| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 | BALL STATE CARDINALS VS. PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS

The Ball State Cardinals and the Penn State Nittany Lions will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Beaver Stadium.

Oddsmakers opened the Nittany Lions as -20.5-point favorites versus the Cardinals, while the game's total opened at 54.5.

Penn State was a 16-10 winner in its last match on the road against Badgers. They covered the +5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 26 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Ball State:

Team record: 1-0 SU,0-1 ATS

Ball State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games

Ball State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Ball State's last 7 games

Penn State:

Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS

Penn State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games

Penn State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Penn State is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home

Next up:

Ball State at Wyoming Saturday, September 18

Penn State home to Auburn Saturday, September 18

This is the first meeting between these programs and both teams are hot against the spread, with Ball State covering five of six and Penn State covering five straight. The Nittany Lions are favored by 22.5 points in the latest Penn State vs. Ball State odds from Caesars Sportsbook and the over-under is set at 57.5. Before entering any Ball State vs. Penn State picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.

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A head-to-head clash between the Ball State Cardinals and Penn State Nittany Lions takes center stage at Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Penn State stood up to Wisconsin in a tough divisional opener last week that ended in a 16-10 victory for the Nittany Lions. Now, they’ll turn their attention towards a visiting Ball State team coming off a 31-21 win over Western Illinois. The Cardinals will be entering this game as 23-point dogs.

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There are a few things to take into account here. First, Ball State is not a team that can be overlooked. As a premier team in its conference, it received votes in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. We have seen the Nittany Lions play down to certain teams in the past, including Appalachian State a few years back. I think this would be a similar game to that if it were week 1.

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KEY INJURIES

Ball State Injuries

Brandon Martin LB 9/5 Knee QUESTIONABLE Martin missed the last game with a right knee injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Saturday versus Penn State.

Penn State Injuries

John Lovett RB 9/8 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Lovett sat out the last game with a undetermined injury, and it is unclear if he will be available for Saturday's tilt versus Ball State.

Sal Wormley OL 9/8 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Wormley is bothered by an unknown issue, and it has yet to be established if he will partake in Saturday's battle with Ball State.

Keaton Ellis CB 9/8 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Ellis is dealing with an undefined injury, and it is up in the air if he will play against Ball State on Saturday.

Hakeem Beamon DT 9/8 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Beamon has an injury to an unlisted area, leaving his status for Saturday's showdown with Ball State clouded.

Charlie Katshir LB 9/5 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Katshir missed the previous contest with an undefined issue, and it is unknown if he will take on Ball State on Saturday.

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