Indiana vs. Ball State prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins between the Hoosiers and Cardinals.
Indiana vs. Ball State Game Preview
When: Saturday, Sept. 10 – 4 p.m. ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
Indiana and Ball State haven’t met since 2012, when the Cardinals won a third consecutive meeting. The Hoosiers have gradually improved under coach Kevin Wilson – they made their first bowl appearance in eight years last season – and eventually pulled away for an easy win on the road in the season-opener.
What To Know About Indiana
The Hoosiers trailed Florida International by a point going into the fourth quarter before Richard Langow threw two touchdown passes and Tegray Scales capped the 34-13 victory with a 16-yard interception return. Not surprisingly, Langow struggled in his debut but came on strong when needed, and it helped that Devine Redding busted out for 135 yards on 6.1 per carry.
What to Know About Ball State
Whether it was the original plan or an adjustment due to Riley Neal’s two interceptions, the Cardinals ran, ran and ran some more in Friday’s 31-21 win over Georgia State. James Gilbert rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and Darian Green and Teddy Williamson added scores on the ground in the fourth quarter to put the game away. When it was over, Ball State rushed 52 times compared to 29 pass attempts for Neal.
Offense: Indiana – Both teams are going to keep the ball on the ground most of the game, but the edge goes to the Hoosiers because I’d trust Langow more than Neal if and when the passing game is needed to make a play.
Matchup To Watch
The running games vs. rush defenses
Spread: Indiana -17 1/2
Indiana vs. Ball State Prediction
Redding and Gilbert won’t be able to put up gaudy numbers like last week against more stout defenses. Langow outshines Neal by throwing three touchdown passes to get the Hoosiers out with a victory.