How to watch Ball State vs. Western Illinois: Live stream, TV channel, start time for Thursday’s NCAA Football game

Who’s Playing

Western Illinois @ Ball State

Last Season Records: Ball State 7-1; Western Illinois 1-5

What to Know

The Ball State Cardinals will play against a Division II opponent, the Western Illinois Leathernecks, in an early-season tune-up on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET at Scheumann Stadium. After a 7-1 record last season and a win in the Arizona Bowl, Ball State is coming in with an eye to spark another quality season.

The Cardinals have the odds in their favor, so they’ll need to guard against complacency. A win is hardly a sure thing, especially this early in the season, so expect a good game.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 7 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


The Cardinals are a big 25.5-point favorite against the Leathernecks, according to the latest college football odds.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.