Western Michigan vs. Ball State is just one of several games that has gamblers chomping at the bit. The road team WMU is laying a whopping 17.5 points with a total of 62. The total has remained steady, but the side opened at -18.5. Along with Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois and Game 6 of the World Series, plus NBA, this is one of the strongest nights in some time for bettors. An overwhelming majority of 81 percent of bets on the spread are on the heavy favorites. Also, 83 percent are betting on the over.
Western Michigan is 8-0 straight up, 6-2 to the number, going 4-0 on the road in both situations. All four road contests have gone under. Ball State is 4-4 outright but 5-3 to the number, yet just 1-2 at home. Ball State has gone under 6-2 including four straight. WMU has been outstanding offensively getting 5.3 yards per rush teams normally allowing 4.6, 9.5 yards per pass to 5.9 and 6.8 yards per play to 5.9. They get 11.3 yards per point to teams normally allowing 13.4. Defensively, the numbers come out average, allowing 5.6 yards per play teams normally getting 5.5.
Ball State is below average on offense, getting 5.5 yards per play to teams that normally allow 5.7. They are very generous on defense, especially against the pass allowing 7.6 to teams averaging 6.9 and 6.1 yards per play to 5.5.
Yards per point is determined by dividing total yards by number of points. Offensively a lower number is considered more efficient. On defense, a higher number is better.
As far as World Series Game 6, the Cubs are -142 road favorites to send it to a Game 7. The total is set at 7. Jake Arrieta takes the hill for the Cubbies against Josh Tomlin for Cleveland.
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