Check out the Ball State vs. Miami University fearless prediction and game preview.
Ball State (4-7) vs. Miami University (5-6) Game Preview
Date: Tuesday, November 22
Game Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Yager Stadium, Oxford, OH
Bowl and Conference Implications
Miami University wins the MAC East and goes to the MAC Championship with a win and an Ohio loss to Akron. With a win, the RedHawks are bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. Ball State is out of the bowl hunt.
What’s Going To Happen?
Ball State had four chances to stay alive for bowl eligibility, but blew is, going on a run of six losses in seven games thanks to a defense that’s gone in the tank, especially against the better passing teams.
The Cardinal offense hasn’t been bad thanks to the emergence of RB James Gilbert, but he’s been banged up over the last few weeks being held to just 19 yards against Toledo last week. Now he has to gear it up against a solid MU run defense that’s been among the best in years, allowing just 130 yards per game and playing a huge role in the five-game winning streak.
How good have the RedHawks been? They haven’t played a slew of killers – Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan aren’t bad – but they’ve managed to get through the run of three road games in four dates with wins, setting up a chance to go bowling.
And with a little luck, they could be off to the MAC title game.
Gus-mania will continue, as QB Gus Ragland will continue rolling after taking over the starting quarterback job in the middle of the season. Since then, MU has won five straight games with Ragland throwing 12 touchdown passes and no picks, while running for 182 yards and two scores.
He’s a baller, the O is working, and MU will roll past the Cardinals with a terrific performance to close out the regular season strong – but Ohio will beat Akron, keeping the RedHawks out of the MAC title game.
Ball State vs. Miami University Prediction
Miami University 37, Ball State 20
Miami University -7.5, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence: 5: Store bought anything – 1: Homemade anything … 4
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