Ball State Cardinals vs Georgia Bulldogs 9/9/2023 – College football fans, get ready for an action-packed Saturday afternoon as the Ball State Cardinals square off against the mighty Georgia Bulldogs at the iconic Sanford Stadium. This matchup promises to deliver thrilling moments as two teams with contrasting fortunes in recent years clash on the gridiron. Let’s dive into the details and insights for this exciting game. The top online sportsbook odds are updated online as these top teams clash in an important game.
Ball State Cardinals vs Georgia Bulldogs 9/9/2023
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023 12:00 PM ET|
|Cardinals||+43.5 (-115)||56.5 o (-112)||+2200|
|Bulldogs||-43.5 (-115)||56.5 u (-110)||-100000|
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The Ball State Cardinals (0-1) are coming off a challenging season opener, where they faced the Kentucky Wildcats on the road and suffered a 44-14 loss. Last season ended on a sour note for the Cardinals with a three-game losing streak, resulting in them missing out on a bowl game. However, they are determined to bounce back and make a statement in the current season.
In their game against Kentucky, Ball State displayed resilience and managed to possess the ball for more than 38 minutes. They initiated the scoring with a 13-play, 73-yard drive culminating in a two-yard touchdown by quarterback Layne Hatcher, taking an early 7-3 lead. Wide receiver Ty Robinson was a standout, catching five passes for 90 yards and finding the end zone on a five-yard pass from Kadin Semonza. Despite the loss, the Cardinals put up a respectable fight, with both teams producing a balanced offense. Kentucky outgained Ball State by a margin of 357-295.
The Georgia Bulldogs (1-0) have been a powerhouse in college football, clinching consecutive national championships and aiming to achieve a historic three-peat—a feat not seen since the 1930s when Minnesota achieved it. In their season opener, Georgia, ranked as the top team, faced off against FCS UT Martin and secured a dominant 48-7 home victory.
NCAA Betting Odds: Georgia State Bulldogs
The Bulldogs showcased their offensive prowess, accumulating an impressive 559 yards of total offense. Junior quarterback Carson Beck made a successful debut with 294 passing yards and a touchdown. Talented tight end Brock Bowers played a crucial role, contributing 77 receiving yards on five receptions. The Bulldogs, despite a somewhat sluggish start, found their groove in the second half, scoring 31 points.
However, it’s worth noting that the Georgia defense, known for its tenacity, only forced one turnover in the game. This aspect might require some attention as they face tougher opponents down the road.
Georgia Players to Watch
Carson Beck: The quarterback has already put up 294 passing yards with a 67.7% completion rate, throwing one touchdown. He’s also contributed 12 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.
Brock Bowers: The talented tight end has been a standout, with five receptions for 77 yards, averaging 77.0 receiving yards per game.
Mekhi Mews: He’s added 75 receiving yards and one touchdown to the mix.
C.J. Smith: Smith has recorded 57 receiving yards on two receptions.
Mykel Williams: Williams leads the team with one sack and has collected one TFL (tackle for loss).
Ball State Players to Watch
Kadin Semonza: The quarterback has posted 165 passing yards with a 71.4% completion rate, one touchdown, and no interceptions.
Ty Robinson: Robinson stands out with five receptions for 90 yards and one touchdown, averaging 90.0 receiving yards per game.
Tanner Koziol: He’s added eight catches for 66 yards this season.
Sidney Houston Jr.: Houston has one sack, two TFLs, and three tackles.
Tyler Potts: Potts leads the team with one interception this season and has added three tackles and one pass defended.
Ball State Cardinals Betting Trends
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Ball State’s last 8 games.
Ball State are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ball State’s last 6 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Southeastern Conference.
Ball State are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games played in September.
Ball State are 3-10 SU in their last 13 games played in week 2.
Georgia Bulldogs Betting Trends
Georgia are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Georgia’s last 5 games.
Georgia are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games.
Bulldogs are 18-0 SU in their last 18 games at home.
Georgia are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Mid-American conference.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Georgia’s last 5 games played in September.
Ball State Cardinals vs Georgia Bulldogs Betting Picks
As the Ball State Cardinals face off against the Georgia Bulldogs, college football enthusiasts can expect an intriguing clash between a determined underdog and a powerhouse program. While Georgia aims for a historic three-peat, Ball State is eager to prove its mettle and bounce back from last season’s setbacks. Keep an eye on these players to watch as they vie for supremacy on the field. The Saturday afternoon showdown at Sanford Stadium promises to be an unforgettable encounter filled with excitement and gridiron action. The Georgia Bulldogs are predicted to win in this game as per the college football betting odds.
Score Prediction: Bulldogs 41, Cardinals 14.