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Eastern Michigan @ Ball State

Current Records: Eastern Michigan 4-3; Ball State 4-3

What to Know

Get ready for a Mid-American battle as the Ball State Cardinals and the Eastern Michigan Eagles will face off at 2 p.m. ET Saturday at Scheumann Stadium. Ball State will be strutting in after a victory while EMU will be stumbling in from a defeat.

The Cardinals didn't have too much breathing room in their contest with the Connecticut Huskies last week, but they still walked away with a 25-21 win. It was another big night for Ball State's RB Carson Steele, who rushed for three TDs and 179 yards on 32 carries.

Meanwhile, EMU found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unfortunate 39-10 punch to the gut against the Northern Illinois Huskies last week. QB Taylor Powell had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: despite one touchdown, he threw one interception with only 197 yards passing.

This next game is expected to be close, with Ball State going off at just a 2.5-point favorite. Those burned by picking them against the spread last week might want to keep in mind that the squad has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.

The Cardinals were able to grind out a solid victory over the Eagles when the two teams previously met in October of last year, winning 38-31. Will Ball State repeat their success, or does EMU have a better game plan this time around? We'll find out soon enough.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 2 p.m. ET
  • Where: Scheumann Stadium -- Muncie, Indiana
  • TV: ESPN Plus
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $18.00


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

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Cardinals as a 3-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Ball State have won four out of their last seven games against Eastern Michigan.

  • Oct 16, 2021 - Ball State 38 vs. Eastern Michigan 31
  • Nov 11, 2020 - Ball State 38 vs. Eastern Michigan 31
  • Oct 12, 2019 - Ball State 29 vs. Eastern Michigan 23
  • Oct 20, 2018 - Eastern Michigan 42 vs. Ball State 20
  • Nov 02, 2017 - Eastern Michigan 56 vs. Ball State 14
  • Nov 08, 2016 - Eastern Michigan 48 vs. Ball State 41
  • Sep 19, 2015 - Ball State 28 vs. Eastern Michigan 17