Watch Ball State vs. Western Illinois: How to 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 Thursday at 7 p.m. ET at Scheumann Stadium. After a 7-1 record last year and a win in the Arizona Bowl, the Cardinals are coming in with an eye to spark another quality season.

Ball State is the favorite in this one, with an expected 32-point (!) margin of victory. It would take nothing short of a miracle for WIU to pull off a win, but maybe they can at least keep Ball State from covering the spread.

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
  • Ticket Cost: $23.00


The Cardinals are a big 32-point favorite against the Leathernecks, 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 25.5-point favorite.

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.