At 2:00 ET , the Golden Flashes and Cardinals square off at Scheumann Stadium in a week 12 NCAAF matchup. TV coverage belongs to ESPN+ with the game being played on Saturday, November 18th. In a matchup between two Mid-American rivals, the Cardinals are 12 point favorites at home. Which side are we taking? Read on to get our pick and analysis.


The Pick: Kent State Golden Flashes +12

This game will be played at Scheumann Stadium at 2:00 ET on Saturday, November 18th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 28-16 in favor of Ball State.
  • Even though we have Ball State winning straight-up, we like Kent State at +12.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 42 points, and we like the over with a projected 44 points.

Are the Golden Flashes Ready for a Win at Muncie?

The Kent State Golden Flashes take on the Ball State with a 1-9 record, including 0-6 on the road and 0-3 at home.

This season, Kent State has gone into all of their games as the underdog and have an ATS mark of 1-7-1. So far, their average scoring margin is -19.8 points per contest.

After 10 games, the average over/under line in Kent State’s matches stands at 46.4 points. The collective score in their games has averaged 49 points, resulting in an OU record of 6-3.

The Golden Flashes are currently ranked 35th in college football with 379 rushing attempts per game. In terms of rush yards, they are at 113.1 rushing yards per game, which is 108th in the nation. Looking at their production in the passing game, they are averaging 25.5 attempts per game and gain an average of 165.3 passing yards. Overall, they hold the 103rd spot with 14.6 points per game.

Defensively, the Golden Flashes enter the game with 11 sacks and ranked 1st in QB hurries. They’ve allowed 34.4 points per game thus far this season (135th). In terms of pass defense, they’re 100th in the NCAA, giving up 230.3 passing yards per game. Against the run, Kent State has allowed 159.4 rushing yards per contest thus far.

Do the Cardinals Have What it Takes at Home?

With a 3-7 record, the Ball State Cardinals take on Kent State. Their road record so far is (1-5) and at home (1-2).

Having been the underdog in all of their games so far, Ball State has an ATS mark of 4-4-1. Their scoring margin for the season is -10.3 (per game).

So far in this season, Ball State has posted an over/under record of 3-6. On average, their matchups have yielded a combined score of 44.3 points, with the typical over/under line set at 47.7 points.

The Cardinals’ heads into the game, averaging 148.6 rushing yards per game and 4 yards per attempt. Overall, they’re 79th in rushing yards and 79th in passing yards at 146 yards per contest. Ball State is averaging 17 points per game, which is 101st in the nation.

On defense, the Cardinals defense has 20 sacks and are 1st in QB hurries. So far, teams are scoring 27.3 points per game against them (105th). In terms of pass defense, they’re ranked 83rd in the NCAA, allowing 221.3 passing yards per game. Moreover, Ball State’s run defense is allowing 127.7 rushing yards per contest.