When it comes to college sports, outside the Muncie area you don't hear much about Ball State. But in terms of results, Ball State was the second best team in the state. Now, I am just writing this and I can already hear the outcry from Boiler fans (let's be honest, IU fans can't say much since they lost at home to BSU), Ball State plays in the MAC, if Purdue played in the MAC they would have easily won that many or more... to that I say "Not so fast my friends!" The Mac has 2 teams ranked in the top 25 (as compared to 3 in the Big 10). The MAC has 7 bowl eligible teams (as compared to 7 for the Big Ten). And in my opinion this is the most telling thing: 3 big wins against Big Ten teams. No, I am not saying that the MAC as a whole is better than the Big Ten, but the MAC is better than most people give the credit for. Kent State, Northern Illinois and Ball State could have all competed in the Big Ten and could have really made a run at a bowl. In early discussions by the Indy star and other sources both Ball State and Kent State's coaches have been mentioned in the Purdue coaching search.
Ball State finished the season 9-3 this year and are currently sitting on a 6 game winning streak, a good year for any program, but considering their 3 losses are all to teams ranked in the BCS top 25 to end the season... that's awesome! Ball State lost by 2 points to Kent State (who many believe is a real threat to crash a BCS game) and its victory knocked Toledo (#25 at the time) from the top 25. Ball State road its high powered offense (ranked 33 in the nation) to a very solid season. Starting QB Wenning had nearly 2900 yards (He should easily reach 3000 once he plays in a bowl game) for the season and 22 TD passes this season. Ball State also had 2 different RB reach the 500 yard mark this season. I have yet to hear officially where Ball State is headed for their bowl game, but wherever it is, they deserve to be there. This is a solid football team, and if they are playing a team from a 'Big' conference... don't overlook this Cardinal tea