Central Michigan at Ball State 11-18-09

November 18, 2009


How the mighty have fallen. Last year, the Ball State Cardinals came into Kelly/Shorts Stadium 10-0 and ranked as the #14 team in the nation to face an 8-2 Central Michigan squad for a trip to the MAC Championship game. The aftermath was a 31-24 Ball State victory in a back and fourth game that sent the Cardinals to Ford Field for the MAC Championship game.

Fast forward one year and Ball State is missing numerous components from their record setting year, most notably quarterback Nate Davis, who was an early entry into the NFL Draft, and their head coach Brady Hoke, who opted to take the head coaching job at San Diego State. With those pieces gone, the Cardinals found it hard to reload and currently sit at 1-9 (1-5) and faced with the reality that their lone win came over an 0-10 (0-6) Eastern Michigan squad that managed to put just 1535 fans in the seats to witness it. Needless to say, the stakes are different for the 2009 Central Michigan vs. Ball State match-up.

Central Michigan could lose this game and still advance to the MAC Championship because the crucial game comes next week against Northern Illinois. The Chippewas are coming off a huge win over Toledo, a game they scored 56 points. In their two previous contests scoring 48 points or more, they only won by seven at Buffalo and 11 at Western Michigan the following week. Every other conference win came by two touchdowns or more. Ball State has won just one time this season – a two-point squeaker at Eastern Michigan. However, six of its nine defeats came by a touchdown or less. The Cardinals might not keep this one within seven points, but the margin of defeat won’t be by more than two touchdowns either. Take Ball State

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