Ball State Cardinals (1-0) vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0)Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 3:30 pm EST
Location : Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Ball State Cardinals vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Cardinals of Ball State will make a trip to Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, on 9-8-2018, to battle the 11th ranked Fighting Irish in week 2 college football action. Ball State would dominate their week 1 opponent Central Connecticut State by a score of 42-6 at home to which they would cash in on the spread (19.5) while the under was the play with the total being set at 61.5 points. The Irish would pick up an all-important victory over the Michigan wolverines last Saturday by a 24-17 score. They would cover as slight home dogs (+2.5) while the under was the play with totals being set at 47.5 points for the game. This will be the first meeting ever between these two teams, however, both will certainly be looking for continued momentum as the season progresses.
Ball State Cardinals's Latest Performance :
The Ball State Cardinals would rack up a whopping 336 yards passing along with 316 yards on the ground against Central Connecticut State last Saturday as they would also pick up 30 first downs. Riley Neal would go 23 of 30 for 259 yards with 2 TD’s while Drew Plitt would also get some time under center as he would go 5 of 6 for 70 yards and a TD. James Gilbert would rush 14 times for 100 yards and a TD while Marquise Hurt along with Caleb Huntley would combine for 18 rushes and 116 yards, total. The defense would shut down Central Connecticut’s passing attack as they would only have 117 yards in the air while racking up 174 yards on the ground for 16 first downs. Jeremiah Jackson would have 3 tackles to lead the defense along with 4 assists while Mitch Larson would also have 3 tackles. Jacob White would record a sack for the Cards D in this game.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish's Latest Performance :
The Irish would allow the Wolverines 58 yards rushing on the ground along with 249 yards in the air with 20 first downs in their victory on last Saturday. Khalid Kareem would lead the defensive unit with 7 tackles while Te’von Coney and Alohi Gilmen would each have 6 tackles. Kareem would also have 2 sacks in the game while Jerry Tillery would also have a sack. The offense would put up 134 rushing yards along with 170 for 21 first downs on the day as Brandon Winbush would go 12 of 22 for 170 yards, TD, and an INT while also rushing for 59 yards on 19 attempts for the game. Jarar Armstrong would have 35 yards on 15 rushes in the win as well. Chris Finke would have 3 catches for 55 yards and a score for the Irish while Chase Claypool would also have 32 catches for 47 yards total.
How Ball State Cardinals & Notre Dame Fighting Irish Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Ball State is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 0-1
Notre Dame is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 0-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Cardinals certainly looked good in their victory last week over Central Connecticut State; However, they will face a much tougher resistance in a Notre Dame squad fresh off their victory over Michigan in their opening week matchup. Expect Notre Dame to establish themselves in the trenches early on not only on the defensive end, but, on the offensive side as well where Ball State would give up huge chunks of yardage to an overmatched Central Conn State team. It will be interesting to see how the QB’s will play for Ball State after a play station-like performance last Saturday.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Ball State +33.5
My reason for the pick :
While I certainly expect the Irish to come out victorious in this matchup, I will also expect the Cardinals to also put some points on the board early as the Notre Dame defense becomes acclimated to their offensive game schemes. With that being said, the offense for the Irish did not exactly light up the Michigan defense in their opener, so, I would expect them to come out a bit slow, yet, begin to roll during the second half in this matchup. Nonetheless, this will be a blowout, however, the Cardinals will indeed cover due to their ability to stay in the game during the first half.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under (off)
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over as a strong play in this matchup in that the Irish will certainly began to get going offensively at some point and will begin to pour it on the Cardinals at home. On the other hand, the Cardinals will surprise many in the outset as they will make some plays of their own. in all, expect the over to be the play due too Ball State’s ability to answer scores early by the Notre Dame offense.
Betting trends for Ball State Cardinals:
- The Cardinals are 1-5 in last 6 games
- The Cardinals are 3-5 ATS in last 8 games
- The Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in last 5 road games
Betting trends for Notre Dame Fighting Irish:
- The Irish are 5-2 in last 7 games
- The Irish are 2-5 ATS in last 7 games
- The Under is 4-0 in Irish last 4 games