The Ball State Cardinals are coming off their biggest victory of the season. On Saturday, the Cardinals defeated ACC opponent Virginia on the road in an impressive 48-27 win. Sitting at 5-1, the Cardinals are a solid contender for the MAC Championship game in Detroit.
The Cardinals torched the Cavaliers last week for 506 total yards of offense. Quarterback Keith Wenning threw for 346 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. On the year, Wenning has completed 62.7 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. The Cardinals have been getting solid offensive line play, which has protected Wenning and has given the senior time to find his receivers.
The Cardinals possess the 12th-ranked passing offense in the nation at 337.5 passing yards per game, and are ranked 22nd in the country averaging 41.3 points per game. The team ranks 86th in the nation, averaging 140.5 rushing yards per game.
Ball State has seen their defense start to gel over the last three games. The Cardinals have created 10 turnovers on defense in victories over Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Virginia. The Cardinals are very opportunistic on defense with a +6 in turnover margin.
The Cardinals opponent this Saturday, the Kent State Golden Flashes, have struggled to find answers offensively in the 2013 season. The team has had to deal with the early-season injury to star running back Dri Archer, and has had to bear the growing pains with freshman quarterback Colin Reardon.
The Golden Flashes are 105th in the nation passing yards (183.8 yards per game) and 87th in the country in rushing yards per game (140.3 yards per game). They are averaging 18 points per game, which ranks 111th in the nation in points scored. The Golden Flashes have surrendered 30.3 points per game and are surrendering 231.5 passing yards per game.