College Football Odds: Ball State vs. Miami (OH) prediction, odds and pick

The Ball State Cardinals will travel to take on the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks in a Tuesday night MACtion college football matchup. Let’s continue our college football odds series and make our Ball State-Miami (Ohio) prediction and pick.

Ball State has gone 5-6 this season, including a 3-4 record in MAC play. The Cardinals have lost two games in a row, with Ohio handing them a two-touchdown loss last week. Mike Neu’s program needs a win to reach a bowl game for the third season in a row.

Miami (Ohio) also finds themselves a win from bowl eligibility, with a 5-6 record, going 3-4 in MAC play. The Redhawks beat Northern Illinois 29-23 last week. Head coach Chuck Martin is one win away from leading the Redhawks to a second straight bowl game.

Here are the Ball State-Miami (Ohio) college football odds, courtesy of FanDuel.

College Football Odds: Ball State-Miami (Ohio) Odds

Ball State Cardinals: +2.5 (+100)

Miami (Ohio) Redhawks: -2.5 (-122)

Over: 45.5 (-110)

Under: 45.5 (-110)

Why Ball State Could Cover The Spread

John Paddock has gone through an up and down season, completing 59.6 percent of his passes for 2,600 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. While the yardage and touchdowns can impress, the interception total is concerning. Carson Steele is the team’s leading rusher, totaling 1,376 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Cardinals have totaled 1,603 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a team. Miami (Ohio) has allowed 124.0 rushing yards per game. Jayshon Jackson leads the team with 71 catches for 816 yards, catching three touchdowns. Tanner Koziol leads the team with seven touchdown catches. Brady Hunt ranks second with five receiving touchdowns and 476 receiving yards. Miami (Ohio) has allowed 244.5 passing yards per game to opponents, but has registered eight interceptions on the year. Ball State has averaged 23.8 points and 382.1 yards of offense per game.

Ball State’s defense has been shaky, allowing 27.7 points and 403.8 yards of offense to opponents. Cole Pearce leads the team with four and a half sacks, while Tavion Woodard is second with four sacks. Ball State has totaled 22 sacks, while Miami (Ohio) has allowed 31 to opponents.

Why Miami (Ohio) Could Cover The Spread

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Aveon Smith is back at quarterback, completing 51.4 percent of his passes for 920 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Smith leads the team with five rushing touchdowns. Keyon Mozee leads the team with 455 rushing yards, and has scored two touchdowns on the ground. Tyre Shelton is second on the team with three rushing touchdowns. The Redhawks have totaled 1,591 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a team. Ball State has allowed 187.8 rushing yards per game. Mac Hippenhammer leads the team with 46 catches for 656 yards and eight touchdowns. Four other Redhawks have caught one touchdown each. Miles Marshall ranks second with 328 receiving yards, and has caught a touchdown. Miami (Ohio) has averaged 20.5 points and 305.8 yards of offense per game.

The Redhawks have allowed 23.0 points and 368.5 yards of offense per game. The defense has been pretty solid. Corey Suttle leads the team with six sacks, while Brian Ugwu is second with five sacks. Miami (Ohio) has totaled 26 sacks as a team, but Ball State has only allowed 14 sacks to opponents. Ball State has thrown 12 interceptions, while the Redhawks have picked off eight passes.

Final Ball State-Miami (Ohio) Prediction & Pick

Smith is a legitimate dual threat quarterback, and Ball State’s defense is pretty bad. This should comfortably get to the over.

Final Ball State-Miami (Ohio) Prediction & Pick: Miami (Ohio) -2.5 (-122), over 45.5 (-110)

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