The 2020 college football season has been an odd one and after initially postponing the season until spring, MACtion will finally begin on Wednesday evening. The Miami (OH) Redhawks are the defending conference champions and they'll start their season against the Ball State Cardinals at Fred C. Yager Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday and the game will be broadcasted live on CBS Sports Network.
The Cardinals bested the Redhawks last season 41-27 and they've now won three of the last four in the rivalry. Ball State enters Wednesday's matchup as a one-point favorite, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 55.5 in the latest Miami (OH) vs. Ball State odds from William Hill. Before entering any Ball State vs. Miami (OH) picks, you'll want to see the MACtion college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Miami (OH) vs. Ball State spread: Miami (OH) +1
- Miami (OH) vs. Ball State over-under: 55.5 points
- Miami (OH) vs. Ball State money line: Miami (OH) -110, Ball State -110
What to know about the Miami (OH) RedHawks
The Redhawks weren't particularly prolific offensively during their MAC championship season last year, but they welcome back their starting quarterback, their top two runners and their top three receivers in 2020. Brett Gabbert, Jaylon Bester, Tyre Shelton, Jack Sorenson, James Maye and Jalen Walker give the Redhawks an experienced group at the skill positions and 10 total returning starters on offense should make Chuck Martin's group more dynamic in 2020.
Meanwhile, the defense welcomes seven starters back from a unit that allowed 401 yards or less in 10 of its 14 games last season. Senior defensive back Mike Brown will be back after recording three interceptions, 4.5 tackles for loss and recovering a fumble. Brown will be key to the Redhawks' defensive unit after scoring a pair of defensive touchdowns last season.
What to know about the Ball State Cardinals
The Cardinals are coming off a 5-7 season where they failed to make a bowl appearance for the sixth year in a row. However, Mike Neu is back for his fifth season at the helm and there is a lot of optimism for a team that welcomes back 17 returning starters after suffering three conference losses by four points or fewer in 2019.
Drew Plitt is back at quarterback after completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,918 yards and 24 touchdowns against just seven interceptions last season. He'll be flanked by returning running back Caleb Huntley, who ran for 1,275 yards and 12 scores last year. That pair combined to account for over 500 yards of total offense and six scores against Miami (OH) a season ago.
How to make Miami (OH) vs. Ball State picks
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