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Buffalo Bulls vs. Ball State Cardinals Predictions, Odds, Picks

Nov. 23, 2021
Dan Dobish
VI Betting Expert

The Buffalo Bulls (4-7, 2-5) square off against the Ball State Cardinals (5-6, 3-4) at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Ind. on Tuesday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on ESPN+.

Score Prediction

Ball State 34, Buffalo 30

Best Bets

Buffalo +6.5 (-110)

Over 58.5 (-110)

Buffalo Bulls vs. Ball State Cardinals Predictions

The Bulls won't be bowling this season, and they can blame themselves. Buffalo was positioned to make a run for a fourth consecutive season, sitting at 4-4 heading into its home game against Bowling Green on Oct. 30. Buffalo was trucked 56-44 at home, losing outright as 13.5-point favorites, and that touched off a three-game losing skid with the defense forgetting how to cover and tackle. Buffalo suffered a 45-18 loss at Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 9, and they lost a heartbreaker against Northern Illinois last Wednesday, falling 33-27 in overtime. While Bulls fans might not like how things have materialized, OVER bettors certainly have enjoyed the defensive inefficiency, as the OVER is a perfect 3-0 in the past three games.

The Cardinals are still alive for a postseason game, but they need to win this game first. If they lose, there will be no airplane trip to a sunny and warmer location like Boca Raton, Fla. or Nassau in The Bahamas, or perhaps Mobile, Ala. for a bowl game.

Ball State has frittered away its opportunity at clinching bowl eligibility in each of the past two games, falling at Northern Illinois on Nov. 10 by way of a last-second field goal for the Huskies. Then came last week, and Ball State was dominated by a red-hot Central Michigan offense, losing at Scheumann by a 37-17 score. Unlike Buffalo, it's been all about lower scoring games, and Ball State enters on a 4-0 UNDER run dating back to Oct. 30.

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Buffalo Bulls vs. Ball State Cardinals Betting Resources

  • Matchup: MAC
  • Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
  • Venue: Scheumann Stadium
  • Location: Muncie, Indiana
  • TV-Time: ESPN+ - 7:00 p.m. ET

Buffalo Bulls Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 4-7
  • ATS: 3-7-1-
  • O/U: 6-5
  • ATS - Home: 2-3-1
  • ATS - Away: 1-4

The Bulls covered two of their first three games back in September, including a near-miss against a ranked Coastal Carolina team on Sept. 18 in Buffalo. Ever since, the Bulls have been a favorite of bettors fading them. Buffalo is 1-6-1 ATS across the past eight games, with its lone cover their most recent victory at Akron on Oct. 23. That's the only cover since mid-September. The OVER has connected in three in a row for Buffalo, allowing 33, 45 and 56 across the past three outings, while going for 44, 18 and 27 on offense.

Buffalo piled up 222 rushing yards against NIU last week, and running the football never seems to be a problem for the Bulls. Buffalo put up a good fight against the MAC West Division champion Huskies last week, but stopping the run was equally difficult. The Bulls were trampled for 308 yards on the ground, and 505 total yards overall, and the Huskies had 25 first downs to just 19 for the Bulls. Other than that, it was a fairly even game, and the Bulls almost kept hope alive for a bowl. Almost.

The Bulls are 0-3-1 ATS in the past four games as an underdog, 1-5 ATS in the past six against teams with a losing record and 0-5 ATS in the past five following a straight-up loss. All of that doesn't sound like it bodes well for Buffalo. However, the Bulls are 6-2 ATS in the past eight appearances on a Tuesday.

Ball State Cardinals Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

The only team in the Mid-American Conference with a worse ATS mark than the Bulls (3-7-1 ATS) is the Cardinals. Ball State has a MAC-worst 3-8 ATS mark, including 0-4 ATS in the previous four outings. It's been a tale of three seasons for Ball State actually. It started 1-3 SU/0-4 ATS in the first four games, before a 3-0 SU/ATS run from Oct. 2-16. But it's gone south again for the Cardinals, going 1-3 SU/0-4 ATS across the past four since Oct. 23.

It's all about the UNDER for Ball State lately, too, hitting in each of the past four outings, and eight of 11 games overall this season. The Cards are 1-4 ATS in the past five games at home, and 1-4 ATS in the past five as a favorite, too. Ball State has also failed to cover its past four MAC games, and they're just 1-6 ATS in the past seven games following a non-cover. Ball State is also a dismal 9-23 ATS in the past 32 appearances in the month of November, while going 3-7 ATS in the past 10 games on a Tuesday.

As far as the total, the UNDER has hit in seven straight home games for Ball State, while going 5-0 in the past five appearances in November. The UNDER is also 4-1 in the past five as a favorite, too.

  • SU: 5-6
  • ATS: 3-8
  • O/U: 3-8
  • ATS - Home: 1-4
  • ATS - Away: 2-4

Buffalo has allowed 44.7 PPG across the past three games, all OVER results. (AP)

Inside the Stats - Buffalo Bulls

  • Record: 4-7
  • VI Ranking:
  • Points Scored: 348
  • Points Allowed: 339
  • PS/G: 31.6
  • PA/G: 30.8

Inside the Stats - Ball State Cardinals

  • Record: 5-6
  • VI Ranking:
  • Points Scored: 273
  • Points Allowed: 315
  • PS/G: 24.8
  • PA/G: 28.6

Key Players to Watch

  • BUFF: Kyle Vantrease - QB (160/261, 1,863 yards, 11 total TDs, 6 INT)
  • BUFF: Dylan McDuffie - RB (189 carries, 985 yards, 11 TD)
  • BALL: Drew Plitt - QB (202/334, 2,072 yards, 16 TD, 5 INT)
  • BALL: Carson Steele - RB (152 carries, 784 yards, 6 TD)

Buffalo Bulls vs. Ball State Cardinals Betting Conclusion

We've had plenty of UNDER results lately for Ball State, but Buffalo has hit the OVER in three in a row. And OVER is the trend when these teams get together, too, cashing in each of the past five meetings in Muncie. The underdog is a perfect 6-0 ATS in the previous six meetings, so that bodes well for the Bulls, too.

Buffalo is catching nearly a touchdown in this one, as they look to keep it close and perhaps spoil the season of Ball State and keep the Cardinals from going to a bowl. This is basically Buffalo's bowl game now. The strength of the Bulls is running the football, and the Cardinals aren't terribly good at stopping the run. This is going to be a very close game, and if Ball State wins, it's going to be by the slimmest of margins.

Buffalo Bulls vs. Ball State Cardinals Betting Trends

  • Buffalo is 1-6-1 ATS in the past eight games overall.
  • Ball State is 0-4 ATS in the past four games overall.
  • The OVER is 13-5 in Buffalo's past 18 MAC games.
  • The UNDER is 7-0 in Ball State's past seven home games.
  • The underdog is 6-0 ATS in the past six in this series.
  • The OVER is 5-0 in the past five meetings at Ball State.

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