through 3 quarters
Only a quarter more separates the Ball State Cardinals from the victory they were meant to claim before tonight. Three quarters and their attack really knew how to impose its will, dominating the Buffalo Bulls 20-3.
Ball State leaned on QB Drew Plitt, who passed for a touchdown and 153 yards on 26 attempts in addition to hitting a rushing touchdown, and WR Jayshon Jackson, who was on the other end of that touchdown and tacked 98 receiving yards. Buffalo is riding the performance of RB Dylan McDuffie, who amassed 61 rushing yards on 16 carries.
It’s tied for the fewest points the Bulls have had this season heading into the fourth quarter.
Buffalo @ Ball State
Current records: Buffalo 4-7; Ball Condition 5-6
What there is to know
A mid-American battle is underway between the Buffalo Bulls and the Ball State Cardinals at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday at Scheumann Stadium. Both teams suffered a loss in their last game, so they will have a lot of motivation to get the “W”.
Buffalo put up a good fight in their overtime game against the Northern Illinois Huskies on Wednesday, but ended in a less than desirable result, losing 33-27. The contest was a 10-10 halftime draw, but the Bulls were outplayed the rest of the way. Buffalo’s loss came despite a quality game from RB Dylan McDuffie, who rushed for a touchdown and 125 yards on 29 carries.
Meanwhile, Ball State lost to the Central Michigan Chippewas at home by a decisive margin of 37-17. RB Carson Steele put in a good effort for the losing team by scoring a touchdown.
Buffalo is expected to lose this next by 6.5. Those who stay with them ATS have guts, to put it politely, as the team has let punters down in their last three games.
The losses put Buffalo at 4-7 and Ball State at 5-6. A pair of defensive stats to watch: The Bulls stumble into the game with the 234th most rushed touchdowns allowed in the nation, after dropping 26 this season. The Cardinals have had an even tougher time: They are 210th worst in the country in rushing touchdowns allowed, with 21 over the season. It’s possible that one of those Achilles’ heels will end up tripping the losing team.
How to watch
- When: Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET
- Or: Scheumann Stadium – Muncie, Indiana
- TV: ESPN More
- Online broadcast: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- To follow: CBS Sports app
- Cost of the ticket: $ 17.00
Cardinals are solid 6.5-point favorite against Bulls, latest says college football odds.
Bettors were very much in line with the betting community on this one as the game opened with a 6.5 point spread and stayed there.
Over / Under: -110
History of the series
Ball State has won two of its last three games against Buffalo.
- December 18, 2020 – Ball State 38 vs. Buffalo 28
- November 16, 2017 – Buffalo 40 vs. Ball State 24
- October 15, 2016 – Ball State 31 vs. Buffalo 21