Ball State Cardinals Not Looking Ahead Of Western Michigan

By Joseph Lisi
Ball State
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The Ball State Cardinals are peaking at just the right time of the season. The team has won four straight games and is undefeated in MAC play (3-0). The team will head to the road this weekend to face a winless Western Michigan team (0-7) that will be hungry for a victory. With the goal of winning the division and playing in the MAC Championship game well within their reach, the team cannot afford to be looking ahead of the Broncos.

The Cardinals’ high-octane offensive attack is hitting on all cylinders as they are averaging 39.3 points per game (22nd in the nation). Quarterback Keith Wenning continues to put up big numbers week in and week out for Ball State. The senior has completed 60.5 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions.

The Cardinals boast the 12th-best passing attack in the nation, averaging 332.9 passing yards per game. Wide receivers Willie Snead and Jordan Williams have a combined 91 receptions for 1,470 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Western Michigan may be 0-7, but the Broncos have a solid pass defense entering this ball game. For the season, Western Michigan is yielding 163.4 passing yards per game. They have struggled in generating a pass rush with five sacks through seven games this season. The soft spot of the defense is in run support, with the Broncos giving up 274.1 rushing yards per game.

Turnovers could play a major role in this game with Western Michigan having a -11 in turnover margin. Ball State is +5 in turnover margin.

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