Ball State vs. Ohio Prediction, Game Preview

    Ohio needs another win to all but assure itself of a bowl slot, but Ball State wants to play the spoiler. Check out the Ohio vs. Ball State prediction and game preview.

    November 17, 2015


    It’s been a really, really rocky season for Ball State (3-7), and now it’s spoiler time coming off a long break and a 54-7 loss to Western Michigan. Ohio (6-4) is bowl eligible, but the team could use another win or two to all but assure itself of a spot. Check out the Ball State vs. Ohio game preview and prediction.

    Ball State vs. Ohio Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17
    Game Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: Peden Stadium, Athens, OH

    Network: ESPNU

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    Why Ball State Will Win

    Nothing much is going right for the Cardinals, but at the very least they should get several breaks in terms of penalties. Ohio is one of the most flagged teams in college football getting nailed 7.6 times per game for over 75 yards, while the Cardinals are only getting hit 3.8 times per game for 37 yards. The offense might not be explosive, but it can throw a little bit – the Bobcats aren’t going to put 50 up on the board. This should be a tight battle, and Ball State has to take advantage of the opportunities.

    Why Ohio Will Win

    The wheels were coming off the Ohio defense, but then everything changed with a shutout over Kent State. The run defense found its game again in the win, and it shouldn’t have any problems with a Ball State ground attack that stopped working a long time ago. The Cardinals scored ten rushing touchdowns in the first three games, and just three in the last seven getting stuffed way too often. Ohio should dominate the time of possession – Ball State won’t go on many big marches.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Don’t expect a wild and crazy shootout. Ohio will take the final home game of the season, but it’s not going to dominate. Ball State will have its chances, but it won’t capitalize on them.

    Ball State vs. Ohio Prediction

    Final Score: Ohio 27, Ball State 20, Line: Ball State -9, o/u: 53.5

    Must See Rating: 5: The Night Before – 1: Donny! … 2

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