College Football Week 12 Picks: Ohio Bobcats vs. Ball State Cardinals
The Ohio Bobcats (8-2) and Ball State Cardinals (7-3) will meet up in a Mid-American Conference matchup on Wednesday night, with the opening kickoff from Scheumann Stadium scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU
Ohio Bobcats vs. Ball State Cardinals
Ohio is 9-2 in midweek games dating back to 2009, as it prepares to play its third non-Saturday game of the 2012 campaign, coming off a 26-14 loss to the Bowling Green Falcons as 2.5-point home favorites. “To lose in this fashion is tough to take,” commented Bobcats head coach Frank Solich, who watched his team make numerous mistakes last week. The Bobcats are 8-14 all-time in this series, which includes a 23-20 loss as 14.5-point home favorites a year ago, while going UNDER the total for the second consecutive meeting. Ohio is 5-1 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points the last two-plus years, which is an important factor to consider when making your college football picks.
The Bobcats have won seven of their last 10 road games, while averaging 27.0 points in four contests away from home this year. Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton will need to lead the program to victory, as he’s one of four players nationally that have thrown 15-or-more touchdowns and two-or-fewer interceptions. Solich has guided the squad to a 17-8 record in the month of November since taking over in 2005.
Ball State tallied a 34-27 win over the Toledo Rockets as six-point road underdogs last week, as it returns home after playing three games in a row away from Wednesday night’s venue. “This is as special as anything else we’ve done, and it’s neat that we still have two games left and hopefully now three,” stated Cardinals coach Pete Lembo. A letdown is certainly possible, considering last week’s win was the team’s first over a ranked opponent since 2001. Ball State is 0-2 ATS as a home favorite of 3.5 to 7 points.
The Cardinals have won four games this season with a game-winning score in the final two minutes or overtime, as the campus gets ready for “Blackout the Bobcats”, as the team will wear black jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear the same color. Ball State ranks second in the conference and 23rd nationally in averaging 470.5 yards per game, which is a very balanced attack. Keith Wenning has started the last 32 games under center, as he’s the third player in school history to throw for 6,000 yards or more in his career.
Sports bettors will likely back the Bobcats due to their 10-4 ATS mark in November, while the Cardinals are 6-16 ATS at home.
College Football Week 12 Pick: Ohio Bobcats +4