6 in the Falcons’ last 24 home games
against teams with losing road records.
* The Road team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13
meetings.

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