Through 3 Quarters

The Central Michigan Chippewas are on the road but looking no worse for wear. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the Ball State Cardinals 34-17 three quarters in.

CMU has been led by RB Lew Nichols III, who so far has rushed for three TDs and 188 yards on 25 carries. Nichols III has put himself on the highlight reel with a 66-yard TD scramble in the second quarter.

RB Carson Steele has led the way so far for Ball State, as he has rushed for one TD and 86 yards on 17 carries.

The Cardinals have been used to carrying a lead into the fourth quarter lately, so we'll see how they respond to the deficit.

Who's Playing

Central Michigan @ Ball State

Current Records: Central Michigan 6-4; Ball State 5-5

What to Know

The Central Michigan Chippewas and the Ball State Cardinals are set to square off in a Mid-American matchup at 7 p.m. ET Nov. 17 at Scheumann Stadium. The Chippewas will be strutting in after a victory while Ball State will be stumbling in from a defeat.

The Kent State Golden Flashes typically have all the answers at home, but last week CMU proved too difficult a challenge. CMU put the hurt on Kent State with a sharp 54-30 win. The victory came about thanks to a strong surge after the first quarter to overcome a 14 to nothing deficit. RB Lew Nichols III went supernova for CMU as he rushed for four TDs and 215 yards on 43 carries.

Meanwhile, it was all tied up 17-17 at halftime, but the Cardinals were not quite the Northern Illinois Huskies' equal in the second half when they met last Wednesday. Ball State had victory within their grasp but couldn't quite capture it as the squad lost 30-29 to the Huskies. Despite the loss, Ball State got a solid performance out of WR Justin Hall, who punched in two rushing touchdowns.

This next game is expected to be close, with the Chippewas going off at just a 2.5-point favorite. But bettors beware: they are only 1-4 against the spread when favored.

CMU's win brought them up to 6-4 while Ball State's defeat pulled them down to 5-5. Two defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: CMU is 211th worst in the nation in passing touchdowns allowed, with 19 on the season. The Cardinals have experienced some struggles of their own as they are stumbling into the contest with the 206th most rushing touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up 18 on the season. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Scheumann Stadium -- Muncie, Indiana
  • TV: ESPN University
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $14.14


The Chippewas are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Cardinals, according to the latest college football odds.

The line on this game has moved quite a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Cardinals as a 2.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Central Michigan have won four out of their last six games against Ball State.

  • Dec 05, 2020 - Ball State 45 vs. Central Michigan 20
  • Nov 16, 2019 - Central Michigan 45 vs. Ball State 44
  • Oct 13, 2018 - Ball State 24 vs. Central Michigan 23
  • Oct 21, 2017 - Central Michigan 56 vs. Ball State 9
  • Oct 08, 2016 - Central Michigan 24 vs. Ball State 21
  • Oct 24, 2015 - Central Michigan 23 vs. Ball State 21