The Central Michigan Chippewas (6-4, 4-2 Mid-American) seek their fifth win in six games when they visit the Ball State Cardinals (5-5, 3-3) in a MACtion showdown on Wednesday. Kickoff from Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Ind. is set for 7 p.m. ET.
The Chippewas are 2.5-point favorites in the latest Ball State vs. Central Michigan odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 57. (See the latest college football lines for all of this week's games on our college football odds page.)
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The model knows Ball State is coming off its second loss in three games, a 30-29 setback at Northern Illinois in which it took a two-point lead with 1:42 remaining before giving up the winning field goal as time expired. The Cardinals amassed 246 yards on the ground in the loss, with Carson Steele gaining 109 on 21 carries for his third 100-yard performance in four contests. Wide receiver Justin Hall rushed seven times for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he passed Steele (five) for most rushing scores on the team.
The model also knows Central Michigan has scored at least 21 points in nine of its 10 games this season, recording 30 or more on six occasions. The Chippewas posted their fourth win in five contests last week as they overcame a 14-point, second-quarter deficit en route to a 54-30 triumph over Kent State. Lew Nichols III registered his fifth consecutive 100-yard rushing effort with a career-best 215 and ran for four TDs while fellow redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Richardson threw four scoring passes.
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