Free Week 4 Prediction: Cardinals vs Owls Odds
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(2-1) Ball State Cardinals vs. Florida Atlantic Owls (1-2)
Date: Saturday, September 24th
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Venue: FAU Football Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Ball State -4.0
NCAA Betting Total: 54.0
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The Ball State Cardinals are off to a 2-1 start using a good balance of passing and running along with a great run defense.
They will be up against a FAU team that has been blown out two straight weeks on the road and will be looking forward to returning home for a winnable game.
Ball State Cardinals
Sophomore quarterback Riley Neal has helped lead the Cardinals to a nice 2-1 start while keeping it close in their lone loss to Indiana.
The Cardinals have used a balanced rushing attack with James Gilbert, Darian Green, and Teddy Williamson.
The three have totaled 495 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns to start the season.
The Cardinals defense has been pretty solid early on as well – allowing just 89 rushing yards per game.
They have won 2 of 3 games despite turning the ball over 6 times in those first 3 games.
The key to beating FAU will be limiting those turnovers as the Owls have a passing attack capable of moving the football. The Cardinals
defense should continue their strong defensive performance against the run as the Owls have a very weak rushing attack.
Florida Atlantic Owls
Two straight blowouts to Miami (FL) and Kansas State have left the Owls looking like a statistically awful team. Playing two power conference teams early on can affect your team in many different ways.
It could better prepare for the manageable part of your schedule. Or it can beat up your team’s confidence and take away the momentum that every team looks to open their season with.
FAU went 3-9 last season but remember, took 8th ranked Florida to overtime in the second to last week of the season in Gainesville.
The Owls have suffered from 5 turnovers, an average of 7 penalties per game, and being the 100th ranked 3rd down defense.
That is a difficult recipe for success but those numbers are slanted due to playing two tough opponents in Kansas State and Miami (FL).
Quarterback Jason Driskel will hope to get back to his Week 1 performance where he threw for 282 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Owls’ lone win over Southern Illinois.
The Owls will rely on a balance of Driskel and running back Gregory Howell, Jr to get the offense moving in a better direction.
Howell, Jr has rushed for 237 yards at 4.9 yards per carry but has been the lone wolf in the backfield with the next closest rushers at 77 and 26 yards this season.
I would expect the Owls to use Howell, Jr to try to open up the pass game but could rely heavily on Driskel if the Cardinals defense limits Howell, Jr.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 7-2 in Ball State’s last 9 games overall.
- FAU is 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record.
- Ball State is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record.
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I like FAU getting the points at home in this one. Driskel and Howell, Jr will be ready for a defense weaker than Kansas State and Miami (FL).
This will be a tight game but Ball State is still only an average MAC team – not as dominant as some of the other MAC teams that have upset other FBS opponents.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: FAU +4.0
Ball State will be the start of the manageable part of FAU’s schedule and they will look to get some confidence back going into conference play.
Week 4 Free Score Prediction: Ball State 21 – FAU 20
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